Today’s our first grey day in many weeks. The plants and grass, in particular, are shouting for joy.
My wonderful and very generous neighbor, Deb, contacted me to say if we wouldn’t mind climbing a ladder to come help ourselves; their Bing and Queen Anne cherry trees needed to be picked or fruit would go to waste. We jumped at this. We are Pickers after all! Many more pounds of cherries are chilling out in my kitchen now, and I’m gathering the energy to begin pitting again.
About a week ago I began chronicling the progress of our tomato plants. Again this year, I’m growing all in big pots in the greenhouse, and on chillier days like today, that makes a lot of sense.
I’ve been transplanting seedlings into larger pots in stages in an attempt to extend the tomato harvest. This year’s varieties are Early Girl, Lemon Boy, Yellow Pear, and Ten Fingers of Naples. Most I started from seed.
I just transplanted the last seedlings of Ten Fingers of Naples into their large pot two weeks ago. This variety is from Baker Creek heirloom seeds, and promises oblong, slightly pointy Roma style tomatoes. I couldn’t resist the name since I have such great memories of living in the Naples area from 1998-2000.
I’m growing a couple pots of peppers again — bells and jalapeños — and they’re doing well.
Also growing well in our greenhouse are volunteer pink peony poppies. They come up in the gravel, remnants of years ago, and cheerfully greet me when I open the greenhouse doors. Other pink flowers of mention blooming at Coppertop ahead of schedule are these gladioli. This variety is called ‘Fiorentina’. I must be in an Italy state of mind!