Monday, August 23, 2010


Back in the spring Pat and I planted a vegetable garden. Last year Pat had tomatoes and peppers in a couple pots. They did so well that we decided to expand into what I call suburban agriculture. We've had mixed success with the raised bed so far. Carrots and radishes didn't do so well. Tomatoes have been a huge success. I've wanted to show some of our produce. The problem's been that we keep eating the tomatoes as soon as we pick them. Sometimes they don't make it into the house. The ones in the bowl below are long gone. They sure were tasty.

Our pumpkin patch has succeeded beyond anything we dreamed of. We have enough for the kids in the neighborhood. We talked to a couple parents about letting the kids pick their own punpkins. Everyone thought it was a great idea, so all I have to do is get some machetes. Think about it, kids and machetes. There's a B movie from the 50's in there somewhere (just kidding).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

camping with the grobles

Pat and I spent a wonderful night camping last weekend. Not that sleeping bag, crawling in and out of tents, cooking over a wood fire kind of camping. We did plenty of that when we were younger. No, this was camping how it should be. We camped at Kridler Gardens in Homeworth Ohio. In the middle of a 100 acre wooded wonderland is this little cabin. Now you might say that what Pat and I were doing was more like staying in a really comfortable hotel. I say nay to that. There was no TV reception and we were in the middle of the woods. It got really, really dark when the sun went down. I had a flashlight, just in case, so it was camping. To top it off, it rained all night. Listening to the rain on the steel roof was very cool. It was a magnificently peaceful time.
Oh yeah, I couldn't’t resist. We went home with a couple of hibiscus, a tall coneflower (rudbeckia laciniata) and some more hosta.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

beauty on the tollway II

While I might not be gardening as much as I would like, I am seeing all the sights along the Ohio Turnpike and Indiana Tollway. Just west of Angola IN I happened upon (well maybe not exactly happened upon, since both the tollway and field are always there) a commercial flower operation. How cool is that? I saw it a couple of weeks ago but my camera was packed away. Now the camera sits on the dash.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

beauty on the tollway

Coming home from what have turned into weekly 4 day visits to Chicago, I happened upon beauty on the tollway in Indiana. For a moment, I forgot why I’m making these trips.