First Fruits

Today's harvest

Today’s harvest

As the last hours of astronomical Spring wind down, the first summer fruits of the season were ready for harvesting in my garden today. In the basket are a Y-Star patty-pan squash, 2 Noche zucchinis, and 1 Spineless Perfection zucchini. The Noches are the darker fruits on the left. I predict that an equal number (or more!) will be ready tomorrow. Yup, it’s squash-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner time!

Of course, we’ve been eating Spring crops for a couple of months. The below-normal temperatures allowed us to harvest truly wonderful lettuces and spinaches until two weeks ago. The beet crop is coming in. We’ve conducted an initial taste test between the two varieties we grew, which I’ll report on later. The carrots are still trying, but, as is usual in my garden, carrots are a bit of an uphill battle. Wonder Spouse harvested almost all the onions two weeks ago. They are stored in the basement until he needs them for another of his culinary masterpieces  — oh yes, ladies, he cooks too. 🙂

We got about a half inch from a passing thunderstorm yesterday, so the veggies all looked shiny and fresh this morning. Here’s what one of the zucchini plants looked like before I picked:

Zucchini manufacturing in progress.

Zucchini manufacturing in progress.

This Y-Star patty pan plant looked equally busy:

I see squash bread baking in my near future.

I see squash bread baking in my near future.

It’s easy to tell by the exuberant growth of the squashes, the zillions of skinny beanlets dangling from the Fortex pole bean vines, the clusters of green globes beneath wide tomato leaves, and the tiny peppers pushing out from sturdy Italian pepper plants that the Summer Solstice is nearly here. In my garden, it will arrive at 1:04 a.m. EDT this Friday morning, June 21.

I didn’t really need a calendar to tell me Summer was knocking at the door. The plants and animals that share my five acres of green chaos have been reminding me for weeks now. As more evidence, I offer two more participants in the ongoing daylily parade.

Daylily 'Lady Inara' reminds me of warm summer sunsets at the beach.

Daylily ‘Lady Inara’ reminds me of warm summer sunsets at the beach.

Daylily "Prairie Blue Eyes' isn't really blue, but she's a looker for sure.

Daylily “Prairie Blue Eyes’ isn’t really blue, but she’s a looker for sure.

Happy Almost Summer, ya’ll!

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  1. #1 by Jerree Scheitlin on June 20, 2013 - 2:01 pm

    Yum. I wish I was there. Love, Jerree

    • #2 by piedmontgardener on June 21, 2013 - 12:16 pm

      I’d mail you some of the excess if I thought they’d get there in good condition, Jerree. Alas, the squashes I grow are far too tender to manage such a trip.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. #3 by Inara Howard on July 12, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    I’ve been looking for these lilies for years! Could you point me in the right direction? I’ve also never seen any as bright as yours ~ usually they’re more of peachy-pink. This one does look like a sunset! :o)

    • #4 by piedmontgardener on July 22, 2013 - 9:09 am

      Hi, Inara.

      I’m afraid I can’t help you with a source. I bought mine from Holly Hills Daylily Nursery in Moncure, NC about seventeen years ago. But the gentleman who ran it — a botany professor at UNC-Chapel Hill — retired, closed his business, and moved elsewhere. Good luck in your quest!

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