Six on Saturday - July 17, 2021

 It's Saturday again, which means time for Six on Saturday.

1 - First tomato harvest, except the Chocolate Cherry I already ate!  These are Purple Russian, not terribly purple.  As rule I don't grow purple tomatoes, preferring the red ones, but these were free seeds.  Both the cherry tomato and these tasted great, being the first just picked tomatoes of the year!  But... both varieties had very thick skin.  The cherry was so thick I was left with a lot to spit out (sorry) when I was done.  I wonder if it has something to do with the weather? 

2 - Paper wasp nest found on the ground.  The top photo shows the little "stem" that held it to whatever it held it to, probably my eave.  Each little cell in the nest held an egg, and then a larvae. 


3 - Bought a while back at Goodwill, these glass sandpipers have a summer home in the herb garden.  I had to bury their legs quite deeply to keep them sturdy, they are solid glass and quite top-heavy.

4 - This large, 16" tall, terra-cotta pot was free on the curb down the street. 

 

Yes, it has a large hold in one side!  

But, hole faced away, and with the addition of a large plastic pot, it's still usable, and no one will know! 


5 - A mysterious squash type plant appeared, and is growing like crazy.  The first photo is July 11, the last July 16.  The tomato cage is for protection from Mickey, since it's growing near the mud digging pit caused by his leaky pool.  I don't have anything growing that I planted with leaves like this.  There's another one about 12' away from this one.  I hope it's not a summer squash of any kind, I won't eat them.  Ick. 


6 - I can't get enough of the daylilies!  Most of mine are young, so not a lot to them yet, but for a full-size bloom or two.   First is a Lullaby Baby.  The middle photo is May May in the back yard.  Scottish Fantasy is at the third, growing next to Lullaby Baby in the front yard. 



Let's see your six! 

Comments

  1. Hmm, why don't I have any daylilies? I've seen a lot feature lately. That's a very cunning plan for the free broken pot!

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    1. I don't know, why don't you have any daylilies? :) A smaller pot and I would have left it on the curb, but large terra-cotta pots are hard to find, or too expensive for me.

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  2. Lovely Daylilies. I only have the one, but I'd like to find some room for more! I love those little sandpipers. I cheerful ornament here and there can add so much to the garden :)

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    1. That's so true. I'll bring these little fellas in come winter.

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  3. I love them all. Great idea with the pot, I don't know if I would have thought of that. I can't wait to see what the mysterious squash type plant turns out to be!

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    1. Incredibly, it's even bigger this afternoon! It will probably be something I won't eat, like a zucchini. But, the suspense is fun!

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  4. Beautiful daylilies ! Especially the one with the raindrops … it’s nice to harvest the first tomatoes of the season. Their taste is incomparable and it's great to enjoy them all summer long.

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    1. Oh, if only those were raindrops, but they are just from the sprinkler. No rain. Tomatoes and green beans are the two vegetables that taste the best home grown and just picked.

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    1. Thanks. I have developed an obsession for them!

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  6. That's a great six. Beautiful daylilies and I love the sandpipers. As for the free pot, what a find. I'm with you when it comes to reusing found treasures.

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    1. I never had people putting free things on the curbs before moving here. Sundays and Mondays are the best days, after weekend garage sales and clean-out weekends.

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  7. Lovely daylilies! Thanks for identifying the Oregon grape. The grapes I'm familiar with have different leaves.

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    1. Oregon grape is a Mahonia, in the barberry family, unrelated to grapes. The berries are edible, although tart. They are traditionally used medicinally.

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  8. That pot was a good find and you've adapted it perfectly. As for the wasps nest - they really are amazing constructions.

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    1. They are, as are the mud dauber nests. I have some of these active behind some decorations hanging on the fence. I work carefully around them!

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  9. Love the Day Lilies - so pretty!
    Great idea to use the broken pot!
    Have a blessed day!

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    1. I've become fond of daylilies in the past few years! They do well for me.

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  10. Gorgeous day lilies. I've found the same with the cherry toms having thick skins some years. It may corelate with hot sunny weather. I've none ready yet to check my theory with.

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    1. Good to hear you say that about the tomatoes. It has been extremely sunny and hot! Perhaps the tomato plant protects its seeds with extra thick skin?

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