Another Sunday garden udate, and one thing I’ve learned about the new camera, when there isn’t much light yet, you can ‘t really get a good shot with a macro lens, at least not with my limited knowledge of what all the dials and buttons on the camera do. When fall comes I’m looking forward to maybe taking a photography class. For now, I’m learning by doing, and I have learned a lot. I’ve been having fun doing my food shots with an early Christmas present my brother sent me, called Photo Studio in a Box, (more coming later about this, since I’m so taken with it.)
This is a holiday weekend in Utah, since Monday is the day Mormons first arrived to settle the Salt Lake Valley and everything pretty much closes down on July 24 every year for major festivities. I’ve got Olivia, age 11, Emma, age 8, and Ethan, age 5, visiting me until Tuesday. They’re three of the eight children of my youngest sister and live in central Utah. Last night we went out for a very un-South Beach dinner at their favorite hamburger joint, so tomorrow I’ll show you how cute they are when I report about that.
Along the north side of my garden is a row of flowers, most of which are early summer bloomers. However, the snapdragons are still looking wonderful. If you haven’t grown snapdragons, you can neglect them and they will drop seeds and come up year after year in the same spot. I have about 8 colors in various spots in my yard.
A crop I’m unintentionally growing is purslane, an edible weed that Isil from Veggie Way made into a purslane salad last weekend for Weekend Herb Blogging. At the rate I’m going with neglecting my weeding, I figure I should be able to try eating some purslane by the time I come back from Blogher next weekend.
Although I don’t have a wide-angle lens, I tried to do a panoramic shot of some of my garden to show you the lovely vines that grow over the fence from my neighbor’s yard. No grapes though.
The first Lemon Boy tomato is ripe and will be getting picked soon. This a great tasting yellow tomato, and doesn’t have the tough skins that some yellow tomatoes do.
I hope I won’t be required to forfeit my foodie credentials when I confess I haven’t eaten or cooked zucchini flowers, but they do look pretty in the garden.
The spagetti squash vines are really overgrowing the space I have them in, and every day I have to coax some wandering vines to stay in their own neighborhood.
I thought this was great production with seven large tomatoes in the same location on this celebrity tomato plant. No plants were harmed in the making of this photo, although I did snip off a few leaves so you could see all seven tomatoes.
Something is still eating the basil, even after I resorted to poisoning the snails, and I saw this bug on the parsley. Anyone know what this is, and whether it might be the culprit? (It’s not a great photo, but the head was quite bright red.)
Last, but so not least, this huge Brandywine tomato is nearly seven inches across. Brandywines are so big you can make a tomato sandwich with one slice. My brandywines are still green, but a few are turning kind of yellow-green so it won’t be long now.
That’s the garden update for this week. Here are my other garden updates if you want to compare the progress:
In five more days, over 400 women bloggers will be gathering at the Blogher Conference in San Jose, California. I’m thrilled to be a contributing editor for Blogher Food and Drink, along with Alanna of A Veggie Venture, Sam of Becks and Posh, and Elise of Simply Recipes. Elise and I will be attending the conference,and I’m excited to see what other food bloggers we might meet. Blogher is a fun site, and foodies can read just the food and drink entries by clicking on Food and Drink in the left sidebar. For the next five days I’m going to spotlight some of the food and drink posts that have appeared on Blogher, surfing guides designed to point Blogher readers to great food blog writing we’ve discovered on the food blogs we’re reading.
I’m starting with the earliest writings that appeared when Blogher launched:
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