Sunday, June 28, 2009

Welcome Summer

I walk through my little garden everyday. And about two weeks ago, I noticed little green spheres attached to my tomato plants. Guess what?!?! They are tomatoes!

Garden- Tomatoes

The red cherry tomato plant was the first to put on fruit. This one is the biggest. I'm counting on him to turn red. For years I've been growing tomatoes in pots and never got fruit. I probably forgot to water them or they didn't have big enough pots. So this year, I just want 1 red tomato and I'll be thrilled.

Garden- Tomatoes on the Vine

Here's the Super Sweet 100's. The plant is TALL. I read that some people get 300-600 fruit per plant from these. Seriously, I just want 1 from each plant. There's also a Mama Mia plant for sauce. OK, I amend my hopes... I want 1 red tomato from the cherry plants and 1 batch of sauce from the Mama Mia. That would just be awesome!

Garden- Growing...

Look how big the plants are getting! I had to upgrade the tomato cages.

Garden- Lemon Babies

The lemons are growing from the tiny buds...

Garden- Middle Sized Lemon

to actual fruit.

Garden- Orange Baby

The Baby oranges are growing.

Garden- Persimmons growing

Although lots of the persimmons have fallen off the tree, there are still about 20 hanging on. I hope they make it until harvest.

This explosion of growth lately can be attributed to one thing.

Hot out there

Summer has arrived. Thank goodness for AC.

Garden- Wilting Hydrangeas

Even my gorgeous hydrangeas are wilting a little in the heat. Once they get a drink in the morning, they'll be just fine.


Friday, June 12, 2009

A Pair of FO's

I've been remiss in showing you my knitting progress. There have been lots of opportunities to knit lately. And deadlines (such as births) have passed. So I can show you a couple of things...

Jenny Wren Socks- FO

Pattern: Jenny Wren Socks
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock S188 from The Loopy Ewe
Needles: KP 2.5mm, magic loop
Date Started: 1/1/09
Date Finished: 5/29/09
Mods: None. But I sure am glad these blocked out nicely. And the yarn really softened up.

And yes, I finally bought sock blockers. I heart them.

Here's a close up of the cable details

Jenny Wren Socks- Detail

Also, Driesy got a sweater. Even though it's going to get warm here in the next week or two. It's still cool at night. And no nephew of mine will be without a handknit sweater to keep him toasty!

Baby Yours- FO

Pattern: Baby Yours by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
Yarn: Koigu KPPM P418 from Purl Soho in NYC
Needles: KP 3.5mm
Date Started: 4/12/09
Date Finished: 6/1/09
Mods: None. But I wish this wasn't seemed. What a pain!

Baby Yours- Buttons

What I really love is the button. Cute but matching the cable motif. Now I only need a pic of Dries in it. Ahem, Sally!

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Garden, She's a Growin'

Remember how the garden looked just 3 weeks ago?

Veggie Garden

Well, check it out...

Garden- Growing

Yup... There might even be tomatoes this year.

Garden- Lemon Buds

I'm promised by the woman at the nursery that these will become these...

Garden- Lemon

Patience. She said it'll be a year before they are ready. And here I thought they had all died.

In the meantime, the jasmine blooms

Garden- Jasmine

as do the roses

Garden- Pinky Rose

And, finally, the hydrangea

Garden- Hydrangea

Patience. Not the best of my virtues.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Boys and Babies

What is it about men holding a baby that just melts my heart?

This is Dries meeting his Grandpa. (my dad)

Grandpa Berens Meets Dries

Here's Dries with his Dad.

Ryan and Dries

Funny about love at first sight.