Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hawaii and Duet

Hawaii dahlia

Dahlia update: happy that these 2 dahlias turned out the way they're supposed to (as depicted on the description image). They stand out so boldly with their dual colors.

Duet dahlia

The garden continues to chug along with cucumbers, green beans, and some cherry tomatoes here and there. It's amazing how it all adds up when you pick a little bit every day, enough anyway so that there's always one hot and one cold vegetable dish for dinner.

Cucumber, okra, red bell pepper "Quadrato", and from Esselunga market - Melanzana Rossa di Rotonda, a small, round, reddish-orange eggplant with a protected designation of origin (DOP) label.

Todays high: 27°C / 81°F

Monday, August 8, 2016

This is no Aloha...

Spartacus dinnerplate dahlia?

I'm still waiting on the large tomatoes (hoping for a harvest at the end of this month), and that's being very optimistic. In the meantime, I try to keep up with the cucumbers, the only vegetables that have done really well this season. In salad, pickled, cucumber gazpacho (meh), and all over again when I've run out of ideas, cukes are just killing it this year.

On the floral end of things, the 'Aloha' dahlia that bloomed recently looks nothing like the yellow and scarlet-tipped dahlia shown (3rd one) below. The burgundy one in its place resembles Spartacus Dinnerplate, and is the biggest flower in the garden at nearly 8 inches across.

Todays high: 28°C / 82°F