Tuesday, July 24, 2012

From the Garden

Some things in our garden are looking pretty good, in spite of the weather...
...the tomatoes are the best we've had in a few years. 


...only three peppers so far...a deer ate the tops off and now we wait till they grow again...grrrr...

...the fig tree is loaded and I'm out twice a day trying to pick the figs before the birds eat them all...

...I did get enough to make a batch of fig preserves...yay!...

 ...cooked the old fashioned way...with equal parts sugar and fruit...

... ready to put in the pantry. or give as gifts...

... my flowers aren't doing too well, but I managed to find a few to arrange in the old enamel coffee pot. 
How is your garden doing? Great, I hope. 
Happy gardening!
Babs

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24 comments:

Ron said...

My gardens are great though we have received too much rain in NOLA lately. Yum!!! I envy that fig preserve which is perfect on biscuits. xo, Ron

Cindy Riggs said...

Your pictures are beautiful. I am a new follower. What kind of camera do you use?

The French Hutch said...

Your tomatoes are gorgeous and I would be mad at the deer too for eating my peppers. Your figs are just right for making those great old fashioned fig preserves. Oh how my mom and dad loved to make and give away. They were delicious just as I'm sure yours are. Only think blooming here are the Crepe Myrtles and Lantana. Flowers are not blooming. Your flowers are pretty Babs.


~Emily
The French Hutch

Barb @ The Everyday Home (formerly Grits and Glamour) said...

Oh my. Those figs make my mouth water. I planted my fig tree this year to replace the one the hurricane took out last year. So no figs for me this year. Boo! I will miss putting up my jam this year. :(

Those maters are mouth-watering.

xxoo

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You DO have a bumper crop of figs!! You have the same type of fig tree. Can't wait till my tree get big and productive!!
Here's Food for thought- How does it get fruit since there is no bloom? No pollination? Kinda like being born without belly button?

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Oh, I'm so envious of your fig tree. We planted 2 of them, but the cold winter that we had year before last killed them. I really should plant some more because I LOVE figs! We're still getting lots of tomatoes.

Sarah said...

Babs, I don't eat tomatoes, but yours do look pretty. No vegetable garden here, and certainly not much blooming in the flower garden. ;-)
I grew up on fresh figs. We always had a huge tee in our back yard. My mother put up fig preserves every summer and made the most delicious fig bars. Wish I had her recipe, but it seems to be lost. ;-(

Kalantikan said...

Tomatoes get very red when grown in cold climates. I wish we also have figs, love it fresh. I also love those dried figs i've seen in Turkey.

Kelly said...

Your veggies look great! We just recently began harvesting tomatoes too. We ate BLT sandwiches for dinner tonight using them. I wish we lived closer so I could share the abundance of peppers we have with you. We have so many that we have resorted to freezing them! Your figs look wonderful! I bet those will be good around the holidays too.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Your veggies look so good! No vegetable garden here. But I did plant a tomato plant that has little tomatoes called jelly beans. There are 4 ready to eat now and lots more green ones. I also have basil and lemon verbena in a pot.

CAS said...

Your bounty of figs looks wonderful! We have a small fig tree, so I'm hoping one day to have a "bounty!"

CAS

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Wow Babs you are lucky to have lovely figs at hand I have to wait until they are available in the supermarket.

In summer we often sit outside and have a 'ripped salad'. We have a beautiful and very large flat wooden platter which we sctatter with torn figs, torn chilled mozzarella, torn basil leaves, roughly cut toms, torn parma ham with lots of black pepper and olive oil. Simple, relaxed summer finger food and so moreish.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your tomatoes are beautiful and I'll bet the fig jam is amazing-enjoy:@)

On Crooked Creek said...

Babs,
YuM! Tomatoes and basil!!! Afraid my report of our gardens would be quite dishearting! As "MR. Ed" says, "There's always next year!"
Fondly,
Pat

Olive Cooper said...

I love figs and fig preserves. You are an awesome preserver Babs. The deer come through here all the time and eat their way through the flower garden.

Katherine said...

LUCKY!!! My fig tree is still tiny (potted) since I live in Toronto its a miracle that its getting along at all, but I cant wait for some fresh figs! (one day) :D Your preserves look delicious! :)

Hugs,

PAT said...

Everything is burnt to a crisp here. I enjoyed seeing what you have in your garden. The fig preserves look wonderful!

Sandy said...

How nice your able to grow such
wonderful veggies and fruit. The figs are something I love and buy
them often.
Thanks so much for your visit to my
blog today and your comment on the firespike. at the moment it's the only thing I have blooming due to
rainy season here in So Florida.
Have a great weekend
Sandy

Leslie's Garden said...

Your fig preserves look delicious! Seems like the tomato crop was a good one this year. We've eaten three CASES...eaten like apples.

Kathy said...

Your fig tree is wonderful and what a bumper crop. Lucky you with the fig preserves. I have come visiting from a party, drop by for a visit. Kathy

Karen said...

Beautiful tomatoes and figs! I've never had fig preserves but I imagine they are delicious. My garden is a dried up hot mess. Too many days of triple digit heat for things to do well. Thanks for stopping by.

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Lovely tomatoes and figs. Lovely fig tree,I have a meyer lemon tree that I planted and hopefully will get lemons sometime. Your fig preserves sound great!

Pat said...

Tomatoes are doing good, but the lawn has gone dormant, constantly watering, can't wait to see the water bill.

Babs, I remember we like the same kind of books, and I just read Porch Lights, by D.F. Benton. Have you read it? Takes place on Sullivan's Island and has 3 generations at a beach house. Also reading Elin Hilderbrand books, that take place in Nantucket. Let me know what you've been reading.

Leslie's Garden said...

Bab's, re: Hearts a Bustin - google it and it will bring up a picture. I just love this native plant. I think I need to spray it with the deer spray, though. It must be tasty:)