Dog Days Postcards

Teeny

It is dog breath hot right now and I don’t feel like doing much. Plus, I’ve been on the road for work this week, and away from my yarden, so let’s look at some recent pictures shall we?!

I had occasion to recently find myself camping next to a field of soybeans. That probably sounds very ‘Ohio’ to some of yins across the country, but joke’s on you: I was in Pennsylvania!

ohio garden

ohio garden

I planted some Chianti sunflowers last year, and, while I didn’t have much luck with them at the time, one came back this year as  a surprise. And I captured a bee on it!

ohio garden

The hydrangea I worried over so last year survived another gnarly winter. Now it has the most lush foliage I’ve ever seen on it, but just one purple blossom, so progress, I guess?

growing hydrangeous

growing hydrangeas

Can’t wait to head northward and start putting another round of veggies in my empty potato bed!

Tune In!

We’ve got our first sunflowers appearing from my “Fancy Mix!”

edwins restaurant

edwins restaurant

But more fun news to share is that the TV show Flip My Food with Chef Jeff filmed an episode at EDWINS Restaurant recently, and it airs tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15.

Here in Cleveland it airs at 9 a.m. ET on CBS.

If you’re elsewhere in the world and want to see it, we found the LocateTV site to be very helpful. Just type in “Flip My Food with Chef Jeff” in the search box, and it should tell you if it’s available for viewing in your area.

Sunflower Status: Rock ‘n Roll!

In April, I started some sunflowers from seed, a “Fancy Mix” I talked about here.

And then in early May, I took some fuzzy pictures of those sunflowers next to a pineapple for scale, as you do.

growing sunflowers

growing sunflowers

And then I planted them outside and kinda forgot about them until a few days ago when I noticed a pea plant had gotten quite attached to one of the sunflowers. With that little reminder that oh, hey, I’ve some growing, let’s look directly at the sun … flowers.

growing sunflowers

The peas at the bottom middle of the picture are getting jiggy with the sunflower. And I’m all right with that.

growing sunflowers

Sunflowers all in a row. They’re about two-ish feet tall. That’s a mix of peas, lettuce and radishes in front. I suspect these will be dwarf (smaller) versions of sunflowers, because they’re already starting to grow their ‘flower’ part (I’m sure there’s a more scientific term but you know what I mean):

growing sunflowers

growing sunflowers

 

If last year is any indication, I would expect I’ll start to see blooms around the first of July.