Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Growing in the Frontyard and Backyard Gardens
















29 comments:

Big Shamu said...

Is that an eggplant? So pretty. Everything bursting with color and making me hungry.
Right now the markets are exploding with weird and wonderful squashes and pumpkins.

Vonnie said...

What a great looking yard!

Dani said...

Shamy, I'm so happy to finally have an eggplant growing! I've had a heck of a time controlling those nasty pickle worms. They bore into the fruit and they end up just rotting and falling off. Very frustrating.

We haven't seen a whole lot of cool pumpkins or squashes yet. :( Maybe soon...

Thanks Vonnie! I can't wait to see what you put in your new raised beds.

Buzz Kill said...

I guess this is one of the big benefits of living in Florida. You have a beautiful garden while I'm raking wet leaves. Are the chickens pets or do you get eggs and meat from them? Good luck with the eggplants. We only got a couple of pathetic, little ones out of our garden this year. The Mrs would kill for those.

threecollie said...

It makes my chest all tight and grippy to see such wonderful photos of wonderful garden stuff. Thank you so much for the happy happy. Have a great day.

Dani said...

Buzz, we collect the eggs but other than that, they're pets. There are times that I do threaten to barbecue them, but it's only when they are being quite loud and obnoxious. ;)
And our Cotton is very good at being loud and obnoxious. She has a bad habit when she thinks it's snack time to hang out by the back door cackling and bodyslamming the door.

Dani said...

ThreeC, you are so welcome! :)

Sandcastle Momma said...

Your gardens look so wonderful! I swear I'm coming to camp in your yard one day LOL

Big Shamu said...

Hmmmmm eggplant parmesan.



Hmmmmmm noisy chicken and dumplings.


(just kidding)

Dani said...

Shamu, I loves me some chicken and dumplings! Just not chickens that I know. ;)

Big Shamu said...

You know I have always wondered what kind of reaction chickens feel when you remove their eggs? A mother hen will defend her chicks against a much larger opponent when she feels her chicks are in danger. Does a mother look for her missing eggs or does nature immediately kick in and she begins the process of egg production all over again?
Animal psychology is fascinating.

Dani said...

Shamu, normally they just go in and do their business and then it's back to huntin' bugs. The only time I see any difference is when they go broody. Then they do become quite nasty if you go trying to mess with them or their eggs.

lisaschaos said...

I love your growing season! That last shot - so cute and homey. :)

Erin said...

I see you are growing the same eggplants I did, the 'Purple Rain'. I didn't find the taste superior but the looks of them are gorgeous and we eat with our eyes first! Great photos, I am so in love with your coop!

Big Shamu said...

OK, displaying my chicken ignorance. What does broody mean?

Dani said...

Sham, in basic terms, she wants to be a mommy. In the spring and summer they get hormonal and stop laying eggs and start tending to a nest until hatch out(about 21 days). We usually try to break our girls of this because a) we ain't got no roo and b) it's very hard on the hens. They will only leave the nest in the evening for a few minutes to drink, eat and poo. Other than that, they will stay in that nest box come hell or high water. Or until I send John out there to kick them out.

MakingSpace said...

Dani, those are so beautiful! Just absolutely luscious! I want you to know as a new member of the DSS club I have taken my blog private. Email me at MakingSpace(at)live.com to get an invite, and come check back in over at Chez MakingSpace. Shamu promises to bring the snackies, Buzz will bring something his wife won't eat, La Diva will be fabulous, and Yours Truly will provide the entertainment. Come on back!

Dani said...

Thanks MS!

LaDivaCucina said...

Dani, I'm lovin' this little biology lesson with you and Sham, answering all my q's too. I didn't know hens could lay eggs without a cock! Interesting!

I'm lovin' how far your garden has come so quickly! When I lived in the mid west, it would take SO LONG for everything to mature....such a short growing season.

Your garden looks so lush and I love your little hen house with the window box! I can only imagine omelettes made with the gorgeous, bright yellow and flavorful fresh eggs! Nothing like it!

Those marigolds remind me of El Dio de Las Muertos, Mexican Day of the Dead (Nov. 2.) The Mexican use the marigolds to light the path for their dearly departed's souls to find their way back home again for the day.

I love your posts, so tranquil.

Dani said...

Diva, I'm thinking of doing a little something for Day of the Dead. I think it's a nice way to remember my dad and gives me a little comfort too. I wish Elizabeth could have known him. He was a catankerous sort, but he was also the most loyal, and hard working person I've ever met. It's been a lonely eight years without him.

Dani said...

p.s. there is nothing better than fresh eggs from my girls! Awesome taste and color! If you were closer Diva, I'd load you up with some. :)

LaDivaCucina said...

Thanks Dani, I'm going to make a point to stop by and meet you when I come over next! Are you around on Thanksgiving weekend?

LaDivaCucina said...

Dani, I think the Day of the Dead idea is wonderful! I participate too as it is such a positive way to look at, deal with and accept the death of a loved one!

I put up a shrine for my mum. I put her photos up, light candles, put her jewelry out, pick flowers and sometimes leave a bit of drink out for her. I've done it for a few friends that have left this planet waaaay too early!

It's much more comforting to me than going to a cemetery, it's more personal and private too. You could do one outside in your lovely garden, what a nice place for your dad to come and visit!! xx

Dani said...

Diva, yep, we'll be here. Stop on in.

I love that you do that for your mom and friends! Like you said, it makes it more personal and private. Although, I would love to be able to visit my dad at the cemetery. But, he's buried in our family plot in West Virginia. And that kinda puts a damper on just hopping in the car for a visit. ;) Thankfully, my Mama Bren and Papa Duane always make sure he's nice and tidy over there for me.

LaDivaCucina said...

I understand, my mother is buried in Detroit. I don't think she's "there" anyway, so to me it does not matter!

Please email me when you get a sec and I'll get your details!

ladivacucina@gmail.com

x

Dani said...

Diva, I gotta warn you, I'm not a cool and outgoing women like you. :) I'm quiet and nerdy. But, I do have chickens. I get cool points for that. Well.... maybe that's just in my own head. ;0

Anonymous said...

Ladies, don't let her fool you, she's the coolest woman i know.
(no offense to y'all i'm sure you're all very cool too)

Dani said...

Hehehe. I love you Johnny. I guess you wouldn't have stuck around these 15 years if I wasn't. ;)

LaDivaCucina said...

Haha!