I keep forgetting that summer's over. I don't mean to go on and on about it, but we still have many tomatoes in the garden even though it's the second week of October. While the tomato plants are looking a little worse for wear...
there are still a bunch of little green tomatoes that just still may ripen up. Especially if the sun keeps on shining the way it has been.
Today I sent Doug out to pick some tomatoes. All that guy has done is lay on the couch since last Halloween. He needs a job.
Due to the unusually warm weather, it doesn't seem all that close to Halloween. But it is! It's only 20 days away! I need to get the Halloween stuff out STAT.
See? So many tomatoes. I think I'll just stick to growing teeny tomatoes out back. I planted some bigger tomatoes, but they never ripened up and ended up rotting on the vine. I think I just don't get enough sun for the big guys, but it's perfect for the little grape tomatoes. We've had a steady crop since August.
In other news, I must tell you/be a little big braggy - last night's fashion show
was AMAZING. My coworkers and I were invited to Jason Matlo
's 10 Anniversary Runway Show. We got to hobknob at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel where we had our names on our seats and we were served sparkling water with lime wedges. FANCY. The collection was lovely - some long dresses, short dresses, a shiny jumpsuit and the grand finale was a beautiful wedding dress with a huge, long veil. The models were tall, pose-y and serious - such smizing - and Jason Matlo (an instructor at the school where I work) was all decked out in the perfect, dark suit:
He invited US to come up to the sponsor board and pose with him. The paparazzi flashes went off a few times. We were elated until one of the photographers pointed us off the board and yelled, "NEXT!"
Heh. We did feel famous for approximately 5 seconds.
I have no idea if our photo will ever see the light of day. If it does, I will post it here.
Well, I found a sweet spot in the garden for tomatoes. I think they're a little late, but they are growing like CRAZY and show no end in sight. The plants are weighed down with little green tomatoes and every day there's a 4 or 5 nicely ripe ones for me to pull off and eat. They are like little candies I can eat any day of the week. Mike's not into the tomatoes, so I am gobbling them all by myself.
There are also a couple of bigger tomatoes - they are about the size of an apple each. Hopefully they will last until they get nice and ripe. Worst case scenario? I make some fried green tomatoes with ground almonds instead of bread crumbs. I also don't remember buying big tomato plants back in the spring - I thought they were all little ones. Surprise!
The light is becoming lovely in the evenings and there are many tomato plant shadows on the fence.
Across the patio, the Chinese Lanterns are not very plentiful.
Maybe it's a bit too early for them? I've only found one full, orange lantern on the whole plant. Hmmm...maybe next year they'll bloom like crazy? Or maybe I'm just impatient. And I am going to plant bulbs this fall so we'll have tulips in the spring. I will remember this fall!
In other news, Marilyn Manson is only in about the first 5 minutes of Sons of Anarchy
? BOOO! I wanted to see him WAY more than that.
This afternoon we watched The Grand Budapest Hotel
by Wes Anderson and I loved, loved, loved it. I loved the story and the look of the movie. There were so many pink walls and men wearing purple suits. There was also some wallpaper that reminded me of the carpet from The Shining.
After watching such a rich, colourful movie, I went all the way out into the backyard to take photos of colourful things. Things like the cat riding the bike, our rose garden, which is going gangbusters...
Our garden consists of 3 rose bushes at the moment - 1 of which is a miniature rose bush. They all seem very happy these days, I may just give them some seaweed for one last push of blooms before the summer ends. And I'm not quite sure why the water has pooled in droplets like that.
We've got another big harvest of tomatoes coming in (they're about as big around as a quarter). So that was nice to see. And a couple of blocks away, there's a mighty oak tree starting to turn.
In about a week, we'll be celebrating the mid-autumn festival with mooncakes. I should find us a lantern festival to go to. OR WE CAN DO ONE OURSELVES!
What? I just may be on to something with that. In the backyard!
Meanwhile, out in the garden... I know. I haven't been paying much attention to the garden this summer. But, that neglect is paid off. Look at the roses!
I was able to get some photos right after work as it was still light out. I get home around 8:15 ish when I come home right after work and it is starting to get dark now. SAD. I don't want to say it out loud, but I think summer's quietly making its way out. There are even leaves turning colour out on the trees in the street! Why did you make me say it? NOOO!
Anyway, back in the garden, the roses are happy as ever. The red roses are blossoming with no end in sight.
I'm warming up to the red roses these days. This one was in our backyard when we moved in and blooms each year (2 summers) without fail and with little work on my part. It seems to really like where it's planted. I've added a bit of Epsom Salts to the dirt and some seaweed fertilizer in the water a couple of times this summer and that's about it.
The tomaters are coming along nicely as well.
I bought small tomato plants at the Westham Island Herb Farm
in the spring and they are starting to turn red and taste delicious. I think they're late bloomers, but they are blooming, so hooray!
My mom bought me that trellis with the birds on them and they are perfect for this size of tomato plants. Also, cute.
I ate them all shorty after this photo was taken. So sweet. Hurry up, tomater plant! Ripen up some more tomatoes!
They really are tasty.