Wednesday, June 10, 2009

maters! and other stuff

The tomatoes are getting bigger every day ~

I think these are Royal Hillbillies, but there's an element of surprise to this particular crop. I cut up a bunch of old plastic containers to make markers for them while they were seedlings, but the ink faded while they were in the cold frame. They could be Royal Hillbilly, Yellow Brandywine, St. Pierre, Black Cherry, or, apparently, Arkansas Traveler, although I don't remember labeling any as such. I seem to recall reading that tomatoes aren't worth the effort of starting from seed, but as a first-time seed-starter, my experience is that they are just as easy as any of the other things we started.

~~~ other stuff ~~~

These magnolias were blooming on a tree at Lee's grandmother's house in Montgomery ~

This luna moth was on the side of a building ~

This pretty perennial is tucked into the periwinkle ~

These feet are happy in their Merrell's ~


mountainmelody said...

nice! I bet those tomatoes will be tasty. :)

Allison said...

I'm with you--what's so hard about starting tomatoes? Sounds like y'all are about to have a bumper crop!

If I'm not mistaken, that plant is a corral bell. Did it send up tall, slender stems with bunches of pinky orange little bell shaped flowers early this spring?

By the way how's your fine shepherd pooch doing these days?

Rurality said...

Royal Hillbillies?! I want to grow that just for the name, LOL.

countrypeapie said...

Hey MM ~ I can't wait to slice 'em up and make some mater sandwiches!

Hi Allison ~ You got it -- it's a coral bell. It's doing really well, unlike the other perennials I put nearby. Hey, I might email you with a question about another plant that somebody was asking me about. Maya is doing great -- still full of puppy energy, chasing bees and chewing things up.

Karen, I'm pretty sure the ones that are doing the best are the Royal Hillbillies. I don't know why I am so fixated on band names, but it would make a good one!

The Country Experience said...

Ooh, the Royal Hillbillies would be a good band name, although it still would be just edged out (IMO)by Southern Culture on the Skids. :)

The smooth way you used the word "periwinkle" almost had me gliding over its photo without realizing what it was. Alas, no, the many hours I spent on hands and knees plucking and ripping it out of the ground at our city house makes me say its name with such animosity..."vinca", ugh, what a dirty word. Thank goodness it is paired with such a pretty partner.

countrypeapie said...

Hey TCE! It's funny -- I never much liked our vinca when we lived in the city, either, but for some reason I don't mind it so much here. I do think it's funny when I see it for sale in garden catalogs, though. I'm sure anyone who has some would be happy to dig a little up and give it away!