September 30th, 2008

Night time in the Garden

bio_lesliedThe temperature cooled off enough that I could open my bedroom window tonight. As I laid in bed I smelled a heady fragrance wafting in through the window and had to get up and investigate this.  It was my Moonflowers, Ipomoea alba, beginning to bloom.  “About time,” I thought. “I planted you guys months ago.”  Then I scooted inside to get my  camera.

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Across from this arbor the white eggplants had fallen over; they are so heavy with fruit. I remember now that I haven’t picked them in over a week.  They look a little shabby and I’m wondering if the plants will stand up again if I pluck off the eggplants?

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Tomorrow night will be Baba ganouj night and I’ll have to remember to write our North Carolina Test Gardener, Don Boekelheide, and thank him for this eggplant recipe, which was conveniently posted here on Sep. 8th.  Don’t we have a useful site?  I think so.

Since I was wandering through the garden with my camera I snapped a photo of my chives.  If I don’t snip off the blossoms soon I will have chive seeds sprouting everywhere.  But in all things, timing is everything and I don’t want to cut them while they are still so pretty.

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These pictures were taken about midnight with a flash.  But, I can actually see these white plants at night quite easily and they are nice to have in a garden.  Especially if you live in the desert where gardening at night is better than during the sizzling heat of the day.  I wish I were a better photographer, but I think you can tell how nice it is for me to have some white accent plants to enjoy at night.

Comments

    I just discovered this blog and love that several different people post to it. Would it be possible to have a little info about each of the authors in the side bar? I’d like to know where all of you garden (Leslie, I know you’re in Las Vegas). Also, a short description of what a test gardener is would be helpful. I mean, I get the concept, but are you employed by OG? Thanks!

    Hi Monica,
    I’ll answer that. Click on “about us” and you’ll find some information … about us! I manage the test garden at Organic Gardening’s home, in Emmaus, PA. We have 13 locations around the country, and each gardener grows seeds of new varieties. We exchange stories of garden successes and woes, and information about how our vegetables and flowers look, taste, and act. This blog is an offshoot. Not all 13 test gardeners post, but we try to update frequently enough that it stays interesting. Glad you like it! Be sure to pick up the February issue of Organic Gardening and read the article about the new varieties we’ve been growing.

    Leslie! I like this trio of shots, you have a theme of white this week.
    I wish my screen were “scratch and sniff”, I just love moonflowers.

    Thanks for the info, pam. I’m not sure how I managed to overlook the About link int he first place!

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