Ever so much rain in the desert makes for garden dreams.
Vines in the front flower garden go up trees, blooming in blues.
I love seeing blue in the garden, do you?
Way up high they go.
As big drops plopped, I took advantage of less garden chores.
Finished up some custom pieces and plunged back into other bauble makings.
I am going to start taking pics for my jewelry shop soon.
There are so many different pieces and colors...
Pearls and rubies and peridot and citrine.
Antique elements galore.
So excited to share soon.
I got a little slowed down due to a little garden accident.
I was running through the garden chasing Miles when a pointy rock sticking up from the dirt grabbed me.
I took a bad spill.
It's a lovely lovely sight I tell ya, ha!
I am all scabbed and bruised on one side, with a hobbling double twisted bruised foot on the other side.
Which is why I lost my pace the last couple days.
Even if I have to hobble, I can't stay out of the garden.
I went out yesterday and took some pics for ya.
I grabbed a basket because I knew there would be good things to harvest.
Sometimes I wonder, what would it look like here if we got rain all the time?
A couple days of huge downpours and you would not believe how things grow.
With the heat and sun and rain, it's like a jungle out here.
I love that we got some random hurricane rain.
What a huge huge gift.
Vines threaten to gobble up Beethoven.
There are roses come up again.
It will be hot here until, probably Halloween day.
Not summer hot, but late spring hot.
Just enough to cool off at night, warm up in the day, and make the garden think it's spring again.
Growing up in these parts, Halloween can get really tricky.
The desert does the strangest things in Autumn.
It gets very cool at night (sometimes downright cold) and very hot during the day.
So costumes can be very very tricky things to decide on.
Once I was a mouse in a full furry commercial grade costume I borrowed from my aunt.
Like the kind you jump into and zip.
I almost fainted from the heat.
I'll just be my witchy self this year.
Running through gobs of flowers as butterflies flutter everywhere.
And they do.
Soooo many butterflies.
The ground is getting bushy green from the rain.
I have mowed the entire acreage twice this summer, which is a HUGE job.
I think I might have to do it again.
Why don't I get help, you wonder?
Well, I do have Lovee, but he has endless chores too.
To be honest, I am afraid that someone who doesn't know my garden will mow the wrong things.
And, I am weirdly not into having strangers tending my garden, you know what I mean?
Below you see the partial sides of the vegetable gardens.
In case you are wondering what you are looking at :-)
The front entrance is starting to become covered with pumpkin vines.
Pumpkin vines everywhere.
My domed veggie garden has pretty much become a pumpkin house.
The inside is so full of vines you really can't get in.
It is surrounded by white sage especially in the front (this is the side), nettle, a few zinnias and more vines.
I just love seeing those pumpkin vines go.
After a harrowing exhausting summer, the vine explosion makes all the hard work worth it.
There are some HUGE pumpkins hanging around.
These two are biggies.
Hope the vine can hold them.
I stopped pruning wild zinnias that took over parts of the veggie garden.
They got so thick.
Any time of day out there, you will be greeted by dozens of butterflies.
I have 3 beds full of my yearly basil and now zinnias.
All self seeded.
Including the tomatillos.
Yep, all self seeded.
I knew it would all self seed, so I just worked the dirt around this year, and watered.
Waiting to see what would happen.
It's a tomatillo jungle.
They are in every bed (there are 8)
And in the domed garden too.
I have been making the most delicious green salsa's with them.
They are a bit crispy crunchy inside and wonderfully tart.
Time to think about the winter veggie garden too.
Oh, you should see all the wild arugula growing all over the garden from the rains.
As rambling vines dance with cactus.
Sometimes fuchsia and blue even meet for a date.
As I wrap up the jewels.
And get ready to make another batch of green tomatillo salsa.
I just pop a couple yellow and green chilies, a sweet onion, some fresh garlic and the tomatillos into a pot of water.
I bring them to a boil then simmer 10-15 minutes.
Until everything is soft.
I use a fork and knife to open the cooked chilies and scrape out the seeds (too hot), plus cut off the stems.
I then pop everything into a blender, adding a little of the water if needed.
Then pour into a bowl, salt to taste, a little squeeze of a lime.
I do the same for making red salsa.
(tomatoes, chilies, onions, garlic)
Although, I do put a couple caps full of vinegar in mine.
And some lime.
You can't go wrong, and it is soooo yumm.
Then let it cool, refrigerate and eat for about a week.
We eat ours quicker though.
The other day I had made red salsa, and I wanted to make a pizza.
But we didn't have any pizza sauce or tomato sauce.
So I took my red salsa, added a little sugar and olive oil, and can I just say...
It was the bet pizza sauce ever.
Best pizza we ever had, to date.
Well, now I am just veering and rambling.
Which I am so good at in person.
I am a talker.
It's a problem, I know.
I am hermity too, it's some weird medley.
Once you get me talking...
My 1st grade teacher used to tell me that I was a social butterfly, she told my parents that all I went to school for was to socialize. I was always in trouble.
Then she would scream at me in class and say that if I didn't stop talking she was going to hang me by my ears and shake me until my guts fell out.
I don't think I was really talking that much to tell you the truth.
She also said a lot of politically incorrect things.
Those were the bizarre days of yore, haha!
When the principal walked around with a wooden paddle.
Or would take off his belt and shake it at a bad kid.
Remember those times?
Okay, I'm leaving now...