Tuesday, August 31, 2010

SUMMER BOUNTY

The vegetable garden is winding down.  There are eggplants to harvest and leeks and tomatillos.  
The pumpkins are fleshing out while the Mexican sunflowers raise the bar -
I brought in a bowl of fresh goodness and inhaled deeply.  I know that the season is coming to an end, and I'm not ready to say goodbye.  How could autumn be in the cards when I'm STILL picking -
And I won't subject you to yet ANOTHER image of cherry tomatoes!  Do you want to see what is happening in the brussel sprout patch?  Even if your palate is not enamored - you have to admit that there is a structural beauty to this particular vegetable's growth pattern.  
I promised myself that I would begin putting the gardens to bed this week.  Two things occurred - (1) the return of the 90 degree weather, and (2) the septic system went postal.  No water, no toliet, no happiness!  When I woke this morning Scott was already digging a hole and the plumber was in the driveway.  No pictures were allowed, but I can tell you that there was very little good cheer.  We put a new system in less than three years ago, so this 'setback' was not expected.  


On the fiber front, I finished sewing buttons on my featherweight linen top.  One might suggest that this choice was erroneous - not so, it was intentional.  I love the look of the iridescent green shell, it reminds me of dragonflies darting across a pond.
Sewing should be fun and I want my garments to reflect my sensibility instead of the endless theme seen throughout the Mall storefronts.  I'll never be considered a fashionista, and that's ok with me.  (I will confess to a love affair with ANYTHING Eileen Fisher - her clothing is timeless, but, unfortunately, not within my budget!)  I've made a white linen tank to wear under this shirt and a natural linen gored skirt.  NEED. NEW. CLOTHES.


The hydrangeas are turning rosy which always tells me that autumn is advancing.  The crickets are chirping mid morning now and I hold onto each day like a precious jewel, tightly, reluctantly releasing at dusk.  




4 comments:

Exuberant Color said...

i had no idea what a brussel sprout plant looked like. It's a piece of art!

Summer's not over here yet either. 90's today.

SusanB-knits said...

I have never seen a brussel sprout plant. I eat them but didn't know how they are grown. Looks like you had a nice garden this year. Lovely zucchini. We had a bit of cool weather and now ours is back in the high 90s. I thought fall was coming but it may be a few more weeks (gives us time to finish up a few fall knitting items).

JelliDonut said...

Septic problems--bummer!

That linen top is fantastic and reminds me of Eileen Fisher stuff, which I too love. We are lucky enough to have one of her stores here in Denver. I love it when they have a sale. Otherwise, you're right--it is terribly pricey.

Bea said...

Your garden always makes me happy!