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Monday, August 7, 2017

Bits and Pieces


My green sweet pepper had almost turned red and so I picked it!!  It had one little bad spot on the bottom so it is a good thing that I did!


I had three yucky tomato worms this year.  I had not seen a live one before in my gardening experiences.



Even with the plant falling over and the tomato hornworms I picked quite a few tomatoes.  We pulled it out today.  It seems that the gardening season is ending a month early here this year.



My cucumbers had lots of blossoms but some of them just shriveled up like this one and I don't know if the ones left will ever develop enough to eat.  Could it be the reason is that they did not get pollinated?  This has not been the best first year gardening in my little courtyard!



Here is one that hasn't shriveled up yet.  Do you think it has time to grow into something large enough to eat?



A picture of one of the other tomato hornworms.  See all those yucky white things hanging from him!!  Are they eggs or little worms?  This part of gardening is not for me!!



Since we were having company I picked some flowers off the front bushes and three lavender flowers that were left and stuck in one of my tea pots for a centerpiece.



We were delighted to have our friends, Darlene and Rich from Michigan, stop by for a visit.  Also Marcia from there who I neglected to get a picture of.



A green pepper and a red pepper from the same bush!  Isn't that amazing when you stop to think about it!



Coco helped herself to a couple of my zucchinis!  Grrrrr!



I made wonderful gardener a raspberry pie.  I was good and did not eat any of it since I am not suppose to have gluten.



Some of my tomatoes.  Aren't they a pretty red against the blue placemat!



Bought some cucumbers and made up a batch of freezer dills.



Started another quilt!  Never mind all the other projects I need to finish!  Thanks for taking the time to visit!  I am off now to feed Coco her dog food and her carrots!  Come again!



26 comments:

Granny Marigold said...

Your tomatoes did so well; too bad about the cucumbers though.
You must have so much self control not to sample that pie.
I like your little bouquet. It's cute.

Diana Kosmoski said...

LOL-you are as bad as me-starting another project when you know you have 10 in the works already. lol
How nice that you had some company to spend enjoyable time doing things together.
Oh- those hornworms. UGH!!!! xo Diana

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Granny Marigold, Thanks. The tomatoes had a couple things against them. I really wanted some cucumbers. Maybe next year! I almost caved and had a bite of the filling of that pie! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Diana Kosmoski, It is so much fun starting new projects! LOL If only we didn't have to sleep we could start even more projects! Or maybe finish some of the ones we have started! We have enjoyed our company in our new house this summer. Nancy

Dianna said...

Hello, Nancy,

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Your tomatoes and peppers are so pretty. The raspberry pie looks very yummy! I hope you have a wonderful day today.

Betsy said...

Your tomatoes look delicious. But those worms. Ick!! Our cucumber plant here at the lake has only produced a couple of cucumbers but the zucchini plant has done very well. Both are in pots, so who knows why one is producing and one isn't. The quilt is beautiful. I always have several projects in various stages of completion. That makes it easy to choose one to take with me based on the amount of room I have to work and how much more needs to be done. Have a lovely day my friend. Blessings, Betsy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Diana from Bits and Pieces, Yes, it is always fun to meet a new blogger and a new comment! You sound like a wonderful homemaker. I was good so didn't taste the raspberry pie as it was not gluten free. What a temptation though. Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Betsy, I wish I had a good reason like you to start various projects! I just start mine because I am in the mood and want to! LOL Who knows what each year will produce for a gardener! Some years are good for some things and some years the same thing won't be good. Enjoy that new trailer! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Diana Kosmoski, Do you have a blog? I don't see anywhere to leave you a comment. Nancy

Rain said...

Hi Nancy :) Your tomatoes and peppers look great! I laughed at your Coco-bitten cuke hee hee...sorry, I can't help it, Charlie has been at my lettuce too. My cucumbers likely won't blossom, we have had such a cold and rainy summer and now we're getting fall nights so they'll likely just stall and die. I'm worried about the tomatoes too, I hope they turn red! That worm is yucky!

Dianna said...

Hello Nancy,
I just wanted to mention that I no longer blog at Bits and Pieces. That was my very first attempt at blogging when I started back in 2008. The name of my current blog is Forgiven and the address is http://dlmc.blogspot.com I saw the comment that you left for me this morning, but when I went to reply this evening I noticed that it is no longer there. I'm not certain how that happened, but anyway, I wanted to let you know where you could find me should you want to visit again. :)

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Rain, I guess when we love our dogs we have to take the good with the bad, huh! It has seemed like fall weather here the past couple nights too. I hope you get a few cucumbers anyway! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi again Dianna, Thank you for the current information. I do want to check in again. Have a great rest of week! Nancy

Henny Penny said...

Hey Nancy! Your tomatoes are pretty! But those big old tomato worms, poor things, are awful looking, aren't they. I noticed all of a sudden how the stems and leaves were gone off my tomato plants, then I found a big green worm...then I found more and more. Poppyy helped me pick them off and we gave them to the chickens.

Creations By Cindy said...

So nice to meet a new friend in blogland. Glad you came by to visit me. I am your newest follower. There for a few years I had the worst problems with those worms and my tomatoes. This season I was so blessed and done so well with them. (With No Worms) I just finished up my last two fresh tomatoes of the season on Sunday. I will miss them. I am trying my hand at growing tomatoes from seeds right now and they have came up nicely in plants. We shall see what happens. I love gardening with veggies. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Henny Penny, The tomatoes are pretty but they are Roma's so not that great for slicing to eat. I will try a different kind next year. I had three tomato worms! That was more than enough for me! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Creations By Cindy, Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment. New blog friends are great! I like gardening with veggies too but it is discouraging in this little courtyard because our dog, Coco, keeps eating them. She loves her veggies! Nancy

Margaret said...

Oh, those hornworms are giving you lots of trouble this year, aren't they! Just one note about the one with the white "eggs" on it's back - you have probably already gotten rid of the one in the photo but if you find any others like that, leave them alone as the "eggs" are actually the cocoons of the braconid wasp, which is a good thing. Their larva burrow into the hornworm and eat it from the inside out - you want these in your garden if you have hornworms!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Margaret, Oh, I did not know that those white things were a good thing! Threw the whole thing away. Now I will know if I get them next year! Thank you! Nancy

Leigh said...

Nancy, Margaret is right on. This are eggs on the hornworms back and the best way to get rid of them!

Your cucumber may have bacterial wilt. I have the same problem. The leaves wilt in the afternoon. :( It's spread by bugs.

Coco is a hoot! Good think zucchini is such a prolific plant. :)

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Leigh, Live and learn! Now I will know next year if I get the tomato worm with the white eggs. Bacterial wilt, huh? I will have to google and read about that. I guess I will have to plan to grow all my veggies up high from now on or Coco has a feast. Another challenge in courtyard gardening with a dog! Nancy

Gloriade said...

Hi Nancy, that looks like it's going to be a very pretty quilt. I keep saying I am going to learn to quilt but the truth is I am really more of an admirer than a crafter. I have only grown red peppers once and that is when I discovered that green peppers were actually just unripe peppers, duh! I always thought they were just two different kinds of peppers. I was raised in the suburbs after all. :)

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Gloriade, Thanks! I am not a talented crafter but I like the satisfaction of being creative when I complete something. This is the first year that I have let the peppers get as red as they have! Nancy

Bee Lady said...

I took a couple of years off from gardening but I love the looks of your garden! I think you never know when the first frost will arrive so let your plant grow and see if there is time for it to mature. Back in my gardening days there were times we still had vegetables the end of October! You're learning, and that's a good thing. Your quilt is going to be beautiful.

krishna said...

Aww!! the baby is so adorable.. I love you strawberry.. I yet to get any success of growing strawberries..

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Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Krishna, Thank your for visiting! We enjoy our little great grandbaby when we can! I bought strawberries to put in my freezer but we are enjoying a few now from our raised bed. Nancy