Was getting ready to plant some bean seeds in the just-emptied garlic bed, just before the next round of rain starts up (thunder in the distance, and a tornado watch for this evening), when I saw something odd up in one of the plum trees.

A yellow shiro Japanese plum on one of my two-in-one grafted trees!!

This is the first plum in the backyard, and I realize I'm probably jinxing it by acknowledging it, but it's just exciting for me!

It's just within reach if I stand on the edge of the raised bed - and is still just a little firm.  I didn't think I was going to have any plums this year - each year frost has killed off the small fruit, and this year I didn't even see fruit trying to form - there were almost no pollinators out at that time. 

Exciting!  Will I get to eat it?

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Crash potatoes from the garden, green beans from the garden, and chops from the grill. Mmm!

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After giving the tomatoes some "suggestions" on better directions they should be growing ("get back inside the cage!  Didn't we just do this last week?"), you can get some idea where the "green thumb" expression comes from...

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Just a variety of dahlia pics from the back yard.  Well, dahlias and lots of weeds.  ;-)

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What to do when the green beans just keep coming!?  The small colander in the picture below was WAY too small for me to take out for bean picking - I only got about halfway through the row.  Since there's already a big bag of beans in the fridge, I figured the rest could wait another day...



Try this recipe - Garlic Green Beans.
http://food52.com/blog/7681-penelope-casas-garlic-green-beans-judias-verdes-con-ajo  

While there's a Spanish name for the recipe, it's very similar to the garlic green beans we get at a local Chinese buffet (maybe they add a touch of sesame oil?).  Since Brett was off at a work function, and I was having a leftover enchilada for dinner, this seemed like a nice accompaniment...


Since I had extra cilantro, I snipped some on the beans....although I didn't use enough to be especially noticeable.  And you'll notice I ignored the "snip the tips off the beans" part of the recipe.  Why snip off those tips?  They're just fine!

This stuff was like crack - couldn't stop eating, and kept plowing through until I was uncomfortable...
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Started the garlic harvest today...  From left to right: Susanville, Spanish Roja, Nordic Hammer, Amish Rocombole, Chesnok

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Come out and play!

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Just some pics of flowers around the garden...  Here's the shasta daisy's bought with a gift certificate from my nieces a year or so ago, along with crocosmia, petuna, alyssum, nasturtium and zinnia...(and weeds)


A sunflower doing its best to impersonate a hydra...


Bumblebutt buzzing...


Sunflower, crocosmia and daisy, er, Daisy.

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Beneath the canopy...so much going on!


And here's a section after being picked...there's still beans in place because they need a few more days growth before they're ideal size.

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Can you tell which part of the carrots the dogs really aren't into?

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Wow, check this out!

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Time to get out there and harvest some peas!


Reeeeach for it!



Here's a better view to show just how high I have to reach to harvest these peas...note I'm standing on the edge of the raised bed.


I got Brett to brave the elements and monsters, er, mosquitos and deer flies to come out and take some pics to show just how tall some of the garden is.  Man, was I starting to sweat.  Yes, I realize two layers of shirts, including a long-sleeve, maybe isn't what you'd typically be wearing out in the summer, but I had the outer shirt sprayed with mosquito repellent, and was hoping the spray + extra layer would protect me.  My forehead, however, was getting nailed by critters!


Ok, smile for the camera annnnnd....photobomb by Daisy butt!


A little further back to really show some scale.


Alright Brett, I know you hate being out here, so quit screwing around and doing action shots!  LOL!


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Morning glories, sweet peas, runner beans and clematis - all doing their thing and trying to climb the poles.

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You do not want to be downwind of these things if you give them a good shake.  They release a lot of pollen.

Voice of experience talking here!


And the bees are loving them!

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