Blueberries, zucchini and cucumbers are producing now and it’s a joy to go into the garden. At this time of year everything I receive from the garden seems like a gift. Except for the weeds but even they are less with most of the plants shading them out.
I haven’t grown cucumbers for years because of a disaster I had in the early 2000 with squash vine borers SVB and powdery mildew. But last year I was convinced to grow watermelon and cantaloupe by a fellow garden friend in North Dakota, and I actually had a harvest. I thought if I could grow cantaloupe I could grow cucumbers. So this year I decided to try cucumbers again. It worked! Oh how crisp and tasty they are. These are a salad slicer type and the variety is a Longfellow cucumber.
But I haven’t forgotten what a treat the cantaloupes were last year. The Minnesota Midget cantaloupe babies are in various stages of development in the garden as I planted them a few weeks apart. They are only softball size at full growth but as a northern gardener I’m happy. They are the perfect one serving size!
Watermelons are forming too! So excited but still yet apprehensive with that first tentative step into the garden and I gaze at the vines. They’re not wilted! Yes! I think this might be a Blacktail Mountain watermelon but I have other melon varieties such as Early Moonbeam , White Sugar Lump and Janosik.
My special gift today was finding this balloon flower blooming for the first time. I had given up on them when I planted them last year and not a bloom. So you can imagine my surprise when I found it nestled among the calendulas and snapdragons this morning. The botanical name is platycodon grandiflorus and resides in the Campanula family. I’m so glad it bloomed since I’ve heard they’re very hardy every year. Until next time.