The posting by Carol at May Dreams gave me pause for reflection as I spent my early morning hours in the garden. I have a vegetable garden and with prices in the store the way they are at the moment I am happy to take the rough with the smooth when it comes to gardening there. I bet it won't be long before the flower gardeners are thinking about growing a few vegetables themselves. We have enjoyed tomatoes when people were afraid to buy them in the stores for fear of contracting Salmonella.
The peppers are just starting to ripen and I picked the first one today. By the end of the week there will be a dozen or more. The color of this ripe pepper is as beautiful as any orange flower I have seen. I'm glad a grew jalapeno peppers this year as I see they went on the suspicious list today. Unfortunately it is the wrong time of year for cilantro here.
There are always flowers growing among the vegetables because the seeds come in with the compost. I am happy to leave them there as they attract pollinators into the garden.There is nothing more exciting than seeing the first cantaloupes setting their fruit. Now that we are through those days of 100 degrees the cantaloupes and cucumbers are finally starting to fruit.
Among the several varieties of basil that I grow is one Magical Michael. I use it to decorate a serving plate. It produces a beautiful bloom.
Tricolor sage brings delicate shades of purple and cream to the herb garden. These are just a sampling of current color in the vegetable garden.