10 August 2021

Garden Report

Sometimes I worry my garden reports might be kind of boring because most of what I grow has been featured before. Multiple times. Every year.

Yet my garden is exciting to me, and even more so when the crippling heat doesn't destroy it. There are so many things to see all summer long! And every once in a while, I still get a huge surprise. Sometimes the surprise is weeds. Sometimes the surprise is a garden helper or a garden terrorist. And sometimes, it's a flower I did not expect at all!

This year's gigantic surprise! The baby white picotee amaryllis pup spawned by my very first amaryllis has bloomed! In solid upper 90-degree weather! I am in utter shock!!! This is my favorite amaryllis, and now I have TWO active bulbs!

I planted my first-ever iris seeds last year, and quite frankly, I gave up on them and dropped some other seeds in the pot this spring. This year, at least one of those iris seeds is sprouting!

I've had my first Colorado zucchini ever. None of the cucumbers, crookneck squash, white pumpkins or melons (both waternelon and canteloup) are producing. But I have zucchini! I might even be able to celebrate "Sneak a Zucchini on Your Neighbor's Porch Day" this year (official holiday on August 8)!

Half of the first zucchini provided a zucchini boat with turkey sausage, as well as onions, tomatoes and serrano peppers from my garden, and the second half became the best home-grown homemade spaghetti sauce I've ever made.

Lizard didn't care for the zucchini boat, so I got the entire thing to myself. We didn't get even one serving of the quinoa noodles with sauce from my very own home-grown tomatoes, onions, serranos, carrots, spinach, zucchini, oregano and basil. (With store-bought garlic, celery, olives, mushrooms and tomato paste.)

I cried and cried.

Now I have another fresh zucchini. I plan to try my hand at spaghetti sauce again. I'll be using one of my new *plastic* mixing bowls... No more glass bowls for me!!!

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