Tonight for dinner I had my first tomato sandwich of the season - made with fresh tomatoes from my garden. I just harvested all of the ripe tomatoes - one plum, three Matt's wild cherries, and four sungold cherries - and that did it. Lightly toasted bread, a little salt, alot of pepper, and light on the mayo. It was perfect.
I need to remember to ask Frances what the name is of the herbaceous perennial with silver leaves that just started blooming. It's got these wonderful yellow flowers that are on flower stalks that are at least 5 to 6' tall - I got it last year from Pete's Herbs and have forgotten what it is called. I also need to remember to transplant my cypress vine seedlings soon - they are coming up everywhere, and if I don't put them where I want them soon, it'll be impossible to unwind them from around everything. They're tenacious! Ditto for the mexican sunflowers and zinnias - and the okra needs to get in the ground (do I have seed?). It's also time to plant sunflowers - hopefully my seeds from last year are still good. I also need (DESPERATELY need) to take a look at what is interesting at The Nursery at TyTy (a truly funky site with really cool varieties of just about everything) - I might need to see what varieties of bee balm they have...and phlox...and....I told you it was an obsession. I'm loving that the gardenias are in bloom now. There are more potatoes and cabbages to eat in the garden - soon it'll be time to harvest garlic (fresh garlic!), and I'm crossing my fingers that my shallots look like shallots. The basil is taking off now, it loves the heat...as do the eggplants - Neon, Black Beauty, Ichiban and Louisiana Long Green. Fresh basil pesto and thinly sliced eggplants on the grill -- it definitely must be summertime.
Sometimes I think about all of the things I could do if I wasn't so obsessed with planting - my house would be cleaner, I'd probably have more publications, and I'm sure I'd get out on my boat more. Perhaps I'd fix something better for dinner (but what could be better than a tomato sandwich with garden tomatoes?). I just simply can't imagine getting up in the morning and not having a garden to wander around in, and I can't imagine getting home from the lab in the evening and not being greeted by a new fragrance. I can't imagine a day without watching something grow.