Quilting, Farming, Variety

Sunday, August 21, 2011

This and That

I love surprises! Especially when they come in the form of flowers, whose blooms have been hiding in the ground all summer. This year I kept their place mowed and I wasn't completely surprised because I saw their points sticking up through the ground. This is a pink flower; I believe they are the first of the surprise lilies to bloom. These bulbs were on the farm when we moved here forty three years ago.

Now as if the hot temperatures and dry weather weren't hard enough on the garden, this is what has happened to the tomato plants: grasshoppers!! Just stems -- even after we've had rain, and it's cooler, there's no way these plants can produce anything.

This picture was taken not long before sundown. See the moon? I used to not really understand the phases of the moon, or maybe I should say, I didn't care. Now I watch for the tiny sliver of the new moon in the west around sundown, the full moon, and the tiny sliver of the fourth quarter in the east right before sunrise. I've often wondered, on a prairie, with no trees or hills to block the view, can one see the moon on its last rising in the east, and then see its first setting in the west the next day? Do you know the answer?

Just curious, Charlotte


  1. Poor tomato plants. And I was sad that I might not get any ripe tomatoes this summer. I *might* get a few.

  2. Do you call those "surprise lilies?" We call them "resurrection lilies." Because the green comes up and then dies back and then later the lilies come up. We have a bunch a long our fence line and this year they are thicker then they ever have been. I wonder if the bulbs keep multiplying.

  3. Ah my gosh those darn buggers eating your plants.
    Amazing how those lilies survive no matter the weather, beautiful flowers.

  4. I love surprises too, Charlotte... last year we had a volunteer pumpkin vine that appeared mysteriously on it's own, and this year we had three stalks of corn pop up behind the barn! The ears are gone now- the coons got them a couple of nights ago.

  5. We call the plants naked ladies around here : ) I wish all of the drought areas could get some rain.

  6. We also call them naked ladies. I have two of the plants, but only one surprised us this year by popping up and blooming. I'm still waiting for the one at our back deck to come up, but I don't think it is going to. The grasshoppers didn't eat our tomatoes, but they have just about dried up from the sun and lack of rain.