What’s Growing On?

Photos taken on July 29/30, 2022, except the last one, which dates from working days (May 4, 2011. This photo does not really belong, but I promised Luisa I would find a way to share my “tech support”, “hit any key photo”.

Please do yourself a favour and check out Luisa’s blog Words and Music and Stories here.

This post is in a way related to my “Climate Change is Real” post. It does not make a statement as to cause, just asks the question….”What’s Growing On?”

Looking around my own yard, many unexplainable events are occurring:

  • we started eating ripe tomatoes off the vine before July 15 (2 weeks early).
  • the trickle of ripe tomatoes turned into a flood by July 30 (3 weeks early).
  • tomato vines started to atrophy and dry out by July 30 (3 weeks early)
  • I was able to pull edible carrots out of my garden by July 30 (3 weeks early)
  • coriander seeds planted by July 30 are still germinating (did not happen in past years)

Then, in walking around my little city, I started noticing that there were some yellow leaves on nearby poplar trees….hmmm, maybe a broken branch? A few days later, there were more yellow leaves on more poplar trees….by the end of July, golden poplar leaves littered the ground all around.

Did I miss a month? Is it already the end of August? What do these changes mean for the onset of winter? Time will tell. For now, we will just enjoy the fruits of our labours and the glorious summer days.

What’s Growing On in your part of the world?

This clump of tomatoes was so heavy at 739 gms (1 pound 10 ounces), they dropped off the vine and I found them on the ground.

One days picking (including the clump that fell off)

My petunias have never looked better

I had to severely prune back my tomato vines and tie them to stakes to keep them from folding over. The carrots are already edible, but I have not tried to pull any beets.

Delphiniums (blue) are ending their life cycle as the Lamb’s Ears (pink) proliferate. This is the 2nd growing season for these plants from a former neighbour’s yard and they are doing well

Lamb’s Ear flowers are a very potent pink

Jacob’s Ladder blooms are opening about 2 weeks earlier than usual

Even my Ligularia plants are flowering well ahead of schedule. Some years they do not even get this far.

While this is not early for Hostas to bloom, it is for mine, as they are mostly in the shade

The yard has taken on a late summer look, long before late summer arrives. Sigh.

Here it is Luisa. I was having a bad day (not just tech), so thought this version of Control/Alt/Delete might resolve the issues. Perhaps, the recent wild weather we are seeing is Nature’s way of rebooting the system.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

10 thoughts on “What’s Growing On?

    1. This whole summer is so far from the norm, I don’t know what to expect. I hope things aren’t too bad and that your last winter in NWT is not too harsh. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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  1. Hi Allan, thank you for sharing these unexpected events happening in your garden. It all shows the earth is feeling the nasty effects of global warming and is changing patterns. In my country summer is being one of the hottest and most unbearable I ever remember. I like your drastic way of Control/Alt/Delete!

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    1. Hi Blanca. We just had a hail storm in Central Alberta yesterday with hail stones the size of grapefruits. More than 70 vehicles were destroyed beyond repair. I can not imagine how scary it must have been to be in a car with hail smashing the windows out around you. We definitely have to be sky aware these days. Hope you had a great Tuesday. Thanks for dropping by. Allan

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    1. Thanks Linda. In 31 summers here, I have never eaten ripe tomatoes off the vine this early or seen the vines atrophy this fast. I hate to say early winter, but…… Cool here for the last couple of days, but warming up to +30 next week. Thanks for reading. Allan

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