Tomato flower

A September Vegetable Garden – Thank You Martha Stewart!

In the beginning…

The vegetable garden ready for plantimg

Then seasons changed

The kitchen garden

Harvest time began

Yellow wax beans

 

Then I was left with the knowledge there was less growth time in front of me than behind me. What to do?  Turn to Martha Stewart for her extended season growing calendar. I purchased kale, planted seeds, continued to water and weed and now… A testimony to patience and perseverance!

Heirloom Tomato

Kale

Broccoli planr

Second crop of cabbage from original plant. The fist head was removed and eaten and the base left. All plants produced second, smaller heads great for casseroles and slaws.

Second crop of cabbage from original plant. The fist head was removed and eaten and the base left. All plants produced second, smaller heads great for casseroles and slaws.

These pepper plants were found growing in the compost pile and transplanted into a new garden area.

These pepper plants were found growing in the compost pile and transplanted into a new garden area.

Green string beans grown from last years harvested seeds

Green string beans grown from last years harvested seeds

Red beets

Late September vegetable garden

Brown Pelican in flight

The Pelican in the Gulf

All birds are majestic: 

How can we look at something that flies above us and not be astounded by its ability to do something we cannot do naturally.

Brown Pelican

Astounded, perhaps mesmerized

Brown Pelican feeding

How do they uplift those awkward bodies from the water and glide on the wind

Brown Pelican in flight

I watch them swallow whole fish and gracefully return to a classic pose.

Brown Pelican feeding

Another reason to love the unusual.

Brown Pelican in black and white

The Brown Pelican Pair of Brown Pelicans

Shells Glorious Shells!


I cannot call it a hobby, it is more of an obsession.

Shells on Fort Myers Beach FLA

Pinks, purples, sienna, colors catch my eye.

Spiral gastropods,

Coupled bivalves

Twisting, turning

Some as smooth as glass

Each wave brings a new treasure,

One is never enough

 

Adding to this obsession is a museum dedicated to shells.

The Baily-Matthew National Shell Museum located on Sanibel Island is a  dream come true for shell collectors.

Take a moment and click on the highlighted names above and you too may dream of shells.