Harvest Monday, May 14, 2012

Not sure whether this is chive flower or bunching onions flowers. Forgot what I planted.

Harvested the same as the past 2 weeks and shared with friends the following:
baby spinach, 1 pound
Chinese chives, ¾ pounds
red giant mustard, 1 pound
garlic greens, ¾ pound, not as tender any more so this is the last harvest. Waiting for garlic scape.
also harvested a bit of flat leaf parsley and some volunteer dill and cilantro

Photos would be the same as previous post so did not take any. Night time temp was still dipping to the high 30’s, hopefully this week will be warmer, need to get many of my seedlings into the garden.

My lone fig started to ripen, was on the tree on Friday, still there on Saturday, NOT there on Sunday, what a shock! I was so looking forward to tasting my first fig for the year. No idea what happened to it, was it one of the many birds that come to visit? a chipmunk? do chipmunks climb tree?

Some of my garden friends want to meet my blogging friends. They are sending a loud “HI!” to everyone.

Musical frog – playing the cymbals

Smelling the flowers, yellow is his favorite color

The poker players. The guy in the back is cheating.

Just relaxing!

Reading in the garden with Mother

The swinging frogs

Copyright © by Norma Chang

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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70 Responses to Harvest Monday, May 14, 2012

  1. I am saying a loud hi back to your beautiful garden which is a world of its own – well done my friend! 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Liz says:

    I love your garden ornaments – especially your musical frog. Looks like a chive to me but I’ve been wrong quite often before.

  3. Dave says:

    I love your frogs. When we got our place, the previous owners left us dozens of them. We should have named it Frog Acres! I really like the ones on the swing.

  4. Hi Norma, I didn’t know you are into frogs. Cute!
    Chipmunks definitely climb – we spotted one 6′ high in the holly bush yesterday.

    Your flower looks like chives – but did you have a red/purple bunching onion? I had one called Red Baron but it didn’t show any sign of either bunching or blooming so I ate them all. (So I don’t know what color the flowers would be.)


    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Mary,
      That is a part of my collection. I am surprised that you did not see them when you came by.
      Thanks for the info, I know they dig tunnels all over, had no idea they climbed.

  5. maryhysong says:

    Your frog collection is very cute, reminds me of my grandma that collected frogs; she had hundreds of them of all kinds in her house. I’m pretty sure that’s a chive flower, my chives are blooming and they are lavender like that while the onions are always white. And chipmunks are nothing but little squirrels so definitely climbers. Besides chipmunks, squirrels and rats will generally take the whole fruit. Birds mostly just peck at bigger fruit like figs, plums, apples, et.

  6. Eliabeth says:

    hi Norma –
    I met you at the Beekman library last week and I am enjoying your blog immensely.
    We live in a very shaded area so my plants are not flowering like yours are just yet so I am loving your photos!

  7. ceciliag says:

    I love your wee froggie friends in the garden! WE are still harvesting piles of greens too, aren’t they delicious. And now i really have to get out to the garden, i already have my hat on. We are much warmer here than you are, hope your nights warm up soon.. c

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Cecilag,
      My froggie friends make me very happy eaach has a different character, I think I am going to take a chance and have most of the seedlings in the ground this coming weekend.

  8. pooks says:

    My largest green tomato is not doing a thing to ripen. I have moved it where it gets more sun. I have watched that tomato for so long I am quite sure that before I get to pick it, the birds (or possibly dogs!) will!

    Love your frogs! I have a few ornaments around. Maybe I need to take pics of them soon.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Pooks,
      Could it be you have a green tomato plant? May be you should put on onion bag or some kind of netting around it. After waiting so long it would be heart breaking to have some critter take a bite out of it.
      My frogs put smiles on my face. Would love to pics of your ornaments.

  9. You appear to be fond of frogs. I prefer the allium flower.

  10. kitsapfg says:

    Sorry you lost your fig, that would have been really dissappointing. Sounds like you had a good harvest week despite that. The frogs are darling!

  11. Eva Taylor says:

    What a lovely garden, Norma, I just love the little friends, something to enjoy where ever you look. Your harvest sounds wonderful! I just planted a pot of just lettuces, I am hoping to have a wonderful salad of them this summer

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      Thank you. My little friends make me a happy gardener and they are such good company. Did you plant your lettuce from seeds or purchased seedlings? Whichever, I am sure you will have tender and wonderful salad in the days to come.

      • Eva Taylor says:

        Hi Norma, I just found a spot in WP that allows me to see responses that I had not seen before, so I had missed your response to my comment previously. Sorry about that. I grew my lettuce from purchased seedlings.

      • Norma Chang says:

        Hello Eva,
        No apology needed. I am sure I miss many responses. Still trying to remember and understand all the things I need and should know about blogging.

  12. Nice to meet your garden friends. They made me smile. 🙂 My girls would be fascinated in your garden.

  13. Lou Murray's Green World says:

    I thought that was a bat he or button flower, so I’d better not guess on what it is. Sorry that you lost your first fig. It really hurts when you are anticipating a first fruit and the critters get to it first. My favorite is also the swinging frogs, followed by the frog reading to the little one.

  14. Lou Murray's Green World says:

    ARG, I’m posting from my iPad, which auto corrects, usually incorrectly. I meant bachelor button.

  15. Courtney says:

    Love all your garden decor! You must have one big garden. 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Courtney,
      Thanks, up until last year, I wish my garden was bigger, now, as I am maturing, it seems much too big and I should start thinking about down sizing it.

  16. Juliana says:

    I love your garden friends 🙂 As for the flower, my green onion give me white flower…I like the purple tone of it.
    Have a great week ahead Norma!

  17. mac says:

    Hi to your garden friends.
    Lovely chive flower.

  18. ChgoJohn says:

    Madam! There are frogs aplenty in your garden! What a nice collection you have!

  19. What delightful garden frogs! They add such a lot of character! Congrats on a great garden and harvest 🙂

  20. Daphne says:

    Beautiful flower. My chives are just starting to bloom. They are so pretty. And I love the last of the frogs. I always wanted a porch swing. Not to be I think.

  21. zestybeandog says:

    I love your happy frog collection! I love frogs too!

  22. Well, HELLO there, Garden Friends!!! 🙂

  23. Norma, this post definitely put a smile on my face: I love frogs! Say Hi back to them 🙂 They are very-very cute!

  24. Hi Norma!! Sorry to hear about your Fig!!! I think they taste like Candy and would be sorely disappointed, too. Hopefully your plant rewards you 10 fold soon!!!

  25. Sissi says:

    Norma, your harvest is impressive! Now I’m not sure about what I had on my balcony last year… I thought they were Chinese chives, but they smelled garlic, so maybe they were garlic greens? (I have forgotten to plant them this year, so I cannot show you the photo…).
    The frogs are very cute.

  26. Kristy says:

    I love your garden friends, and my kids would too! 🙂

  27. Diana says:

    You have a really interesting residents in your garden. I really enjoy meeting them..

  28. I love the two toads just relaxing! So cute!

  29. Wow, what a gorgeous garden Norma! I love frogs in my garden too! I love your collection of them.

  30. Those frogs are great. And at least they will not eat your fruit and veg without asking!

  31. Norma, what lovely garden friends you have! And great that you’re getting so many greens from the backyard. How annoying for you re the fig – when we first moved in, we had a passionfruit vine on the side of the house, covered in fruit, and we watched it every day, waiting for them to ripen. One morning, every single passionfruit was gone – overnight a flock of cockatoos had stripped it bare!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Celia,
      The amazing thing is the wild life always know when it is the right time to harvest and cleverly jumps in one step ahead of you. I so admire their ability.

  32. Wonderful collection of froggies…they all look so happy to be garden helpers! What a beautiful chive/onion blossom and such a terrific photo of it showing it’s complexity and delicate nature.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello B and B,
      They are very happy garden helpers. I was surprise at the composition of the blossom, never paid that much attention to it before, need to be more observant from now on.

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