Picked The Last Yellow Pear Tomatoes Today

yellow pear tomato basketJenny and I really enjoyed the Yellow Pear tomato chutney I made last fall with our own yellow pear tomatoes. The plan was to do the same and more this year however plans don’t always work out the way we planned.

I was a bit depressed about the whole start to the growing season but the work I did in the garden by adding raised beds will pay off next year. We are even adding a couple more before winter sets in so the entire garden will be higher and less likely to flood out.

The Last of the Yellow Pear Tomatoes

We have had a couple of nights that dropped to only 2C so I decided to bring them in and call it a season. I do have enough to make a couple of bottles of chutney. Jenny and I only use the Chutney with Sunday brunch so those two bottles will last most of the winter.

Looking forward to the next growing season already.

Our Mountain Ashe Makes Smile

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Healthy Example of a Mountain Ashe

mountain ashe leaves changingThe Mountain Ashe in the photo above isn’t our tree but it is right in our neighbourhood and one of the trees that made me want it in my backyard.

So I was quite excited when I find a couple growing in our yard. One in the front yard and the other in the backyard along our property fence.

The one on the fence is about 4 foot tall however it would have been double this high if I hadn’t cut it off along with the rose canes I didn’t want. It was of course an accident and I’m glad to see it started growing back.

The leaves are a bright green except for the those that are making the change to red and eventually a very cool brown before they fall off. The photos below are on the same 4 foot tree on the same day.

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Mountain Ashe Leaves On Same Day

Rudbeckia–Coneflower–Black-Eyed Susan Flowers

early morning sunI love seeing large groupings of Black-Eyed Susan flowers when I go for walks and take photographs to share online.

Well, last year I created my first Hugelkultur bed and planted it with wildflowers. I enjoyed so many gorgeous flowers for the summer and into the fall.

However one flower I didn’t see was the Black-Eyed Susan or Coneflower from the plant genus Rudbeckia in the family named Asteraceae.

This year the Hugelkultur bed filled with Black-Eyed Susan which has me confused. The only thing I can think of that might make sense is if the seeds only produce the following year so maybe I should have planted them in the fall.

I took a walk to Centennial park a couple of weeks ago. The route I took to get there included a stop at Jones Lake as I had not been there for years. These Black-Eyed Susans greeted me at the entrance to the park. Aren’t they beautiful?

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Black Eyed Susan Group at Jones Lake

I like them so much I plan to start a couple more beds around the yard for the colour as well as to attract more pollinators. The group outside my office always has pollinators on them so the more the merrier.

coneflowers
Happy Home Gardening in Your Backyard

Checking Out The Community Garden At The YMCA

tall sunflowerI took a few minutes out of my walk to Centennial park to check out the community gardens at the YMCA. Didn’t see anyone working in their garden as early as I was out this morning but they sure are looking good.

I waited until it was late enough that the sun was up over the trees to the east of the their gardens so I could have the best lighting I could get. Not much for clouds by then either so there were no seconds wasted waiting for the clouds to stop blocking my light.

The first thing I saw as I approached the YMCA other than their logo was this happy nine foot tall sunflower with about a dozen flowers. Such a beautiful site. People who walk this way for work each day much love the view.

Below is a photo of the YMCA community garden. The YMCA building is behind me in this photograph.

ymca community gardens

I would love to have been on the roof for this shot so you can see that it extends all the way to the billboard. The sunflowers and pole beans kind of cut it in half. I should have taken a photo from their parking lot as well but I looked through last year and found one that will give you a better idea.

ymca side view

There is also another section to the community gardens. I noticed that in that section there is a Boy Scout logo. It would be nice if they are doing this for badges and sharing what they grow with soup kitchens.

What Growing On Here

I took about 50 photos before I continued on to Centennial Park. Here are a few of them in a smaller format.

marigolds yellow and red nasturtiums

Lots of vegetables but it’s nice to see that there are plenty of flowers growing as well and add a little extra beauty to the whole thing. There are little groups of marigolds as well as nasturtiums. There are other types of flowers too.

I love looking at the vegetables growing. I visit the garden in early spring when they start digging and keep coming back as the summer progresses. My visits get closer together as we hit the end of summer so I can watch as things really start to produce.

pumpkins ymca beets

I love pumpkin pies and who doesn’t like a cute or maybe scary jack-o-lantern. Pumpkins just say Autumn. I love beets too they are so good with butter and pepper. Mmmm

Well I only stayed a few minutes and then headed out so that’s it for this post. Hope you enjoy the harvest time and maybe lookup the YMCA in your area to see if they have a community garden.

A Foggy Moncton Morning And Yellow Pear Tomatoes

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Popped a few yellow pear tomatoes from our home veggie garden in my sweater pocket and headed out into a foggy Moncton morning to get a few foggy photos.

It was foggy but the visibility at street level was pretty good. I could still see street lights and pedestrian lights at about a block away.

Looking a little above the lights and it was still quite thick fog which blocked a lot of the buildings from view.

I thought I would try to get to the river before the fog lift, again, which is about a half hour walk. I tried a week ago but the fog lifted before I had walked halfway to the river. I tried to go fast but so many things looks so cool in the fog.

Victoria Park: Same Spot The Fog Lifted Last Week

When I got to the halfway point which is Victoria park the fog was still hanging in there. I snapped a couple of pictures and kept on going towards the river. The fog was still low but getting thinner.

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Victoria Park Moncton

When I got to the Subway which only goes under the tracks as we really don’t have a subway I could not see the downtown buildings I normally see looking this way. That was a good sign that the river may still be foggy as I was only 5 minutes away now.

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Downtown Moncton in the Fog

The first thing I saw as the river was becoming visible was this Bald eagle on the muddy riverbank. As soon as he saw me he grabbed his breakfast and headed across the river where it was quieter.

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A Bald Eagle Enjoying Breakfast at the Petitcodiac River Moncton

eagle with a seagull dinnerI managed a couple of photos of him flying across the river. Looked pretty cool over the water gliding with a seagull in his talons.

When I first say what he was carrying I thought maybe it was an Atlantic salmon but when I zoomed in on my photo I could see it was a seagull.

This is when I wish I had a zoom lens that would take me further. Maybe for Christmas.

The fog was pretty much off the water by this time but when I looked behind me the city was still under a blanket of fog from about 20 feet up so the tops of building were mostly hidden from view.

I could see builds right in front of me but those right behind them like the Assumption building was hard to see. The Aliant or NBTel Tower was completely hidden in the fog still.

foggy assumption building

The Fog Covered Spider Webs With Dew

spiderwebThe fog quickly lifted in Moncton but I could still see the fog was over Riverview on the other side of the river so I followed the river trails to Vaughan Harvey Blvd and then straight up Vaughan Harvey to Mountain road where I live.

As I was getting closer to Vaughan Harvey I noticed spider webs were visible because of the dew the fog left on the webs. Very cool as they are normally hard to see and sometimes hard to photograph.

The River View of Riverview in the Fog

As I walked to Vaughan Harvey Blvd I was constantly looking left to Riverview as the fog was lifting so that just the top of trees were in the fog. Love seeing fog like this.

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Looking Across The Petitcodiac River Towards Riverview