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Three for the road

A few minutes after I accepted the gift of tomato plants from my Airbnb host, she reappeared with three seedlings and left them near the Airstream. “There you go,” she said. “They should be fine here until you head home.”

I looked at them out the door of the trailer, but it wasn’t until the next day that I got up close to them. There was a Stupice plant—a Stupice plant that already had fruit on it!—but there was also a Sungold plant and a Peacevine, which is a variety I had never heard of before.

Peacevine
It turns out Peacevine tomatoes were bred from Sweet 100 stock, and it’s a high-producing cherry varietal. In my brain, that translates this way: It’s perfect for popping directly off the plant directly into one’s mouth.

Leggy seedlings
So. Three leggy plants practically shouting at me to give them a little room to grow. When I headed home, I carefully buffered them on the floor of my backseat so they’d stay upright, and let The Unicorn know a stop at the garden center was in order.

Green Thumb Sunday: Bouquet

Bouquet

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A getaway…and a gift accepted

It had been sometime in January 2014 that I’d last been more than a few miles away from The Pickle (or, the bundle of cells previously known as Spawn), so as the Independence Day holiday weekend approached, The Unicorn suggested I get out of town by myself. We had a freezer full of milk, after all, and I’d been complaining about not having any time to write or read or, for that matter, sleep.

I poked around on Airbnb and found the perfect spot: An Airstream trailer on a property about 45 minutes from home, close enough to not waste too much time driving, but far enough away to guarantee I’d feel like I was away. Plus, for the cost of a private room in a house in the same area, I was getting my own walls and a ton of privacy. I booked it happily, and began planning my escape.

7/3/2015 Outing #fmsphotoaday #littlemomentsapp

I had seen in the various reviews of the place that the owner often left visitors gifts of produce from her garden, and I, too, was a lucky beneficiary: the plate of welcome snacks she left for me included three ripe tomatoes, and there was a bowl of just-picked strawberries in the refrigerator for breakfast.

“Do you mind if I wander through the garden a bit?” I asked. “I have a garden blog—though I’d love to see it.”

The host acquiesced, but noted that her life had been busy and her garden wasn’t as well-maintained as it usually is. “Are you kidding me?” I replied. “I haven’t gardened at all in a couple of years. I’m just thrilled to see what you’ve got.”

She left me to settle in and returned later with an item I’d forgotten and asked to borrow. (Bless her, because that generous act meant I could just stay put for 45 hours without running a single errand…)

“By the way, I have two tomato plants that I haven’t found homes for,” she said. “They’re Stupice.”

It’s funny how you can miss something without even knowing it. “That’s one of my favorite varieties,” I said. “They grow so well!”

“If I had to choose only one to grow around here, that’s the one I’d choose,” she said. It turns out that she starts hundreds of plants, sets dozens of them in her own garden, and sells off the rest to neighbors. But she hadn’t gotten rid of all of them, and she knew she’d never get the last ones in the ground.

“I’ll leave them for you if you’d like,” she said. “I know you said you haven’t gardened in awhile, but…”

I took a deep breath, knowing saying yes meant a commitment to rebuild my container garden supplies, and to do so quickly.

“I’ll take them,” I said. “I’d be happy to give them a home.”

Shopping trip

On my way home from a quick trip over the holiday weekend, I made a quick detour for some supplies.

Shopping cart

Yes, friends, you see what you think you see. Game on.

Green Thumb Sunday: Hunting for pollen

6/24/2015 In the garden #fmsphotoaday #littlemomentsapp

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Green Thumb Sunday: In the pink

In the pink

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Upturned yellow

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Green Thumb Sunday: No filter required

No filter required

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Bursting

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Spring

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