End of summer is coming fast. The garden was a wonder as always. The squash I planted in pots wasn’t a success though. They produced tiny, almost decorative fruit and the plants needed constant watering. Their cousins in the garden have produced big healthy squash and the huge leaves and vines have long crawled over the perimeter I allotted them. My garlic was smaller in size this year, maybe because of their proximity to the tall cedars. The potato plants didn’t get a single nasty potato bug thanks to the tall marigolds surrounding the patch. Tomatoes were plentiful and I decided to include the abundant mini ones in my green ketchup recipe. It should give a sweeter taste.
Gazing at all the abundance in the vegetable and flower gardens I am in awe at Nature’s determination to grow no matter what. I’m not always ready to give them the care they need, but they persist. I discovered a malva flowering among the stones in my pathway. Those gorgeous plants can reach over 5 feet tall in the gardens, but this one is only about four inches tall and supports a magnificent pink flower about 3 inches wide. Stunted, it still persisted in carrying out its flower dream.