Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wanted: Tomato eaters

While I was on vacation, I invited my neighbor and my daughter to help themselves to the produce in the garden. And they did. But judging from the buckets of tomatoes I hauled in today, no one in their households is getting their RDA of lycopene. Ditto vitamin K, which may be found in cucumbers. We won't even mention the zucchini. Oh, well. More for me! I shall dine on zucchini quesadillas, cucumber salad, and fresh salsa.

I'm not much of a picture-taker on vacation, and a lot of the ones I did take were blurry and/or out of focus. But here is a horticultural mystery for you: What is this plant?

The flowers look like a viburnum, but not so much the leaves, and why is it blooming in Vermont in August? Inquiring minds want to know.

Vermont is rife with farmer's markets and sugar houses, but we didn't visit gardens or greenhouses. We even drove right by the Vermont Wildflower Farm, but we were tired and basically on our way home by then and did not stop.

There were crossing signs for deer, moose, bear, horses, bicycles, and pedestrians between here and there. We saw everything but moose and bear, but never near a crossing sign.

This year's vacation turned into a yarn tour, which wound up being very expensive. Maybe next year we should do a garden tour, as I'm less likely to buy plants while so far from home.

1 comment:

Karen said...

Just found your blog today. And the flower in the photo at the top is a lacecap hydrangea. Latin name? Dunno.