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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Weekend Snapshot: Number One

Weekend snapshot is a new blogger photo activity. Every Monday participants will post a photograph which speaks in some way to the weekend. You can go here to find out more. I am posting early because I'm not sure how tomorrow will shape up for me, what with work and other things that rear their heads on Monday mornings. Also, except for the first time, I have been posting my Saturday photohunt shots on Friday, so why not post my weekend snapshot on Sunday instead of Monday. Saturday mornings at the garden center are particularly fun this time of year since there aren't as many weekend gardeners there after July.The photographs below were taken after I returned home. I'm getting psyched about my fall/winter garden.I haven't had a winter garden in two years because I let myself get, well, lazy. No excuse since I'm well set up for year round gardening.
So this year, I'm turning over an old leaf to grow some new edible leaves for fall and winter salads. On Monday, you can go here to find other weekend snapshot participants. Note - this is the first week for WS so I'm not sure what others will be doing with it. I'm probably going to use it as a way to post photographs which illustrate my weekend but I'll also be talking about whatever is on my mind.

The shot below isn't a weekend shot and I think I've posted it on my blog before. I am so tired of the heat I thought I'd remind myself of one of my best winter gardening years. Believe it or not the boxes below were filled with healthy lettuce and other greens which survived quite nicely for at least half of one of our colder winters.

30 comments:

Hummie said...

Seems like a nice new meme...first I heard of it.

I love to go to botanical gardens too!

Carver said...

Hi Hummie, Thanks for stopping by. If you are interested in participating in WS you should check it out. A comment was left on my site about it and I thought it sounded like fun so I'm giving it a shot.

snippets said...

i love going to garden centers, though it has been ages since i've visited. great set-up, and have fun growing those edible leaves! :)
thanks for dropping by,
and enjoy the rest of the week!

Shelby said...

I really enjoy garden centers too.. enjoyed it..here.

:)

Alison said...

I was at the garden centre today, but they're building at the moment so I won't photograph it. Good luck with you garden!

E said...

I'll have to check out the meme's site and see if I think I can do it...who knows. And your garden looks like it's ready to go. I'm jealous.

ws said...

hi carver! i love gardenings too but we dont have a backyard. I just plant some tomatoes on my terrace pot. I wish you a good harvest! thanks

Carver said...

Thanks for visiting my weekend snapshot Snippets, Shelby, Alison, E, and WS. And WS, I think this new meme which you have started is going to be fun and hopefully motivate me to go take pictures I might not otherwise take.

Gledwood said...

o wow!
you obviously have a VERY different climate from britain that is all i can say
such COLOUR!!!
i came here basically by hopping between blogs of friends of increasingly distant and removed friends... i do a blog too of course (well about 5!) .. you're always welcome to drop by if you like my main daily confessional's gledwood2
all the best with the garden...
i have a friend called ruth who does a gardening blog if you're interested her url is
http://ruthjen.blogspot.com... you might like it

all the best 2u now

from

gledwood
"vol 2" ...

Carver said...

Hi Gledwood. Actually we're having a very weird September. It's more like the middle of summer. It's unseasonably hot. Because we are also in an extreme drought there is plenty of brown. The colorful tree and plants at the garden center are the exception and they must be watering very intensively. We have city wide watering restrictions for private residences but exceptions are made for gardening centers, nurseries and of course farmers. I do still have a fair amount of green at home but if it doesn't rain soon I won't. Thanks for stopping by.

Matty said...

What a wonderful idea. I'm new at gardening..so I will follow your blog and see what greens you can grow in those boxes. I will also check out WS...I tend to procrastinate a lot. Great pics.
Have yourself a great week!

jmb said...

That last shot makes me wonder how you can garden year round. I'm glad to not have to worry about my garden in winter, although a few things do their thing, like hellebores.
I see Gledwood has been by and Ruth's garden is amazing for such a tiny space. She's a good photographer and recently a widow so drop by and see what the great English gardeners can accomplish in limited space.
Have a great week Carver
regards
jmb

Carver said...

Hi Matty, Thanks for visiting. I'll definitely take pictures when I have some new seedlings sprouting.

Hi JMB, I just went to Ruth's site and found her photo album with a tour of her 2006 garden. Unbelievable what she accomplished in such a small space.

Even when it's quite cold my garden boxes stay hot when there is sun and if I shut them up in the afternoon, they usually are fine at night. I was surprised my lettuce did well the winter we had a lot of snow (it varies from almost no snow to an occasional respectable one). It's hard to tell from winter to winter what it will be like here. I'll definitely take pictures and record what happens since my blogging and photography addictions seem tied at this point, Ha.

sasha said...

Nature has a way of taking out all those stress building inside your mind and body. I love being near plants and flowers... great first WS!

Happy Monday! :)

mharia said...

wonderful shots! lots of luck with your fall/winter garden! :)

Raquel said...

This is a good Weekend Snapshot! I love gardening too. My sister told me, why I could plant a flower without spending more time in taking care to grow.....that is what we call, we have a green thumb, Carver. *wink*

Take care and enjoy the week.

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Those photos are so colorful. The sign is so vibrant green. Love all of it. I wish I could also make my own garden but unfortunately there's no space for it.
This is my first weekend snapshot and I'm up too.

mousey said...

your gaeden is great. its good for you you have a green thumb.

happy monday!

Carver said...

Thanks for visiting Sash, Mharia, Raquel, Friday's child, and Mousey.

RUTH said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog and your kind comments on my garden. You have some wonderful photographs on your blog; I'll try and catch up with some of your older posts over the course of time. Wishing you well and Happy Gardening
Ruth

Carver said...

Thanks so much for visiting Ruth.

Ladynred said...

Nice pictures and I love flowers.
I didn't know you can garden in the winter. This is new to me.hehe!

Carver said...

Hi Ladynred,

I wouldn't be able to garden in the winter without boxes which I can close up and at times use supplemental heat. I also have a heater in my small greenhouse. It's pretty intensive in a way because it can be below freezing outside and burning up in the box from the sun so I have to remember to let some air in and close at night. I'll have to do a post about how I do it. Take care, Carver

Gledwood said...

Hey I saw you dropped by Ruth's ... isn't it a great place ... I heard you were having FIRES 20 times bigger than the ones in Greece which were bad enough... also is it true in Arizona they said they had 40 DAYS this year with temperatures over 110F!?!

Carver said...

Hi Gledwood,

The summer has been awful and it's still not cooling off where I live. I've also heard something similar about Arizona to what you've heard. Even where I live (NC), we had weeks in August where it was over 100 degrees Farenheit which is unusual and the drought is terrible. Even now it's not cooling off much.

The fires have been bad in parts of the U.S. but I haven't heard that stat about them being worse than what they've had in Greece.

I did enjoy looking at Ruth's garden. It's gorgeous.

Take care, Carver

Yolanda said...

I love your photos they area beautiful. I really enjoyed my visit to your blog.

Yolanda said...

I love your photos they area beautiful. I really enjoyed my visit to your blog.

Carver said...

Hi Yolanda,

Thanks for your kind comment and for visiting me. Take care, Carver

jho said...

hi! nice pictures, i love plants, garden,fresh air, so relaxing...thanks for the comment...enjoy the rest of the week with the plants...

Carver said...

Thanks Jho, I hope you have a pleasant week too, Carver