Saturday, September 29, 2007

Yummy Surprises!

Here is another of Mother Nature's surprises. This watermelon vine started growing in the garden on its own. This garden is under an old oak and pine tree and is quite shady. Since I recognized the vine for what it was, I let it grow and was rewarded with this huge sweet watermelon. Since I picked this watermelon two more have grown and are nearly as big! Yummy surprises!

in the garden....


  1. What a wonderful surprise! I dig kitchen scraps, (egg shells, fruit and veggie peels, etc nothing meat) into a planter by our chimney and was able to pluck a tomato that came up in the middle of my flowers! I knew the tomato plant. I plucked a weed to find out it was attached to the pit of an avocado. I did not recognize that one! Wish I had left that one alone as it would have been fun to see if I could have grown an avocado tree. Now don’t go scolding me for not transplanting the tree but I was in the middle of doing something and did not have time to plant the thing into a pot so it died in the 100 degree GA heat by the time I had gotten to it…. If only, if only.... I say to myself so I don’t need to hear it from you too… Boo hooooooo.

  2. Hey Tina,

    Welcome to the Blogs! I’ve been reading your blogs, but just haven’t posted before now. The hot, dry summer really devastated my gardening. Everything died, it cost me a small fortune to water my tomatoes to keep them alive. It was just awful. The only good thing about this un-Godly hot and dry summer was not having to cut the grass. Come the cooler, fall weather, I will begin seeking your wonderful (and free) advice about what best to do to prepare for the spring.

    I’m thrilled that you were able to get your surprise in the watermelon. Years ago, I actually tried to grow some, and didn’t get squat. Sometimes, accidents are best.

    Hi Skeeter

  3. Hi Skeeter and Dragon-good to hear from you both! How was the Atlanta Zoo and did you get a good picture of the baby panda? I hope so. I would never think of scolding you for not saving that little avocado tree, sometimes I think it best to just let some plants go... though it truly kills me!

    Welcome to blogs dragon. I have read gardening blogs on the web before, but never "hosted" one, (if that is what I am doing-I know I am writing one). I thought it would be a nice way to talk about gardening and am having a super time talking WITH people about gardening as well.

    The drought and freeze have seriously impacted all of our gardens. Some consequences may not show up until next year and many homeowners are going to be sad. I am going to be recommending some drought tolerant plants through this blog; like Skeeter's lantana (which I will be posting a of picture soon).

    Surprises are great. Perhaps you will get some this next season. Compost piles are super for giving gardeners lots of volunteers. Do you have one? I think this is where this watermelon vine came from. Anyhow, it was nice.

  4. Hey Dragon! I wondered if you would peek out from under the vines and chat with us. I recall you mentioning something about gardening a while back. Good to see you here!

    I don’t have a compost pile but do dig kitchen scraps into a planter. NO meat of course so as to not attract rats! I already have enough tree rats (squirrels) to deal with!

  5. Tina, I posted about our Zoo Atlanta trip. Go check it out on the Pet People!