I have to confess I went rather tomato mad with the vegetable garden this year. Usually I've got about 8 plants, but this year my husband built big planter boxes to do raised beds and they have worked out great. So tomato wise I've got 5 San Marzanos, a yellow pear, 2 brandywines - one's yellow, the other's black (yum!) a green zebra, a cherokee purple, one called a 'Mortgage Lifter' (I love the name) that's large, smooth and pink skinned -meaty with few seeds - I can't wait. I am also looking forward to this heirloom called 'Black Krim', from the Black Sea region of Russia. It's early (69 days) with a medium sized dark, deep red fruit with green shoulders. Very disapointed the black roma seeds I saved from last year did not come up!
The rest of the veggies are - green beans (bush variety), beets, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant (Japanese and Italian), zucchini, pumpkin (for Halloween!) and of course peppers -
red and yellow bells, a nice spanish pimento, and serrano and nasty little Thai chilis for heat! Tucked in and around are an assortment of garlic, shallots, sunflowers, chives and nasturtiums...
If I can just keep the squirrels out! They are into digging everything up ( the raised beds being a very convienent place it seems) and I have had to replant a few things. They are also making away with the apples - the first year my tree has finally produced a good crop!
We have so many trees surrounding our house- oranges, walnut, avocado, lemon and lime, that it makes them greedy and wasteful. There is a constant collection of half eaten fruit scattered over my yard! So far they have left my beautiful little Babcock peach tree alone. It's groaning under it's own weight, and I will have to net it soon before the scrub jays get at it. I have a family that live in the fir tree and call my backyard home. They are so territorial and ballsy- they chase everything else away and will hop into my house to eat the dog's kibbel- I am waiting for them to start barking ;).
Flower wise, we have lots - roses, zinnias, coreopsis, foxgloves, rudabekias, portulacas, lots of lavender, butterfly weed, daylillies, a few dahlias and daisies.. had to cut back the abutilon (chinese lanterns) and honeysuckle, but they have recovered vigorously...my favorite thing right now is my 15 ft. night blooming jasmine that lives next to my bedroom window - so fragrant the air is thick at night - and my trumpet vines that are so profuse with blossoms it looks like my backyard is on fire...
"Life is a banquet - and most poor suckers are starving to death" - Auntie Mame