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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:19 pm

Beyond wrote:Creamed cucumber :?: :?:
Ya; you slice the cuke and than you add some diced onion some salad dressing and sour cream; sprinkle in some black pepper! Better than vinegar and black pepper! If you prefer, you can leave out the onion and use mayo instead of salad dressing. :wink:
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Re: garden

Post by Beyond » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:19 pm

orin stepanek wrote:
Beyond wrote:Creamed cucumber :?: :?:
Ya; you slice the cuke and than you add some diced onion some salad dressing and sour cream; sprinkle in some black pepper! Better than vinegar and black pepper! If you prefer, you can leave out the onion and use mayo instead of salad dressing. :wink:
Er....thanks. But i'm not a sour cream afficionado. I usually just peel-slice-salt and gobble. :D
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:46 pm

Beyond wrote: Er....thanks. But i'm not a sour cream afficionado. I usually just peel-slice-salt and gobble. :D
I like them with just salt also; but I just peal sprinkle and chomp! :wink: 8-)
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Post by bystander » Fri Jul 15, 2011 4:10 pm

Cucumbers are very good in plain yogurt with garlic and dill (as in tzatziki).
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:15 pm

bystander wrote:Cucumbers are very good in plain yogurt with garlic and dill (as in tzatziki).
Sounds good: I could try different flavors of yogurt to please my taste buds. 8-) :wink:
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:22 pm

My cherry Tomato plant is loaded; I an anxious for them to ripen! :D
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Post by orin stepanek » Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:17 pm

Yummy! My Cherry tomatoes are starting to ripen! 8-) Ready for salads or popping right into my mouth :D
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:04 pm

I'm a bit concerned; the heat wave is taking a toll on gardening. The constant 90 t0 100 degree days seems to have stunted the growth. It is supposed to rain today and the lower temperature would be a blessing. I have been doing considerable watering; but water from the hose isn't as good as rain! :?
8 hours later. 8-) Ahh! It's been cool and raining off and on all day and things look pretty good right now! :D
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:13 pm

We got .70" of rain overnight! The garden loves that better than using the Rain-bird. Hopefully timely rains will keep coming. :) I'm still eating cucumbers and the cherry tomatoes are starting to produce more frequently. My cantaloupes are in bloom as are the melons. So are the pumpkins; but so far they only have male blossoms. :D
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:10 pm

Now that it has cooled down a bit my garden is starting to produce. Even though the tomatoes were stunted they are ripening nicely! 8-) I am starting to savor the results of my labors. :)These tomatoes are Beefsteak variety and normally are the size of large grapefruit; but are only the size of tennis balls. They are still very tasty though. The little tomatoes in front are Cherry Tomatoes!
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:43 pm

I hope no one is tiring of my repetitive posts here; but I love my garden. Yesterday i had a visitor in my garden! a beautiful black monarch butterfly! It was sitting on a pumpkin leaf :)
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I get some yellow monarchs also but so far no picture of it. 8-)
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Re: garden

Post by owlice » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:49 pm

Orin, I think what you have there might be a Red-spotted Purple. Do you have any pictures of the undersides of the wings?

Monarchs are orange and black, as are their mimics the Viceroy. A common yellow butterfly is the Tiger Swallowtail.
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:20 am

OMG owlice! My bad; I meant Black Swallowtail! :oops: Thanks; and your right; Monarchs are orange and black! I have Yellow Swallowtails that fly around the garden also. I'll try to capture a picture of one soon. The yellow ones seem to be bigger. According to Wiki; this is the female Black Swallowtail. The male
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Post by Beyond » Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:28 am

Orin, ya have to remember that owls have very good eyesight.
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Re: garden

Post by owlice » Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:37 am

: puts her reading glasses on :
Sure, beyond, owls have great eyesight! :D

Orin, I don't see the swallow tail on the butterfly in your garden. Do you have another picture of it?
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:45 am

Beyond wrote:Orin, ya have to remember that owls have very good eyesight.
Actually; I was glad owlice corrected me! The Monarch and the Swallowtail are two of my favorites and I had Monarch on my mind. I think they call it oldtimers disease; :shock: but my wife calls it brain farts! :mrgreen: Hey that Swallowtail even sat on my fingertip for awhile. I tried to get a picture of that; but I couldn't point the camera right. It was really bright that day and I couldn't make out the picture in the view screen. :)
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:51 am

owlice wrote:: puts her reading glasses on :
Sure, beyond, owls have great eyesight! :D

Orin, I don't see the swallow tail on the butterfly in your garden. Do you have another picture of it?
I did but they were really blurry so I erased them. :?
You know what owlice? I took another kook at your Red Spotted Purple; and I think I have to corredt myself again. I didn't know that two different butterflies could look so much alike. I definitely wil go camera pointing until I get a better look at this butterfly! :?
wiki Red Spotted Purple Wow; 71 and still learning!
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:35 pm

I won't have to water the garden today! Mother Nature brought more than 2 inches of rain overnight and it is still raining. 8-) My neighbor has a nice lake in his back yard. :cry:

I was going to mow my lawn today; but manana is good enough for me. :wink: :mrgreen:
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:58 pm

owlice; I got the butterfly pictures! 8-)
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:00 pm

One more picture! :) it wouldn't take the fourth for some reason! 8-) You the color seems to be a little different than the red spotted purple! Otherwise it looks the same. :?
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Re: garden

Post by owlice » Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:22 pm

Orin, these are fabulous pictures! Thanks for posting them. Are you familiar with the website http://www.whatsthatbug.com/ ? It might welcome your best shots of this butterfly. (It's also a fun site to just read, even if not looking to send images/identify something.)

More pics of Red-spotted Purples are here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/38193
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:34 pm

Thanks owlice; I appreciate you reply! There was a big yellow and black buzzing the garden the other day; I hope to get a shot of him if I can. :D
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Re: garden

Post by eleanormars » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:04 am

wonderful shots. i love nature pictures, it makes my day in the office alot more bearable imagining what it would be like to actually have a day outdoors. cheers for that!

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Post by orin stepanek » Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:53 pm

eleanormars wrote:wonderful shots. i love nature pictures, it makes my day in the office alot more bearable imagining what it would be like to actually have a day outdoors. cheers for that!
Thank you eleanormars! Nature pictures can be fun.
My blackberries are starting to ripen! 8-)
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Re: garden

Post by orin stepanek » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:08 pm

That big yellow and black butterfly visited yesterday but by the time I got my camera out he had fluttered away. I hope he comes back so I can get a shot of him. :?
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