We are having a spectacular summer here in Sonoma County. We have stretches of hot weather to help our gardens along, intermixed with days of coastal fog in the morning following by 78 degree sunny afternoons. The summer coasts along, or shall I say flies along and we are beginning to enjoy the bounty of our garden.
In our back yard we have two pluot trees, a white nectarine tree, two cherry trees, a pomegranate tree, an apple tree, blackberry vines, a raspberry patch, strawberries, rhubarb and blueberry bushes. As well as a large seasonal vegetable garden. This year we have tomatoes, beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery, summer and winter squash galore, cucumbers, egg plant and peppers.
I love to watch my children wander through the yard, picking whatever appeals to them, often unripe fruit seems suitable. They are covered in blackberry, strawberry and tomato juice daily.
My daughter prefers to gather her harvest, pull up her chair and sit back and enjoy her bounty. Sometimes she follows up her garden snack with a little yoga.
All of the blooming vegetable plants have attracted many humming birds to our yard. They perch upon the tomato cages and flick out their long tongues. I love to watch the humming birds and I am enjoying how comfortable they are with us this year. The vegetable garden is surrounded with flowering herbs, my favorite is Bee Balm.
For a moment we get to sit back and enjoy the beginnings of harvest. We have forgotten all the work we did in Spring to make it happen and we have not yet begun to experience the craziness of full harvest. Canning, drying, freezing. We are in between some busy stages and enjoying it.