In Anticipation of Melons: August 13, 2013

Tigger melon color change!

Tigger melon color change!

The description of Tigger melons from the Baker Creek website:

90 days. The most amazing looking melon we have grown. The fruit are vibrant yellow with brilliant fire-red, zigzag stripes (a few fruit may be solid yellow), simply beautiful! They are also the most fragrant melons we have tried, with a rich, sweet, intoxicating aroma that will fill a room. The white flesh gets sweeter in dry climates, mild tasting. Small in size, the fruits weigh up to 1 lb. The vigorous plants yield heavily, even in dry conditions. This heirloom came from an Armenian market located in a mountain valley.

Three Green Tigger Melons

Three Green Tigger Melons

Can’t wait to try them! In the meantime, we are still enjoying lots of lemon cucumbers:

Lemon cucumber snack

Lemon cucumber snack

Another melon we are growing is called Delice de la Table:

Delice de la Table #1

Delice de la Table #1

A pre-1885, French heirloom that was listed in the French book “The Vegetable Book”. The name of this beautiful, old variety translated means “Delight of the Table”. A hard to find, almost extinct variety that is very tasty. (this description also from Baker Creek website)

Delice de la Table #2

Delice de la Table #2

So far I only see two of this variety but there are lots of tangles of lemon cucumbers around these plants so maybe there are a few more. They are very pretty and remind me of Cinderella’s carriage (I know it was supposed to be a pumpkin but aren’t melons a more glamorous cucurbit!? haha). In non-melon news…

My new garden hose

My new garden hose

Hahahhah ha. My sister lives in NYC and my parents took this picture a few weeks ago when visiting her. I love looking at sculptures for garden inspiration. Here is another I liked:

Sculpture in NYC

Sculpture in NYC

Back in the garden…

Teepee with Serpente di Sicilia Edible Gourds

Teepee with Serpente di Sicilia Edible Gourds

I have not tried eating these yet! Some are getting pretty huge so we need to get on that!

The popular Italian edible gourd. Long, slender fruit are a brilliant, light green color; very tender and delicious with a rich flavor. The Italians eat these steamed, sautéed, or stuffed and baked. Perfect for specialty markets. (description from Baker Creek website)

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Serpente di Sicilia Edible Gourd

Serpente di Sicilia Edible Gourd

Serpente di Sicilia Edible Gourd

Serpente di Sicilia Edible Gourd

Whirly Twirly

Whirly Twirly

Sarah Black Tomato

Sarah Black Tomato

Have not tried these yet, but they’re almost ripe! On Sarah Black:

Attractive, fairly uniform and crack-resistant, purplish-brown fruit have darker streaks in the flesh and are large in size. Earlier than some of the other “black” types. Very rich flavor that is both sweet and spicy with a hint of earthy overtones that make the flavor so good; many consider it to be among the best-tasting tomatoes. Introduced by in the 1990s by Joe Bratka, who received seeds via his great-aunt who lived in Germany. (description from Baker Creek website)

The Violet de Provence artichoke blooms have mostly lost their color and are looking quite fall-ish:

Violet de Provence artichokes flowered and spent

Violet de Provence artichokes flowered and spent

They remind me of little brown pineapples!

Another view, different lighting

Another view, different lighting

One still has a little color in the koosh-ball-esque petals

One still has a little color in the koosh-ball-esque petals

And just one left that has yet to flower!

And just one left that has yet to flower!

Purple Coneflowers (echinacea) and yellow butterfly looking worn and tattered. Summer is ending and fall arriving. I just love fall!

Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea) and yellow butterfly looking worn and tattered. Summer is ending and fall arriving. I just love fall!

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