Today in the garden. (Mother’s Day edition)

Mexican Hats: One lonesome flower has spread into a patch! We are careful not to mow him.

Last year, my present was my husband pretending to be a married guy who is cheating on his wife with a cute blonde. Except, that blonde turned out to be a vampire. She drained her victim, nearly killing him. But, he lived to see another day, and hopefully he learned something along the way.

This year, he gave me the gift of his time and toil in the garden. I had tilled quite a bit of the area last week. We rented a tiller again yesterday and tore away at the rock hard, weedy soil. It was slow going, but the tiller worked better this time–no sputtering and dying.

Today, we built two beds. I also moved a baby Black Spanish vine that had sprouted in the back. There are two others I need to relocate. I probably won’t have to buy a trellis or supports for the other two, as they are quite tiny.

Here’s the garden so far, but we have months of work ahead of us.

Black Spanish transplant.

I checked on my grapies:

The grapes.

The grapes are really coming along! Of course, this is my best plant.

Flower near the grape vines:

4 thoughts on “Today in the garden. (Mother’s Day edition)

  1. Chamaesaracha coronopus (Dunal) Gray
    Green false nightshade, Greenleaf five eyes
    Solanaceae (Potato Family)

    It’s that guy. I looked at the other pictures I took. That’s him. (most cute things are male in my book. just the way I roll.)

    Potato family. Very interesting. I know way more than I should about the history of the potato in the Andes…and guinea pigs. I had quite the obsession with guinea pigs in college. I could have been a piggy-scholar! But, after seeing a couple of grad students (Potato Girl and Cocaine Girl–who studied it not used it!), I decided that a life dedicated to the study of one thing is bizarre and contorted.


  2. I’m glad you were able to single out which Chamaesaracha you have. By coincidence I came across and photographed one in my neighborhood yesterday.

    In addition to potatoes, this plant family includes tomato and eggplant. It also includes silverleaf nightshade, the plant that’s so common here and has violet/purple flowers with five protruding, bright yellow, banana-like stamens.


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