This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, February 27, 2009

the gardener is on vacation...

I'm visiting my parents in southern Florida. Talk about perfect weather!! I'm just going to post a bunch of photos.

breakfast in florida

This is my Florida breakfast. A grapefruit from the backyard and bread made with frozen zucchini and summer squash from my garden. Yummy.

grapefruit grapefruit picker
grapefruit flower orange flower

The grapefruit and oranges are heavy on the trees and the trees are in full bloom - at the same time! But I missed avocado season. The avocado trees are just starting to bloom now. I've never seen an avocado blossom before. Quite small. The bees are all over them.

These are avocado flowers:

avacado flowers
avacado 1 avocado blossom

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Blogger naltieri said...

Tell your folks that Nick in Tehachapi, California sends his best. To you also!

February 27, 2009 12:43 PM

Blogger Chiot's Run said...

Yum, I love citrus.

February 27, 2009 1:04 PM

Blogger Gardeness said...

Nice shots. I want to make zucchini bread, it would be a nice change from the tons of banana bread I make. Toddlers leave lots of bananas.

February 27, 2009 1:45 PM

Blogger Bren said...

YOU ARE AMAZING.... I LOVE the color and life you have captured. I am itching to get in the garden as I know you are too. Stop by my garden sometime we can both anxiously WAIT for spring by sharing photos!

February 27, 2009 1:45 PM

Blogger Yaquigrande said...

Beautiful pictures. I had forgotten what citrus blossoms looked like. I love the tiny orange forming.

February 27, 2009 2:47 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

Enjoy the weather ... this pics are great !!

February 27, 2009 4:25 PM

Blogger Randy Emmitt said...

Most of us are pretty envious indeed. I love zucchini bread. We make zucchini pancakes, sounds bad but they are pretty good, just grate up zucchini and add to your pancake mix.

The citrus and avocado flowers are new for me thanks...

February 27, 2009 4:39 PM

Blogger Doctor Mom said...

Wonderful to see fruit and flowers from other climes!

February 27, 2009 5:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy - enjoy Florida! In Arizona, in the shadow of South Mountain, our citrus are flowering and it is glorious: crisp cool mornings and warm afternoons. Pixie and I picked backyard citrus and sent off boxes of oranges, grapefruit and lemons to the relatives in the East this morning. I'd never seen an avocado blossom - they are exquisitely beautiful! Have fun!
- Daisy and Pixie

February 27, 2009 5:38 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Your zucchini bread looks delicious. I will have to grate & freeze some zuc's this year.

The avocado flower is very interested and yes they are rather small in comparison to the fruit.

Enjoy your get away!

February 27, 2009 7:39 PM

Blogger The Conservative Gardener said...

I love avocado's and have been thinking of adding an avocado tree to the yard for a while now. Maybe this year.........

I love the growing weather here, but don't you find it a bit ugly compared to New England?

February 27, 2009 11:58 PM

Blogger lkw said...

ENJOY the warm weather respite! It's always lovely to have an infusion of warmth in the winter, and even better to share it with family.

And I hope that spring will come soon to the NE and a productive gardening season awaits.

February 28, 2009 12:29 AM

OpenID livinginalocalzone said...

Have fun! Your food looks delicious, and the pictures are a reminder that in a little while we in the northeast will also see that sun and warmth - but you got a sneak peek! :-)

February 28, 2009 6:51 AM


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