Fuschia plant with flower and fruits

Fuschia flower & (edible) fruits – click to enlarge

Normally the fuschias would be sleeping in our greenhouse or solarium by now, but this year they’re still outside, partying on. It’s because we’ve had an unusually warm fall so far: I don’t think our night time temperatures have yet dipped below 10 degrees (50 Fahrenheit).

As a result there’s been a battle raging in the garden, between the summer veggies – who just won’t let go – and the fall veggies, who are desperate to win my attention.

Every time I go into the garden to pick our dinner, I’m torn between using the summer crops while they’re still producing, or letting them go for compost and moving on to the new.

I seem to hear loud shouts from every direction:

“We may be teeny, but nothing tops zucchini!” say the summer squash.

Zucchini plant with multiple small fruit

“Tomatoes unite! We’re determined to keep on growing even if we have to form a coalition to do so!” say the sauce tomatoes.

Tomatoes on the vine, with two tomatoes merged into one

“Let Us! Let Us! Let us be your dinner instead,” cry the fall lettuces, who believe we need more salad in our diet.

Rows of lettuce, ready for salads

“I admit my heads are small these days – but I’m still delicious and nutritious!” pleads the broccoli, who’s been feeding us for the past five months.

Broccoli close-up

“Pick ME! Pick ME!” shout the mustard and mizuna, who have lost their patience and believe it’s long past time for a stir-fry.

Oriental greens in the garden

Meanwhile the turnips, cry out, “Our Turn! Our Turn!”

Turnips in the garden

While the beets say matter-of-factly, “Forget all those fancy veg – you simply can’t beat beets!”

Beets in the Garden

So far “summer” has tended to win out – probably because of that other, more constant voice in my head (my mother, saying “Waste not, want not”). But I’m feeling more and more pressure from those great looking fall crops that to date, I’ve barely touched. Perhaps it is indeed time for a stir-fry and some roast beets.

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer and writer focusing on nature and the environment

11 responses »

  1. Wow, that tomato looks awesome! In Melbourne mine are only flowers dreaming of becoming fruit, have to wait a few more months to see them ripen!

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  3. Robin says:

    I love this. I’m having a similar problem with our garden. Your vegetables and photos are all so beautiful. No wonder you’re having trouble choosing!

  4. taphian says:

    wonderful like an old art nouveau painting

  5. Sherry Galey says:

    I was just thinking the other day how I hoped you would share some images of your veggie garden produce — and here they are in all their glory. Just awesome — both the veggies and the photos. I especially love the one you got of the beets!

  6. Leona Herd says:

    hi laurie that’s funny, i have a 3rd year repeat fuchsia just blooming now, love the picture all good gordie doing wonderful, hugs l&g&s

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