Sunday, June 19, 2011

What a Wonderful Weekend!

This has probably been the nicest weekend we've had so far this summer. It's been sunny and hot, but not too humid. In other words, it's been perfect! Yesterday, we were out all day playing golf and having a barbecue. It was my first round of golf (nine holes only) but it was a lot of fun because it was best ball so I didn't really need to worry too much about how I was doing. It was a work event, so Oscar got to stay with his friend Mia and her parents, who took the pups on a long walk.

Today, I stopped by the farmer's market to pick up some vegetables to put in our garden. We are a few weeks later with the vegetable garden than we wanted to be, but hopefully if we have a good summer with lots of warmth and sunshine, the plants will grow well anyway. Oscar did some running around out in the yard while we prepped the garden and planted. He didn't help much though, unless you count running away with one of my husband's gardening gloves and refusing to bring it back. Typical!

At least he's not eating our plants!

Tomatoes and cucumbers from the farmer's market.

Green beans from the farmer's market.

Our blank canvas.

Basil plants!

Our garden after some elbow grease!

Oscar running away with his prize.

That thing is too big to be called a stick!

Now, maybe some of you gardening-whiz readers out there can help me with something. I was sent out to buy tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini and green beans for the garden. I got everything but zucchini from the farmer's market. I went to Home Depot's garden centre and they had some veggies for sale, so I took a look around. I saw two little containers of what I thought might be zucchini, but there was no label, and the little plant tag was missing, so as an amateur gardener, I was a little lost. I was pretty sure it was zucchini because of the leaves and the little curlicues (that's the scientific name, isn't it?) that the plant sends out to anchor itself to things. My husband teased me when I got home for buying something I wasn't sure was zucchini, but what can I say, there were no people in the garden centre to ask and it was inexpensive! I figured, worst case scenario, I'd have something new in the garden. What do you think this is? Did I buy something I didn't want?


See the "curlicue" in the middle of the picture?

A close-up of the leaves for plant identification.

This weekend was a lot of fun, and I managed to get myself a pretty good tan. Now it's time for some relaxation on the couch in front of the TV. I hope you all had a good weekend too!


Betsy said...

Hello Oscar!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! You are a very adorable schnauzer, your markings are awesome and very cute!

We are sorry to say that we are not sure what plants you got your hands on... the leaves do look familiar but after living tooo long in the city we can't say that we have green fingers or an idea of what this could be. I guess it will be part of the surprise....

One day we hope to move to a house and have a garden with lemon trees and fig trees but most of all tomatoes and fresh herbs!!!!!

Magic said...

Yes - looks like you have got zucchini plant from the picture - we call them courgettes here in England but they do look like the ones we're growing! You'll have to put more pictures as they grow - that plot will soon be full of vegetables. Have fun in the garden Oscar and don't eat the plants :-) love from Magic x

Amber-Mae said...

Hoomie Melissa has never really done any gardening so she can't help you much with this. But it looks like you have some interesting vegetables & herbs growing there!

Rubie said...

My mum has not ever grown zucchini but she wants to - next spring she will give them a go. She thinks that your plants look like zucchini, but she is not sure. I would love to help more in the veggie patch, but mum thinks that the seedlings wont survive stomping on by my big "moppie" feet. No fun!

I did help her aerate the soil not long ago when she pulled out all the old dead plants and forked over the soil. That was fun. There was even dirt ALL around my mouth!

Good luck with all the veggies, Tail Wuggles, Rubie.

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! No vegetable gardening for us this year ... the weather is not so good. You got some wonderful growth ... Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

OscarBlogger said...

@Betsy: That sounds lovely! I think a home-grown tomato is just so much more delicious than a store-bought one!

@Magic: Hurrah! I'm glad someone else thinks they're zucchini!

@Rubie: We have a fence up to try to keep Oscar out, though he's a determined pup and it doesn't always work (schnauzers are good jumpers!). We get quite stern with him when he stomps around in our garden, so I think he's starting to get the picture. I'm sure you're much more helpful than Oscar, though, who only wants to eat things he's not supposed to! ;)

Sawyer the Schnauzer said...

It was gorgeous this weekend! I hope that's what summer is going to be like this year...

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