Sunday, August 22, 2010

I Dreamt of my Garden

"It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato." - Lewis Grizzard

We are back from holidays and - surprise! - my Tumbler tomato put out a few ripened beauties. They had no chance before because my toddler could not wait for them to turn red. I don't blame him. He did stare patiently at them and they, in return, did nothing. So he had to pick them green as they called to him with their shiny, round faces. To make up for their green cuteness, while we were gone the plant snuck a few red ones onto the vine.

Worth being away for.

Or, as my little son sighed before he bit into one, "Ohhh, beautiful red tomato."

Texture in photo compliments of the very talented Shadowhouse Creations.


Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

Such a sweet post!! It proves that being away from the garden can actually be beneficial lol. Nice to have you back! :o)

Anonymous said...

Dear MsS, Your dreamy photograph of tomatoes is so alluring. Indeed, for me, there is almost nothing nicer than homegrown, fresh tomatoes - possibly sliced, sprinkled with basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar dressing. Perfection.

Anonymous said...

Love the photograph! Reminds me to check our bushes, sometimes forgotten on the south side of our house.

Laura said...

Yes! I love that moment! The excitement of a child with a cherry tomato! I hope you had a good vacation!

Laurrie said...

Luscious. The photo makes them look too beautiful to eat.

Amy said...

I truly couldn't tell if you posted a photo or a painting. It is beautiful! Sounds like you have a future gardener ... so cute.

Diane said...

Lucky you! Home grown tomatoes. I tried for nearly 10 years to grow them up here and I have officially given up. Too much frost up here. I really miss homegrown tomatoes -- can't beat the taste or the smell.

I sure do love your writing.

PS: The question you asked will be answered today or tomorrow.

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

Lucky, lucky you, I am hoping when I go up this weekend that I will finally have some red ones.
Love your photo, thought it was a painting at first.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Rebecca: It’s nice to be back! I missed my garden and my little walks in the woods. Having some red tomatoes waiting for me was just the icing on the cake.

Dear Edith: Thank you for your kind words. The thought of balsamic vinegar on tomatoes is just about perfect. If we are very lucky we will get a few more red ones while the wee toddler isn’t looking.

Zone3b: You are too kind! I had great fun with the photograph as it called out to me as a still life composition. I’m glad you like it. :)

Laura: His eyes were full of wonder. He ate his tomato and offered the stem to mommy as a “treat”. lol

Amy: He does like the garden, now if he could just develop a sense of time and some patience…! :)

Diane: I hope you have some great farmer’s markets around with some yummy fresh tomatoes – nothing beats that summer taste! And thank you for your kinds words. I look forward to your next post.

Deborah: I am sure you will be delighted to find some tomatoes waiting for you when you arrive. And thank you for your kind words.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Dreaming of the garden is never a bad thing. I'm waiting not-so-patiently for ripe tomatoes here, but so far have enjoyed a couple of yellow cherry-types, which leave me wanting more more more!

Anna said...

Those homegrown tomatoes warm from the vine are hard to beat taste wise and what a welcome home gift after a holiday. Hope that there are many more to come.

Anonymous said...

Out of the mouth of babes, Ms. S! My apologies for not getting to your blog more often. Your tomatoes look delicious.

I think I'm finally "growing up"--waiting patiently for my berries or tomatoes to ripen completely instead of plucking them at the first sign of ripeness. My excuse was, get to them before the slugs but there are better remedies for beating the slugs. Who am I fooling? LOL

Anyway, great post!

The Garden Ms. S said...

Jodi: There is just no comparison to tomatoes fresh off the plant. I am addicted! Best wishes for yours to hurry along.

Anna: They want to turn red, we just need some sun!

Grace: I think beating the slugs is a noble endeavor. ;-)