I photographed this dragonfly hanging out with the cucumbers at my community garden plot exactly one year ago and wouldn’t you know it I saw one at the garden again just the other day. This must be their season because I have not seen one for the entire year between.
My pal Julie Jackson emailed me about the living jewelry created by Adorn Jewelry rightly thinking that they were perfect for gardeners. I ordered one almost immediately.
The rings come with fake moss embedded inside but you can put real moss in there if you prefer. The price has gone up a few bucks since I got mine but they’re still very affordable and well made. I don’t like to wear rings that can’t stand up to a bit of wear and tear and mine has survived through some recent rough and tumble. Although, somewhat ironically, I take it off in the garden. If rings aren’t your thing the designer also makes moss embedded pendants.
I’ve considered attaching some HO Scale miniatures to create a little diorama on my finger but I’m guessing that might make the ring almost unwearable through any activity beyond sitting very still with my hand set on a cushion. That would get old very quickly.
And because I’m charmed by beautiful packaging check out the embossed thank you card that came with the ring.
Aren’t these pretty? They’re an adorable, dwarf variety that I fell in love with this year. I bought the plants back in the spring and they have bloomed endlessly for months. They remind me of the David Bowie song, “The Prettiest Star.” I think of it whenever I deadhead them.
I have some growing in a 70′s era flour cannister on the roof and some more in ground over at the community garden. Both sets are doing equally well. Go little zinnias!
The Mexican Sour Gherkins are producing like crazy this year, enough that we actually have a bunch in the basket to take home with us at the end of every visit to the community garden. Last year they didn’t make it past the gate. Meanwhile regular cucumbers are going for more than 2 bucks a piece at the market. The summer has been so wet most plants have died putting them in high demand. The Mexican Sour Gherkins on the other hand are strong, healthy, and happy.
I didn’t plan on growing them again this year but am very glad that I did.
I made a meal for friends the other night that included a small tray of cucumbers sliced up. I left the Mexican Sour Gherkins whole and everyone commented on them…. so much more interesting then cucumbers and with a nice sour crunch.
More on growing them.