The bright side of August

Flowers on a pumpkin plant proudly nurtured from seed by Jillian Page. (Photo: Jillian Page, July 30, 2015)
Flowers on a pumpkin plant proudly nurtured from seed by Jillian Page. (Photo: Jillian Page, July 30, 2015)

My ‘o my, August comes so quickly, doesn’t it? Where hath May, June and July gone?

Summer peaked this past week in my neck of the world. We had hot, humid weather — which I would happily live with all year round.

But even as the weather forecast for the next week calls for nighttime temperatures dipping down as low as 11C (52F), there is reason to rejoice: Corn on the cob is starting to show up at fruit and vegetable stands and in some markets!

Mmmm . . . yummy!

A friend came to visit from Ottawa for a couple of days this week and brought along a dozen ears of very fresh corn. I love slathering it up with butter and salt . . . Fat content be damned! Corn will be a staple of our diet well into October. Yippee!!!

On another note: my potted cherry tomato plants have been producing for the past month, and the beefsteak tomato plants have a fair number of green fruit (yes, tomatoes are a fruit) forming.

And then there are my pumpkin plants, which I started from seed and transplanted in the ground. They have been flowering like crazy — big, beautiful yellow flowers. But I suspect we won’t get any jack ‘o lanterns from them because the climate and weather conditions here are not really conducive to growing pumpkins. The plants are quite small . . . Still, it’s all fun.

Happy August, everyone!

— Jillian

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