Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Time Travel Thursday #51 - How does YOUR garden grow?

"We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories.
Some take us forward, they're called dreams."
~Jeremy Irons~

Welcome to the 51st Time Travel Thursday linky party at the Brambleberry Cottage!
Are you ready to share your fondest memories, grandest dreams,
and most creative projects? Great!

I love, love, love to garden!

There's something so gratifying about digging in the earth, planting a seed or tiny plant,
then watching the miracle that transpires as that plant matures
and provides something yummy to eat.

Unfortunately, all the time spent on the road last year—doing antique shows—kept us from
weeding and maintaining our garden beds properly.

Needless to say, it was a LOT of work whipping the much-neglected gardens back into shape.
We spent WEEKS weeding, tilling, and amending the soil.

  we've finally started to reap some of the many delicious veggies, as a reward for all that hard
manual labor—in the sweltering heat, I might add.  ; )

we've even begun to beautify the space, once again.

Recently, my Yankee sweetheart built some rustic tepees for the cucumbers—from saplings
growing in our woods.

They really add a lot of interest to the garden and they make it so much easier to watch the cute
little cucumbers as they grow.

What?!  Cucumbers can be cute, can't they?

The leaves of the squash plants have grown large and lush—providing a beautiful, protective
canopy for the vegetables.

And the Yankee is dying to wrap his taste buds around the many varieties of tomatoes that
were planted.  They're one of his very favorite fruits, so he went a little crazy with the number
of plants he planted this year.

Let's just say, I'll be canning tomatoes and making salsa for a good long while this summer.

Now I know we were taught NOT to play with our food,

I pulled a few of my vintage treasures out of the cottage today, so I could play with some
of the fresh picked goodness from the garden.

This old scale was won at auction many years ago.
Believe it or not, there wasn't really any bidding competition for it, because it has a piece
broken out of the top, and the metal is a bit pitted—neither of which
bothers me in the least.

I've garned quite a collection of vintage enamelware over the years, but have finally concented
to selling off all but the most treasured pieces.

The grays will definitely be KEEPERS!

Between the cottage and the barns, I've stashed away quite a few pieces of old tin,
with the most wonderful weathered patina.  A lot of that will be going soon,
as well.

I think I might have to keep this little tin cup. 
I think it looks terrific with a bunch of Queen Anne's lace tucked inside.

We're having a group of family and friends over, to help us celebrate the 4th.
Maybe I'll use some of these vintage pieces on the party table.
And I think fresh veggies should DEFINITELY be on the menu! 

What do you think?   ; )



  1. Your pictures make me wish I had planted a garden. Yum! Fried squash, fresh pickles.

  2. You are blessed having so many fresh things to enjoy. Adding the fresh to the vintage makes a nice post.

  3. Sooooo Lucky to have produce already. We have just started planting here in Quebec. All we have had is rain, rain, rain. Hope our tomato plants don't rot. :( Haven't been here in awhile. Your pics are gorgeous as usual. great props.
    Au revoir

  4. There's nothing like vegetables from a home grown tasty. I try to get to the farmers market now and then, that's about the best I can do. The variety of color and your pretty vintage displays look so good.

  5. Your photos are gorgeous, and it all looks so delicious! just linked up, thanks for the party! xo Debra

  6. A beautiful post, dear heart. All your veggies look wonderful and I love the scales and old tins...:))

  7. Oh wow, your garden is so blessed and it all looks so delicious!!! Amazing!!! Happy 4th of July to you and your whole family!

  8. Sawasdee ka!
    I come to visit you blog naka. ^-^

  9. Love the old tinware...use what you love, I say!
    The veggies look so good, wish our season would get going...just lousy weather.
    Thanks for letting me link up. Have a great weekend.

  10. I have been on the look-out for a scale for years, to no avail. You're so lucky to have a bountiful vegetable garden- I rely on my friends and relatives to keep me stocked with tomatoes and zucchini. I just am not much of a gardener. Thanks so much for hosting! :-) Sue

  11. Your veggies look great! I wish my zucchini would be doing better. I am enjoying all the tomatoes too. I love the dish they are all sitting in!

  12. Your photos are gorgeous,and garden is very beautiful, I love it!

    Have a nice weekend, kisses:)

  13. Home-grown veggies...yummy!!! Thanks for hosting!!!

  14. Those veggies look absolutely delicious!! Yum, yum, yum!!

    I have a huge grey enamel ware coffee pot that we found in the storm cellar of a home we lived in as a child.

  15. I thoroughly enjoyed your photos today. The colorful veggies with the enamelware is just lovely. I love the Queen Anne's Lace in the little cup too! So cute. Thanks for hosting this fun party. I always enjoy it.

  16. garden has burned up!!! With the heat here, that is all it could do!! Loved your post....great looking garden vegetables and vintage goodness!! Happy VTT!

  17. Love your photos! You always do such a great job with them, your love for nature comes through every time. Happy weekend!

  18. Your veggies are beautiful. Like your vintage enamelware as well. Have a happy 4th of July!

  19. That's a good kind of busy! Don't you love homemade salsas and sauces?

  20. Thank you so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's at Fishtail Cottage! i always love coming over to peek at what you have going on in the garden! xoxo, tracie

  21. Oh yum, I just love fresh veggies from the garden. Too bad I don't have a green thumb! I love your vintage treasures, they are perfect for your outdoor photo shoot!


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