Breads and Flowers

Mrs. Bread gave me the sweetest cape violet plant before Thanksgiving. She had P1000581 cape violet & Sunsugar tomatoesrooted a cutting from her own plant, I think, which has been blooming enthusiastically ever since. But I couldn’t get mine to make a flower until last week. Here it is posed with another event: my first Sunsugar cherry tomatoes of the season.

I think I wasn’t paying enough attention to the detailed horticultural tips she also sent me, and in order to encourage growth and bushiness I was diligent to pinch the tips instead of to “cut out stems when they have finished.” I pinched too soon and therefore too much.

If you look carefully in the background, you might notice that there is no fence around my pool anymore. Dear Mr. Bread took that away yesterday in preparation for the demolition crew who we hope will start work this month to continue the transformation of my back yard. I’m working on a nostalgic pool blog post.

Also in the distance is the hanging basket that Cousin Renée gave me a couple of months ago. It is filled with all sorts of begonias and trailing flowers, and goes on blooming and blooming. Which I expect this violet to do now, too!

8 thoughts on “Breads and Flowers

  1. Aw, the tomatoes are so pretty and fresh looking. I just put my tomato plant in the earth yesterday. I know, I’m behind.
    I anticipate the pool post. Sending love your way, friend.


  2. Hi Gretchen,
    I love violets. I grew them a long time ago, before children. Once I had children, well I just wasn’t good with them. But I loved them very much and I think yours are so pretty. I will be interested in your post and life after your pool.
    I think it is only worth having a pool if it gets used. I do like mine though, I just don’t use it enough. Thankfully the kids do. 🙂
    I like that picture looking out at your back yard.
    Have a lovely rest of the day.


  3. We have only had Early Girl tomatoes ripen thus far….you must have a good little hot spot. Your new gardening area, a whole new room outside, is going to offer so many possibilities. It will be fun to see what you decide to grow.


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