Friday, July 17, 2009

Bloomin' veggies

Some of the perennials and annuals like the heat and some don't.

But this Okra can't get enough of the hot, baking sun beating down on it every day.

I'm growing okra the size of my head (I know I've got to pick it faster!) and I have so much I am giving it away.

I sure hope it's tasty. I picked a big bowl full of it off two plants yesterday to share with a friend before we left.

When I get home I am REALLY going to make okra pickles. Really, I am!


Frances said...

Hi Diana, love your okra. I think the whole plant and the flowers especially are beautiful. I have seen cool wreaths made with the dried pods too. Just a thought. We tried to grow a kind with red fruits this year and had to replant after a late frost got them. The plants are tiny but might give us those red pods yet. Yours must love the temps you have been having.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Yummmm I love pickled okra. Actually that is the way I like it best. Have fun on your trip.

Janet said...

Okra looks pretty, I just can't get past the sticky/ slimey aspect of it. Guess I am not a true Southerner.

Bonnie said...

how many okra plants do you have?

Annie in Austin said...

The okra is pretty - sure hope it's delicious. Like it as pickles & in gumbo and once in awhile at a restaurant like the very bad for you battered and deep-fried version.

You had a good idea! Why didn't I think about planting okra when the radishes and spinach were done?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Diana said...

Frances -- It's amazing that the okra flowers look so pretty, almost like Hibiscus, when the veggie is sort of odd looking. Red fruits would be cool to have - good luck with them. Ours do like the heat, that's for sure.

Lisa -- We're having a ball. Pickling will have to wait a week.

Janet - they are slimy - no way around that. I didn't grow up with them, but I like having them every now and then when we go out, but I don't cook them at home. This is the first time I have grown them.

Bonnie -- I have two plants. Had a small spot to fill in the garden and stuck them in on a whim. That's how it works, doesn't it? If you are not serious about it, it will grow like crazy!

Annie -- I haven't eaten any of it yet. Never got to the first batch and gave away the second. I hope there are some waiting for me at home when I get there! If you read my answer to Bonnie, there was no real planning to the planting of the okra -- hence their success!