A New Holiday

August 8th is a Big Day. Yes, I’m talking about Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Yes, it’s real–you can Google it, because I’m having trouble with links again.

In spite of all my visits and encouragement, these Pine Street zucchini are not going to be big enough to sneak anywhere. They are about a month behind, thanks to the long cool spring. During other summers I have come home from trail crew backcountry trips to find what I call “Obscene-i”. I’m sure my garden waterers think it’s hilarious to let them get so large. I’ve thought about keeping them till Halloween to carve weird green jack o’lanterns.

In the meantime, I’m getting small tender zucchini from the produce stand. They’re from further down the Yakima River. Have been drying lots of fruit. Picked basil and made the first batch of pesto. Sweet peas are still blooming in spite of the heat. The garden phlox have opened up, and the oriental lilies. The blackberries are ripening in small batches–I made cobbler!

Thunderstorms this afternoon, and new fire starts in the woods…stay tuned. It’s August.