Saturday, May 26, 2012

Garden News - Butterfly Bush

You know summer is coming when you pick your first tomato. Not very big but it was delicious. Early girl is the variety and it gives me my first tomatoes each year so I always plant one.

Picked our Texas Red grapefruit tree clean. No more food for the opossum to steal. Put the extras in a wheelbarrow out front.

The butterfly bush is bursting.

And as I was standing there shooting the pictures, along came a visitor.

I love it next to the chartreuse green leaves.

Do you do this? I get distracted with kids or chickens and leave my garden tools hiding in the planters. Then the next time I am poking around I think there that thing is.


  1. hee, hee adult ADHD! I will find odd things that have been discarded in the happens to me all the time! Great photo of the butterfly. Grapefruit sounds like a great breakfast this morning. You are up early, by the way!

  2. Ha! Ha! I live alone so what's my excuse? Nitty and Annie...that's who! LOL! Too bad you can't freeze or can grapefruit.
    Your tomato looks luscious! YUM!

  3. A tomato already! I just got my plants in the garden and won't see a tomato until August! Everything looks great in your garden. I'll take a bag of the grapefruit, please! :)
    Have a great weekend.

  4. The tomato looks fabulous, homegrown is sooooooooo good. Beautiful flowers too. Hugs, Marty

  5. Well that's a sight you won't see here, grapefruit on a tree, or for free. Very cool!

    And a tomato? Already....we just want to see some growth out of our plants, lol, much less fruit.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  6. As I'm not a 'true gardener at heart'...I don't remember what kind of tomatoes I plant. I just know I planted tomatoes! ha ha ...I spottes some little ones on the vine the other day. But haven't gotten one yet.
    Your's looked delicious!

    Now, as to Grapefruit! Wowzer! good for you that you can grow that citrus tree and have plenty left over to share.

    Do the neighbors really take advantage of your generosity? I think that is so wonderful.

    I have no idea really, how my garden tools end up where they do, but when I find them I say the same thing-- there that thing is!

    have a great one, Pat

  7. Yea for your first tomato!! I am impatiently waiting!!! They are so superior to the store bought. I have some that are getting red, but a while away still!!! Love that butterfly bush...what a beautiful thing! And yes, I leave my tools in the strangest places!!!!
    Have a great weekend!
    XO Kris

  8. Your first tomato is a wonderful thing. I love our butterfly bush too. It makes me smile. I keep my essential garden tools in a terracotta pot right in view on the deck. I do not bother going to our shed-no time for that.

  9. I have a question about your butterfly bush. I planted one this year...but it isn't doing too well. Do they take a bit to get started? Any hints?

  10. I can't believe you already have a red tomato. I'm so jealous!!! Good for you. I bet those grapefruit are delicious! They are so good right from the tree. Have a wonderful weekend. I leave stuff everywhere too and I don't have kids distracting me! Go figure!

  11. Wow! Do you know we can only now plant outside? We always have danger of frost until after Memorial Day...however, this year we are WAY ahead of schedule...but still people wait to plant.

    I leave gardening tools in all the wrong places, too. xo Diana

  12. Wish I lived next door and could get some grapefruits! I have a bad cold and it would be good for me right now. Enjoy your weekend!

  13. You are so far ahead of us in gardening! Wow! I just this week got tomato plants at the farmers market and our butterfly bush won't bloom for another 2 1/2 months!

  14. How lucky you are to have such early tomatoes! I just planted mine today and we won't see any till the end of July. The butterfly bush is lovely. Wish I could come by for some of those grapefruits!

  15. That looks like a PERFECT tomato - beautiful shape and color. YUM!! I had to give up growing them as rabbits always claim them before I can pick them. Boo! Hoo!

  16. Can not wait for that first tomato, they are so darn good!
    Yep, I can not find a pair of clippers...Greta must of wanted something..where did I drop them?

  17. I constantly leave tools out and forget where I left them! Our butterfly bush won't be blooming for quite a while yet, but I sure love it.


  18. I wish I could stop by for some of those grapefruits!