Sunday, July 25, 2010

A singular, beautiful cantaloupe

I've only had one melon this year, but what a beaut. The possums didn't get to this one, unlike last year; I put chicken wire around this one to protect it.
Homegrown organic cantaloupe

This is a Hale's Best Jumbo muskmelon, an organic heirloom variety grown from seed from Botanical Interests. I chose this variety because it was described as drought-resistant.
Homegrown organic cantaloupe

The flesh was advertised as salmon-orange, but I think it's more of an apricot shade. Unlike some melons, this one didn't have a lot of liquid in the center around the seeds.
Homegrown organic cantaloupe

The flesh was very firm, almost crisp. The aroma and flavor were delightfully sweet and mildly floral.
Homegrown organic cantaloupe

Hale's Best is a really lovely melon! I'll definitely grow them next year. I only had room for one vine this year, but I'll make room for more next year.
Homegrown organic cantaloupe

There is a second melon, on a vine that crossed over to the neighbor's yard. The neighbor lady pointed it out to me yesterday, and I told her that she's welcome to whatever grows on their side of the fence. Her two little girls are very excited. It's still too green to eat, so I recommended she wait until it turns yellow. Hopefully the possums won't get to it first and ruin everything!


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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - July 2010

Here's a few hardy souls, blooming through this hot Texas summer.

Old-fashioned "ham 'n eggs" lantana.
Lantana

New-fangled trailing yellow lantana.
Lantana

"Sapphire Showers" duranta.
Sapphire Showers duranta

Prairie verbena.
Prairie verbena

Turk's cap.
Turk's cap

Echinacea.
Coneflower

Wow, enough of that--it's hot! Back inside for an ice-cold margarita. Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD!

Words and photos © 2009-2010 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.