I was going to title this post “A Bowl of Mater’s ‘Maters” but I thought it’d be a bit much. Anyway, as hot as it’s been lately here in Virginia, Mater has been producing around 4 to 6 red almost ripe tomatoes a day for the past couple days. I’ve been picking them before they’re completely ripe as I don’t want the birds getting them.
Here’s a few photos of the little but delicious, so I’m told, maters.
There’s at least 6 more that’ll be ready to pick tomorrow.
I was walking the dogs and coming up our stairs this morning, sliding my hand up the wooden banister in case my knee gave away like it does sometimes, and my hand bumped into something soft. It was a moth unlike any I’ve ever seen.
Here’s a few more photos.
I have no clue what kind of moth it is. I reckon I’ll have to do some research on it…..
Summertime is pop-up storm season here in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. I went out onto our little deck/balcony to check on Mater the tomato plant and saw that a storm was brewing. I caught a bit of it in the background of this photo of Mater. (If you want to find out more about Mater you can check out this previous post. You can also check the tag: tomato plant to see all of the parts about Mater.)
The tomato plant is loaded with tomatoes. We’ve already picked 3 ripe ones. They are rather small though and I’m slightly disappointed at that fact. I’ll never grow that variety again. Here’s another photo that’s a close-up of a couple that are going to get picked.
The tomatoes are smaller than a tennis ball but bigger than a golf ball, sort of in between the two. I reckon they’ll make good salad tomatoes.
Here’s a few pictures of the storm clouds that I snapped while I was outside.
I was inspired to draw one of my Monsterra leaves and created this design which I called Monsterra Mash. It is available in my shop on 3 other background colors as well as the black design shown below.
The newest leaf is partially uncurled and the next new leaf is spiking up. Big difference since my previous post about it. Here’s a close-up of the leaf. It has a brown mark on it which you can see in the photo. I’ll have to do some research to see what caused it.
No, I didn’t give it away, I decided that it needed a bigger pot. So, yesterday I went shopping and found a gorgeous new pot. It should suit well for a few years. I bought a bag of orchid mix and a clay drip saucer, which I painted white. I also bought the stand that it’s on.
I poured about half the bag of (mostly bark) orchid mix into the pot and then poured in some succulent mix and mixed it up a bit. Then I dug a hole big enough for the plant in the middle.
Getting the plant’s roots out of the bottom of the pot was going to be tricky, so I cut down the side of the pot with a pair of scissors and it slid right out. Then I planted it in the hole that I dug and watered it.
Here is my Monsterra in his new pot.
Here is a close-up of the developing leaf. See another leaf coming up in the background?
The gravel on top of the soil mix helps keep it from getting fungus gnats and also helps when I water it that I’m not eroding the soil. I water it about every 10 days normally, I’ll check it in a week and see how it is.
Here’s a photo of the entire plant. It gets light all day and hopefully will be happy in it’s new pot.