Making Love in the Green Grass

Hey, nice hat!
Hey, nice hat!

Apologies to Van Morrison, but we have the Wild Thing going on, not behind the stadium but within the confines of our garden compound.

There isn’t much yet in the way of progeny, but pollination is happening even so, and baby fruits are starting to appear in ones and twos.

I’ll try to have a half dozen vegetable “glamor shots” of the new arrivals–this one of course is a baby 3/4 inch cucumber. It’s fruit–a pregnant ovary containing seeds (in botanical terms) is INFERIOR, which is to say that the flower is above the ovary.  You can clearly see the swollen bases of the epidermal warts that give these fruits their characteristic prickliness–not enough, sadly to say, to deter the deer.

So, there will be days when the rains came, in the misty morning fog, when I’m standing in the sunlight laughing. My how you have grown. Sometimes I’m overcome thinking ’bout it.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Cucumbers without wax on them – how wonderful! Before I left Floyd, my neighbors had a cookout down by the Little River and one of the dishes was fresh cucumbers in a vinegar “broth” – delicious!! Another of my neighbors gifted me with a pint of Montgomery Cherry jelly that he had made. Ooooohhh!! Man, on man is it delicious!!!