What’s New in the Gardens?

Tomatoes on the Vine

Tomatoes on the Vine © 2008 Bo Mackison

The tomatoes are so thick with blossoms and fruit this year, the tomato plants are requiring extra stakes. Good news for my salads and spaghetti sauce.

Full Moon Pumpkin

“Full Moon” Pumpkin © 2008 Bo Mackison

“Full Moon” – the ‘great white’ of pumpkins, though not really white. More pastel orange. It can grow 25-50 pounds. This pumpkin’s photograph was taken on the day of the full moon – think that makes it a lucky pumpkin?

Sweet Beauty Watermelon

“Sweet Beauty” Watermelon © 2008 Bo Mackison

The fruit of the “Sweet Beauty” is sweet and crisp. Perfect for dessert any night.

I went to our University’s Annual Field Days at their Research Gardens. There they show off all the produce of their test gardens and even provide free samples – the corn and salsa and raspberries were really perfect. Even got to vote on favorites, so maybe the tomato I loved will be in seed packets and at the garden centers in a year or two.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. That is an interesting pumpkin, “Full Moon”. I really like that photo. Those are some nice looking watermelons. That is what is so wonderful about summer, the lush fruits and vegetables. Sounds like a lot of fun at the University’s Annual Field Days. 🙂

  2. Those watermelons are huge. We used to grow pumpkins, but the squash bugs drove us crazy.

  3. Those are gorgeous. What a wonderful garden.

  4. Yummy!

    That’s a beautiful photo of a beautiful pumpkin.

  5. mmmm, watermelon. 🙂

  6. These are just lovely. Nice!!!

  7. Interesting place. Do you visit it often?

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