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All Things Red

January 26th, 2010

I saved red for last because I must admit, I don’t like red in the garden, at least red flowers. I don’t think there’s a red bloom anywhere in my gardens. The one lone red flower in the collage below is at Stan Hywet in Akron.

Red vegetables on the other hand are wonderful. I love having a garden full of big red tomatoes, apples and radishes, shiny red peppers and juicy red strawberries. When it comes to vegetables red is a tasty color!

What’s your favorite red fruit or vegetable?

20 Comments to “All Things Red”
  1. Teresa O on January 26, 2010 at 5:36 am

    It’s hard to choose just one fruit or vegetable in the red family. I’m a huge fan of red fruits, flowers, and vegetables. Strawberries would be my first choice in fruits and little red potatoes in the vegetable world. I could make a meal of just those two selections…but then there’s red raspberries, rhubarb, and so many tomatoes…nope I’m sticking with my first selections.
    .-= Teresa O´s last blog ..In the Garden of Insomnia =-.

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  2. JP on January 26, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I really like red flowers in small numbers popping up in all of that green; scarlet runner bean plants and trailing nasturtiums always look so sweet.
    .-= JP´s last blog ..Slaughterhouse Blues =-.

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  3. Frugal Trenches on January 26, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I’m not so much of a fan of red in the garden either, I think because I feel it is too common!

    I do, however, adore red delicious apples (a very very very rare find here) all the way from Washington!
    .-= Frugal Trenches´s last blog ..Grateful, Thankful, Blessed =-.

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  4. Jane on January 26, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Yup, I don’t care for red flowers in my garden either. But red tomatoes, mmmmmmmmm. Love to pop the cherry tomatoes into my mouth straight from the vine. But red doesn’t appear in my garden otherwise.

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  5. Rachel on January 26, 2010 at 9:47 am

    ooh, tomatoes! Love them even when they are not red, but I would give my left arm for a warm fresh from the garden juicy tomato right now!
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..a recipe =-.

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  6. Melissa on January 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I’ve so enjoyed your collages this week. I’m ready for all the color that comes with spring. The warmth. The dirt. I, too gravitate toward purples and yellows. Mostly prairie flowers actually. I did purchase some red zinnia seeds this year. I’m stretching my palate a little. :)
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Quilting supplies are here! =-.

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  7. Mavis on January 26, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture of that red tomato on the top…yummm

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    • Susy on January 26, 2010 at 10:39 am

      Thanks, I actually won a contest with that one. I should be getting my prize soon.

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  8. Kelly on January 26, 2010 at 10:33 am

    The natural response is tomatoes, of course. How can one not love fresh, garden tomatoes? However, last year I learned how beautiful beets can be in the garden. Their green leaves with lovely red spines and the mound of flesh heaving out of the soil. Nothing else is that lovely, dark red colour. I’m also partial to rhubarb, flavour-wise. A bowl of sugar and a rhubarb stalk and I’m a happy girl (again).
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Additional Greens =-.

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  9. Miranda on January 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

    My favorite red is Salvia Greggi “Red” it’s really dark dark red – i love it!
    I think for veg, i like the french breakfast radishes, pretty transition of white to red.
    .-= Miranda´s last blog ..Help me choose some Homesteading products =-.

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  10. Mermaid on January 26, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Garden fresh tomato. Nothing can top a great tomato, although strawberries come pretty close.

    I just love your photos. Very pretty posts on color.

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  11. stefaneener on January 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I love this series of pictures.
    .-= stefaneener´s last blog ..We got weather =-.

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  12. ChicagoMike on January 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Costoluto Genovese!
    .-= ChicagoMike´s last blog ..Sesame Crackers =-.

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  13. Striving for a Simple Life on January 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Gala apples!
    .-= Striving for a Simple Life´s last blog ..What Does it Mean? =-.

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  15. MAYBELLINE on January 26, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    In a blender helping to make some daquaris!
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Fruit Tree Buds =-.

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  16. Jen on January 26, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    What an excellent collage! I’m gonna try a few new red veggies this year- a red meat radish- (the outside is white and the inside is red!) and also some red okra. I’m a little hesitant about the okra because it’s really a Southern thing and i’m in NY, but maybe if I start it in the greenhouse?

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  17. Cate on January 27, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I started to type “tomatoes!”, then realized I love strawberries, too. THEN I remembered how much I love cherries…do I have to pick one?
    .-= Cate´s last blog ..Frugal Meatless Meals: Complete Proteins =-.

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  18. the inadvertent farmer on January 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Love the little Elmo heads! Red is not my favorite for flowers either, but give me a good tomato and I’m all over that! Kim
    .-= the inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..Painting an old Antique Oak Chair a Fun Craft =-.

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  19. andrea on February 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Wow, why are we all hating on red flowers?!? You can’t tell me you all wouldn’t let out a gasp if you came upon a large stand of cardinal flower in bloom or red beebalm! Of course there’s nothing like a dead ripe, warm from the sun, fresh picked tomato or strawberry! I NEED SUMMER!

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