Climb on

Sweet corn occupies one 8 x 4 foot raised bed in my garden this year. It is a delight to watch grow from the first tiny green sprout to stately tall stalks crowned with tassels quivering in the breeze and luxurious silks below. I’ve been fascinated by companion planting lately. Not just for mutual benefits … Continue reading

Still life

Still life

This week my garden is reminding me to appreciate still life. I have never been a huge fan of still life paintings, seeing them as a bit mundane. But when I placed this day’s harvest on the counter, I could immediately feel the freshness, fleeting beauty and textural bliss of the scene. A photo doesn’t … Continue reading

Today’s harvest: 12 August 2013

Today’s harvest: 12 August 2013

From the garden today: dahlia, yellow crocosmia, green and purple pole beans, indigo rose tomatoes and “grape” tomatoes the size of dates. I also harvested Costata de Romanesco zucchini. Two zuchs were the size of my calf! Oops. Guess that is what happens when you’re gone for a week. I also harvested 5 nice slicing … Continue reading

Floating flowers

Floating flowers

Hellebores are at their peak right now in the garden. I have been a big fan of them for a while. What’s not to love about them? They have sturdy with leathery foliage that is nearly nearly evergreen. They’re tolerant of dry shade. They start blooming even before the crocuses. Perhaps we don’t love that … Continue reading

Beyond bumble and honey

Beyond bumble and honey

Native bees really are the unsung heroes of pollination. It is amazing how little most of us know about them. Perhaps it is because they aren’t social, they move fast and tend to be small. Bumblebees are noisy, charmingly awkward delights and honey bees are revered like royalty with their golden honey-filled palaces. Native bees have … Continue reading

Autumn jewels

Autumn jewels

As the chilly dampness of Fall sets in, a walk in the garden reveals ephemeral gems. Diamonds on the backs of leaves illuminated by precious light. A cold wet raspberry with only an echo of summer flavor. Final flourishing blooms like time travelers from warmer days. Their visit will come to an end with the first … Continue reading

Bees hold the keys

Bees hold the keys

My fascination with bees is growing by the day.  I am enamored with all kinds of bees’ intimate relationships with flowers and in turn with the whole ecosystem.  Check out this short video clip of a South African bee that uses a musical note to unlock the flower’s gift. Thanks for visiting my blog!  Did … Continue reading

Savory sweet onions

Savory sweet onions

I have stopped buying the regular yellow onions in the produce section.  Really, what is their use?  They sting my eyes terribly when I cut them and they have such an overwhelming scent and almost acrid taste unsuitable for raw dishes.  Lots of people think they don’t like onions because all they have had are … Continue reading

Ladybug wisdom

Ladybug wisdom

Be one with the beauty around you and you will find true solace. Take time to let the morning sun seep into your body before taking on the day’s work. Take flight when the time is right.