25 May 2020

planted out

into pots and planters for the deck. Basils- the purple amaratto
large-leaved sweet basil
and frilly 'mrihani'.
There was one of each left, and only one lemon basil- still very small- so those went together
In the planters on the deck railings, I put my nasturtiums.
Still small, but so cheering:
Not newly planted, but just a note- I'm pleasantly surprised how well my kale continues to do in pots. I think I'll grow it this way next year, too. Also, I just like looking at it.

garden cooking

I learned how to make green tortillas! Have done tortillas from scratch several times now (rolling them flat neatly is still the trickiest part) but this is the first time incorporated greens. In lieu of spinach, I used leaf beet chard. You steep the greens in hot water for several minutes (I used sixteen leaves, next time will do twenty as my husband wants them even greener), then purée in food processor and add to the flour mixture by hand. I also found how to make relatively even-sized balls of the dough- form into one large ball, then cut in half, halves again, until have as many wedges as you want tortillas, then reshape them into smaller balls.
I then pat them into flat, palm-sized circles and chill in the fridge for twenty minutes.
Roll out and cook on a dry hot cast-iron skillet.
I was pleased this meal had five garden ingredients- bay leaf and thyme flavoring the lentils, lettuce leaf, chard in the tortillas, and we had tokyo bekana flower scapes on the side (not pictured)- sautéed lightly in butter with salt. Which tasted rather like broccolini.
Here's the green tortilla lentil wrap
There was a bit of rice and lentils left over, next day I just used a few slo-bolt lettuce leaves (nice and large) to make a wrap:
Yums! In the growing heat, I find my lettuce tastes best if I pick it in cooler morning, wash and rinse, then lay over paper towel still damp, and put in a lidded container in the fridge (or on a plate with tight plastic wrap). After a few hours, the lettuce is nice and crisped up. If cut in the evening, I leave them in the fridge overnight. Great taste again.

new leaf

on my angelwing begonia- I like how its color is more bronze, to the older leaves' green

23 May 2020

violets old and new

Sad thing: was the end of my once beautiful pink violet. It succumbed to crown rot.
But happy thing, another cutting is sprouting! It's 'Lavender Magic'.
The new leaf barely poking out of soil.
My other young ones are looking pretty good!
Only one has sprouted multiple seedlings-
and it's got one with lighter, variegated color and a swirl shape? It's 'Royal Rage'. Very curious to see how that one turns out.
Now my oldest violet is the purple one. Almost done with this round of flowering. I need to clean it up. Outer leaves are yellowing a bit, I think the end of spring, almost-summer sun is getting too strong in this spot. Might need to start shifting houseplants around again.

in the house

Arrowhead is doing better than I've seen in a long time.
Last creeping charlie cutting got moved from its water jar into this pot with others
These bright coleus could go out into the front bed now, to replace some that got cold damage a week ago
but I'm enjoying them on my kitchen windowsill a bit longer

22 May 2020

miscellaneous garden stuff

Few days ago potted up my one and only pepper plant,
and the sunberry
Zucchini plants have first true leaves, cukes and cantaloupe soon
Purple pole beans are well and ready to go out! but it must be a bit warmer first
I cut too many dill sprigs for my eggs the other day, and stuck an extra one in a bit of water. It's still fresh several days later!
Funny, I found a sweet pea growing in the back perennial bed among the echinacea. Wonder if it sprouted from seed off last year's plant, or the perennial one I had before.

garden in the rain

Things are growing and changing so fast now. Already I've pulled lettuces out from between the collards here
They had all started bolting, so put them to chill in the fridge. Slo-bolt simpson is still fine in the other bed with leaf chard for a little longer:
Glaze collards are also starting to get leggy-
while the yellow collards are holding up much better to warmer temperatures

some yard plants

The hellebore flowers are nearly finished- fat green seed pods forming
Hellebore overlapping ferns
Arum is almost done- until fall.
I really need to figure out where to move my rhubarb to
So far, the false indigo is doing a lot better than last year
I really like how light seems to glow on the new liriope foliage
On the shady sideyard, chocolate joe pye is looking great!
so are the lance-leaved hostas
and this nice large blue one.
In the back, monarda is already a green wall
and out front, some of the mums are just big enough to start pinching.
All coming along!