17 06, 2014

“Cheddar” Cauliflower

By |2019-09-20T11:21:14-07:00June 17th, 2014|Garden|

We're all used to seeing big white heads of cauliflower in the store, but I'm partial to this particular variety called "Cheddar" that you have to buy from a seed supplier (in this case, Pinetree Garden Seeds). Every bit as good as the snowy white variety, Cheddar is even better when you sprinkle a little olive oil, garlic and pepper on it and roast it in an oven for 20 minutes or so.

10 06, 2014

Pink Mallow

By |2014-06-09T15:46:04-07:00June 10th, 2014|Garden|

Around here we've got a variety of mallow with a tiny white flower and a great big taproot that likes to take over just about everything. Fortunately, there are prettier, less invasive varieties native to other parts of North America. This one's a big mallow with a really showy pink blossom blooming in the butterfly garden.

9 06, 2014

Ring Around the Marigold

By |2014-06-09T15:42:54-07:00June 9th, 2014|Garden|

10 or so years ago my youngest daughter brought home a packet of marigold seeds called "Little Tiger" (or something close to that) she'd won in a drawing at school. The first year we grew them they were, in fact, striped orange and yellow like a tiger. Each year we saved some seeds and planted them again. But as time went the stripes faded and a new pattern emerged with an orange flower ringed by a yellow band. Perhaps a  [keep reading...]

6 06, 2014

Almost Corn Time

By |2014-06-06T12:03:23-07:00June 6th, 2014|Garden|

My father-in-law, born and raised on an Iowa corn farm is fond of say that corn should be "knee-high by the Fourth of July." It's only early June and we're well past knee-high with the sweet corn. By the Fourth we'll be eating it!

2 06, 2014

Peppermint Twist Rose

By |2014-06-01T11:29:26-07:00June 2nd, 2014|Garden|

A floribunda rose I picked up nearly 20 years ago from a little nursery tucked back in the hills of Fallbrook. The lady said it was called "Peppermint Twist" because the red and white spirals of the flower resembled a peppermint candy. When the flower is still a bud it does really look like a peppermint, but as it opens it un-swirls to reveal red and white streaked flowers. Not really heavy on the fragrance, but it does bloom almost  [keep reading...]

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