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.

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...]

1 06, 2014

Mexican Sunflower

By |2014-06-01T11:22:22-07:00June 1st, 2014|Garden|

This is a Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia). Native to tropical regions of Mexico, it grows and reproduces quite easily here in San Diego County. This particular plant is nearly 20 feet tall and produces a profusion of yellow flowers from May through September. After the bloom, I chop it back to about 3 feet tall and it spends the winter and early Spring re-growing.

7 05, 2014

Jerusalem Sage

By |2014-05-07T11:42:33-07:00May 7th, 2014|Garden|

Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa) is neither a sage nor is it from Jerusalem. It's a sage-like plant native to the The north eastern portions of the Mediterranean from Italy east to Turkey. Grows great here in San Diego even with no water or care.

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