Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Flowers from the Garden

There are all sorts of things blooming in the garden downstairs now, both in my raised beds and in the more communal flowers beds around the edges of the garden:

Stocks (Matthiola incana), always amongst my favorites...

... and this time I seem to have gotten plants of almost every color in the mix!

Virginia stock (Malcolmia maritima)

California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) - the flowers are silky and luminous but their color always hard to capture in pictures

Firecracker flower (Dichelostemma ida-maia)

My dinner tonight consisted of a big bowl of mâche (Valerianella locusta) salad fresh from the garden, dressed simply with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar, pepper, salt, and lots of lemon juice, with some walnuts and fresh blueberries scattered over the top. Now that the days are hot, the mâche has to be harvested quickly before it bolts and goes to seed. In Germany it is a traditional and very common cold-season green; unfortunately in this country it is comparatively little grown or appreciated.

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