In between art fairs and packing teaching supplies and packets for Squam I've spent more time than usual strolling through the garden, enjoying the bumper crop of strawberries that the recent rains have brought forth.
Late summer, a crisp edge to the mornings, lengthening shadows and vegetables to harvest. Beauty in every corner of the garden as we gather tomatoes, kohlrabi, carrots, corn and beans in our baskets and enjoy great feasts of simple foods at the end of the day.
This is the second year John's grown Frijoles Rojas De Seda. Our friend brought the beans from Honduras and they are indeed silky and red. It is a beautiful bean both in the dried form and on the pod (below).
We like these beans pureed and then spread on corn tortillas with cabbage salad and shredded cheese.
John grew several types of watermelon this year. Watermelons make summer the season of eating. One of my favorite fruits, don't you agree?
These big boys will be ready pretty soon.
Perennial hollyhocks, did you know about them? They bloom late in the year after the annual hollyhocks are pretty spent.
A successful planting of amaranth, an old grain that came to us via the Aztec culture. Highly nutricious and voluptuously beautiful with its long, velvety wine red flowers.
The apples are coming along, promising a bumper crop of fall cider this year.
Peppers galore. Also tomatillos (no photo) that we'll cook into some of our favorite recipes.
We are eating corn for every meal except breakfast now. We are the (ha ha) children of the corn.
Tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes. I ate 3 of them for breakfast.
This is our favorite - stupice. It has a short growing season and is perfect for our climate. Of course we grow the Orenco Gold and Federle and some others as well as the little volunteers.
More fall flowers; the Japanese Anemone, a shade loving flower that grows in pink or white. The grapes are nearly ready, the figs are awesome, nature is generous. Thank you for joining me. I have to confess that John is the green thumb as well as the hard working gardener. I just encourage and appreciate; grateful for all of it.