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Friday, September 05, 2008

Deep Summer Garden

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.

17 comments:

Kel said...

Thank you so much for letting me walk in the sunshine, with all that good food growing sacred around me. I love your photo of the pepper woman - can you see her?

Candace said...

The pepper woman! That is exactly what I noticed... LOL. Those photos are all delicious. The air is now cooling here in the Deep South. It's still warm here in Athens, only without the Shake and Bake effect.

Have a great weekend.
Candace

artistsgarden said...

Lovely abundance in your garden.
Karen

mary ann said...

a bounty
a feast
of soul food straight from
THE GOOD EARTH
tended by dear john.
mmmmmmmmmmm
how's my boyfriend hermanito?

Allegra Smith said...

Mother Earth in all of her beauty! it is a glorious sight to see Juan's work turned into such beautiful Nature's paintings with all the colors of summer and fall. It makes one marvel one more time about the wonders hidden in a seed...

You, I miss already. Did you get the recipe I sent for the verdolagas? Love to you both.

Jonna said...

Oh the tomato's are so lovely.....mine did not do well this year and I am begging from others to so that I can get my salsa started this weekend....sigh.

Jane B. said...

It's so lovely to meet others that appreciate the beauty of vegetables! Thank you for sharing your harvest, I know it will be wonderful.

dolceamara said...

Judy, my friend, some day I hope to be where you are now, but, alas, I am still evolving. Still, you are the beacon. . .

Ro Bruhn said...

I am always in awe of your splendid garden and bumper crops, you must almost be self-sufficient in the fruit and veg department. We're at the beginning of spring here and the daffodils and blossoms are bursting into life, roll on summer.

Kelly Snelling_Soulhumming.typepad.com said...

now i'm just drooling. heavens that garden of yours is utterly magnificent! you sure got yourself a good man to grow all those beautiful plants.

Tara Finlay said...

Hi Judy,
That red pepper looks like a Venus to me!

Kim Rae Nugent said...

What a beautiful garden. Artfully laid out too! I am in awe...I have dabbled with gardening over the years but mostly just like to think about it :)

Joy Logan said...

Judy I would love to spend a day reading your journal...its so wonderful it makes me wanna be nosy!

Fran Saperstein said...

beautiful art in the journal and fabulous work in the garden. it looks like you have a fabulous season ahead of you with lots of great eats! xo, Fran

John G. said...

breathtaking!

frida said...

I think you live in the Garden of Eden.

Charmingdesigns said...

Beautiful!! Laurie