Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Blooms in the Smoke
Hemerocallis Teahouse Tapestry
Cardoon...no I haven't cooked any yet!
Some of the first Padrone peppers of the year...pick, rinse, saute quickly in a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt and eat! Use the stem for a handle...yum!
Here are a few photos of recent blooms in Davis. It's difficult to enjoy them as the air has been really awful due to the wildfires burning all around northern California...none of them near enough to worry about burning here but the smoke is pretty much disgusting. This isn't the first time we've had fire smoke here but it isn't very common either. Add to the smoke multiple triple digit heat days (106.5 today!) and the garden isn't a good place to be right now. Reading garden blogs will reveal that pretty much all gardeners suffer/endure gifts of nature of one type or another...we may not enjoy our own particular gifts but we do seem to acclimate to what we're given. The Austin bloggers talk about closing up shop to a certain degree in the heat of summer, midwesterners have their humidity, thunderstorms and tornadoes, there are ice storms many places around the country and that doesn't even get into the insect problems or things like poison ivy. But being the compulsive/dedicated gardeners that we seem to be we just carry on...knowing that this too will pass. For myself, I know (please, please, please) that the smoke will clear and I know that the heat will not keep up...we should be back into the 90's (hey...it's a dry heat!) by Sunday.