Saturday, August 23, 2014
Now is the time of year when the more "shrubby" perennials shine. The Russian Sages. The Salvia. The Veronicas. In this picture we even have a rebloom on the Dianthus, the short stuff at the front of the bed.
I planted my Russian sage two years ago and it has not produced any of the tall blue flower spikes. It is actually just as big as it was when it went in the ground. Meaning it isn't planted where it needs to be. That's the lesson for today. Now, in that same bed, a tall spiky plant is blooming again even though I have tried to get rid of it over a period of several years. That plant is where it wants to be and will not be moved. I don't like it because it is very invasive and will populate the entire bed if I stop digging it up. I think it's wild blue lobelia. A very descriptive name.
Today was drop off day for the Arts Are Elementary 10 by 10 art works. You never got to see the second one. It got finished very late yesterday and both got names about 5 minutes before I got into the car to drive to the drop off. I don't like giving things names as I find it limits the viewer to see things "my way" rather than interpret for themselves. So they both were Garden Bouquet. #1 and #2. When I was in college studying art--everything was an "artist proof".
The garden is limping along. We are not having August weather. The days are in the low 70's and the nights in the 50's. And it's often overcast or cloudy. And it rains making the plants all mildewy. That's what has happened to the zucchini. It is suffering from mildew. Now that I have a recipe I like (the fritters) the plants have stopped making zucchini.
The cucumbers are still producing as are the green peppers. I also have cherry and regular tomatoes getting ripe. My cabbages are looking very plump. I have kale and chard. Carrots are coming into the house and going straight into my salads or the fritters. My pole beans (started late) are just starting to climb the trellis. I planted them late so I wouldn't have to deal with them at the same time as the tomatoes. I like my green beans roasted in a hot oven with olive oil and salt. Fine September food. I am waiting for the tomatoes on the counter to get nice and soft and then I will be making tomato jam.
I am one pound away from my 5 week goal on weight loss. I would be happiest if I could exceed my goal but I will be content just to reach it--such has been the struggle. Going from the high fat/high calorie routine of low carb to the low calorie diet high in watery vegetables and salads has been difficult. My zucchini fritters have been a nice refuge. And the ratatouille is almost a daily choice. With 4 ounces (dry weight) of pasta which I would never been able to eat on no carb. Physical therapy is making a difference. My hip and knee feel much better. The knee especially. I'm not sure the tape on the toes is doing what it should be doing but have to wait 2 more weeks to see the foot doctor. The ¼ inch pad stuck on the outside edge if my foot is certainly working. Taking the pressure off my knee.
I am busy today, as I am every Saturday, in trying to process all the produce from the garden into meal or package it into freezer bags. I am wondering if I have enough time and carrots to make the Italian carrot soup I love? Or do I want to make a stir fry using the one cabbage I have already harvested? Stir fries are always so beautiful. And I do enjoy all the chopping, slicing etc. Onion, carrot, cabbage and peppers with some garlic and ginger. Perhaps a jalapeño. Over brown rice. Sounds promising.
Hours are being cut at work. People are being laid off. College kids are going back to school and others are searching for and finding new jobs. Parting is such sweet sorrow. I think it's hardest to be the one left behind.