We had rain, lot of rain. Everything is lush including the weeds, need to get out to the gardens and do some serious weeding. Flower and perennial beds are gorgeous from afar, but up close and personal there are many unwanted guests.
Vegetable garden is coming along nicely. Did not have that much to harvest this past week but there were sufficient for the daily meals and extra to share. With all the rain, this week is going to be a week of abundance.
In my basket above are: garlic scapes, weight: ¾ pounds; Shanghai bod choy, weight: 1 pound; strawberries, did not weigh; sugar snap, first harvest, 6 total (in front slightly to the left, you need to look closely to see them).
Combined the Shanghai bok choy, sugar snap and 6 garlic scapes to make a quick stir-fry. Used just a bit of oil, couple slices of fresh ginger and salt, very simple. The sugar snaps were the best I ever tasted.
I know, getting boring, but this is how I like to treat my freshly harvested veggies. Also when I come in from the gardens frequently this kind of cooking is all that I have time and energy for (no thinking and no extra ingredients needed).
Harvested lettuce, a basket full, forgot to weigh. Shared 2 heads each with a friend. Oakleaf on the right and forellenschluss (that’s what I thought I planted but it does not look quite like the photo on the seed packet) on the left.
Flower stalks of Chinese celery, weight: 4 ounces and Chinses chives, weight 3 ounces
(not all of the harvests are in the photo above)
Both the green and white Chinese celery started to bolt so I cut the flower stalks and hoping the plants will grow normally. Decided to direct sow some seeds, it is a bit late and I may not get a harvest because they are slow to germinate, but I am hopeful.
This is the first time my Chinese celery is flowering this early (usually around August). Could it be the weather? The end of May we had temp in the 90′s, early June night time temp dropped to the 40′s for a number of nights, could this extreme temperature changes have affected the plants? I think so, they were probably totally confused.
Made a Hoisin Chicken dish with Chinese celery flower stalks, garlic scapes and Chinese chives (over doing the garlic scapes, but they will be gone pretty soon).
Cannot remember the name of the above flower. Anyone recognize it?
Looked out the kitchen window yesterday early evening and saw a visitor in the backyard. A deer was happily munching on my Stella d’oro daylillies, I was not a happy person and did not have the presence of mind to get my camera for a photo shot.
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