So, there's weirdness - as usual - going on in the garden this morning. We've had a cool, dry summer, and everyone is confused as to whether they should keep on keeping on, or pull their blankees up to their chin and snooze until Spring.
In the front yard, my Magic Fountains Delphinium, which always comes way too early and scares me - blooming from March until April - even through ice and frost (it's supposed to bloom in June/July) - has decided to make a repeat foolish appearance, sending up shoots this week, threatening to bloom any day. I warned it this morning that pulling this particular prank in the spring is one thing, but to try it now ... I don't know ... Autumn in Indiana can come swift and biting. She just shrugged, and shot another shoot up in my face. However, this is the first year I actually pruned it after it bloomed ... 'twas an after thought ...
Zinnias are only now climbing up through the wretched butter 'n eggs, and the whole yard just looks like hell! My perennial sunflowers are being their usual bully-like self ... and now Rudy is afraid to walk through the tiny paths because stray cats may jump out at him and send a flea his way.
Today, however, my Mountain Bluett was thick and lush and just showed up as if to say, "well, of course!"
Who Is Anastasia?
- Rose Whisperer
- New Castle, Indiana Zone 5, United States
- When I was 55, I decided to embrace the things I love and hold precious and dear - regardless of anyone else's thoughts and opinion. I am a folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown by me. I love good, hearty, exotic foods, and I love to prepare them myself. I love the secret garden situated in my backyard, regardless of how junky it gets. No longer able to afford a vacation, this will have to be it for the time being. In the winter months, I still enjoy it. Anyway, here I am sharing my art, favorite recipes, cocktails, gardening tips, and just my usual vents and bantering. After all, I'm old enough to say whatever the heck I want to now ... Oh, the two pictures below are NOT of my garden, although the one with the pink French doors looks very much like the backyard I grew up with. I am searching for pictures of that wonderful place and will post soon.
September 8, 2009
September 6, 2009
September 4, 2009
Once again, it's that time of year when we have so much zucchini. Either we are buying it, growing it, or inheriting it from friends and neighbors ... what to do with it? By request, I've been asked to provide more veggie recipes. So, I found it on wholeliving.com -- I think this is SCRUMPTIOUS!
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound (about 2 or 3) green zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 scallions, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 pound (about 2 or 3) yellow zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup freshly chopped dill
1/4 cup freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
5 large eggs plus 5 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 tomato, thinly sliced
2 ounces low-fat feta cheese, crumbled
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add green zucchini, half the scallions, half the garlic, A teaspoon marjoram, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring frequently, until zucchini has softened and is beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; transfer to a large bowl; set aside.
Rinse skillet; repeat process with yellow zucchini and remaining teaspoon olive oil, scallions, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon marjoram, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Transfer to bowl with cooked green zucchini; let sit until cooled. Drain and discard any liquid.
Add dill, parsley, and eggs to zucchini; stir to combine. Pour into a 9 1/2-inch round, deep baking dish. Cover with tomato; sprinkle with feta. Bake until set, about 1 hour. Serve hot or at room temperature.
I was introduced to this fantastic cocktail just the other day. It is sparkling, refreshing and absolutely delicious. Here, at the end of the summer, it will be perfect to sip on while luxuriating in the backyard, as well as a pleasant surprise in the upcoming fall season.
September 2, 2009
Today, I ventured out into the garden with my tea. This is the time of the year when the garden acts up, become belligerent and aggressive; bees hover and quarrel, trying to sneak in the back door; birds begin to argue over the thistle and coneflower seeds; and the zinnias I so diligently broadcast in the spring, barely get through the nasty Butter 'n Egg weeds I so hate and STILL can't get rid of! Weeds are everywhere, blocking my path. My favorite Queen Anne's Lace is beginning to fade, and my roses are finally deciding to wake up and give a booming encore - sometimes this performance lasts well into November. Considering how cold and damp the summer's been, I doubt if they make it through September.