I took another picture this morning to show how short the stalks are. It's from a low angle as I used the self-timer, but I think it still show quite well how short the stalks are.
Another interesting sight in the garden these days
is this bed of asiatic lilies. I'm not sure why they were planted in one of the raised beds. Perhaps we had too many of them for planting in pots to sell. They looked so beautiful when massed together like this. There's another massive planting of these lilies over next to the raspberry patch. I need to get out there to take a picture too.
These masses of lilies are great for cut flowers. They make beautiful bouquets that are quite long lasting. You just need to be very careful around them because their pollen is a terrifically potent orange powder. If you get it on your skin or clothing it will stain deeply. The only way to get rid of it is to avoid getting any water on it, but just brush it gently off--preferably outside so it doesn't drift down onto the floor!
Today I dealt with the remaining tomatoes that had been picked that day.
There weren't too many, but I tried something new with these. Canned tomatoes always have so much "water" in with them. So this time I took the pan of boiling cut up tomatoes and put them on the colander, draining out most of the juice. The two bottles on the left were packed that way. They still have lots of "water" on the bottom of the jar. The jar on the right was what was left and rather than just throwing it out, I canned it with lots of "water." I think I'll put it through a strainer when I open it and use it as tomato juice.
There were also lots of Roma tomatoes and
I'm not in the habit of using dried tomatoes in my cooking, so I'll have to
start looking for recipes that call for them. I'm thinking maybe some carmelized onions and these dried tomato slices on foccacia bread would work out well.
Because it's plenty warm these days--real summer weather at last with temperatures in the high 20's C, or high 70's F--I didn't want to run the dehydrator in the house for 10 hours, so I placed it on this little table just outside
Also from the garden lately: beets (and beet greens), oodles of sugar snap peas, enough lettuce for our whole town!, onions, raspberries, strawberries, new potatoes, turnips. I picked a bucket of sugar snap peas a few days ago, took pictures of the vines, the peas in process (taking off the strings) and in the frying pan with a little olive oil, a dab of sesame oil and some sesame seeds. I was going to blog the whole process, but lost the pictures when I prematurely cut off the download from the camera.
Here's to the wonderful fresh food we can enjoy this time of the year!