Category Archives: Plants

Russian Mammoth Sunflowers

It is hard not to photograph our sunflowers.  They are stunning from almost any angle.

Sunflowers

Our sunflowers are blooming and are spectacular.  It has gotten very difficult to get anything done, when I would rather just stand near a window and look out at the garden.

Squash Vine Borers

Over the past week or so, we suddenly lost all but two of our yellow squash, three zucchini plants, several pumpkins and one butternut squash.  They would be beautiful and lush one day, wilted the next and gone within another day.

Melittia cucurbitae foraging holly blossoms. Georgetown County, SC

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Nasturtium Blossom Stuffed Hors d’Oeuvre

Stuffed Nasturtium Blossoms

This past weekend, I was looking for something from the garden to add a special touch to a lunch for out of town guests.  Glancing around the yard, I saw beautiful orange nasturtiums peeking out from between cucumber leaves.  The blossoms have a peppery zest not unlike the flavor of watercress or arugula.  I had all the ingredients to make nasturtium blossoms stuffed with a fresh chive cream cheese.  They were served on a bed of nasturtium leaves as an hors d’oeuvre.  The rich, peppery flavor of these would be nice paired with a dry chardonnay or iced sweet tea.  Overall they were a hit and I would make them again and again.

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Freezing Peas

Peas

Peas

There is nothing like the taste of crisp, fresh sugar and snow peas first thing in the spring.  Our peas have just about finished for the season.  Although peas usually bloom in two flushes, our second round of peas fizzled out due to an abrupt shift from spring to scorching summer this month.  We had a great harvest for our first round – more than what we could eat at the time.  I was able to blanch and freeze two batches of peas for later in the season.  Our kids love to eat frozen peas as a snack anytime and we all enjoy them with stir fries for a taste of spring in winter.

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