The Beautiful Edible Garden

Harvesting  fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden and creating amazing culinary dishes has become a daily event in our home.

Gill and thyme at entrance to potting shed

Dill, thyme and Blue lobelia at the base of sunflowers and lilies

It began with the radishes and mescaline

French Breakfast radishes

French Breakfast radishes from Burpee seeds

Mesclun mix

Mesclun Sweet Salad Mix from Burpee

And had now encompassed snow peas, cauliflower and string beans.

Snow pea blossoms with potting shed in background

Snow pea blossoms with potting shed in background

Cauliflower blossom

Cauliflower blossom

Soon the heirloom tomatoes will be bursting with flavor and peppers will be stuffed with cream and mozzarella cheese.

Heirloom tomato Blue Beauty

Heirloom tomato Blue Beauty after a morning rain

Container gardens adorn the back deck some filled with parsley, rosemary red leaf lettuce and violas!

Container garden filled with parsley, rosemary and violas

Container garden filled with parsley, rosemary and violas

My dream is to double the size of the garden next year but alas, until work hours are eliminated an expansion of two or three feet will have to suffice! 

Terraced vegetable garden

Terraced vegetable garden with red beets in front and pass-along onions behind Chili and small red stuffing peppers in the containers next to the blue lobelia

Terraced vegetable garden

An early spring view of the garden. Today the vegetable plants are so large the terraced effect disappears

Alternative Views of the Gardens

Reflections

Black Walnut tree reflection in the goldfish pond

Life Lost

Tiger Swallowtail wing amongst woodland debris

Sustenance

Red Cabbage with morning dew drops

Climate Change and the Garden

As I was scrolling down my Facebook page a post caught my attention 

These Maps Show How Many Brutally Hot Days You Will Suffer When You’re Old

So I clicked on it and began reading.  The last series of maps in the article took my breath away.  IF we do not change our current path our grandchildren will see economic collapse and their grandchildren who live in the eastern part of the United States will not be able to live outside for over a third of the year.  In less than 200 years we will have created a future that science fiction writers have envisioned.

Another compelling chart from the report is the one below, which shows the number of days per year when the heat and humidity are too high for humans to be safely outside.

From Mother Jones, article by Tim McDonnell

 

So what does this have to do with gardening?

Clematis flower

I am a future thinker, the N in the Myers-Briggs personality assessment.  I may exist in the present but all my efforts are created for the future. Present time thinkers or the S,  find it difficult to wrap their minds around the sadness I feel when I walk through the gardens.  I know nothing is permanent.  Perhaps this is why I have a strong desire to share the beauty and serenity that is the garden. We protect what we know and love Let us encourage everyone we know to go out and create their own connection to their Mother Earth.

Bowling Ball pyramid with hostas

 

Just Another Beautiful Day

As I walk through the gardens in the morning I wonder how to best share its transformation.

Road-side flower bed

Road-side flower bed, Golden Spirea, Catmint and Lamium, (Spotted Dead Nettle)

Just a few months ago the Dreamer was blanketed by snow and paths were non-existent. 

Stream-side path by the Labyrinth

Stream-side path by the Labyrinth Hostas, Hellebores and Weigela compliment a River Birch

Color now abounds,

Snap Dragon flowers covered with dew drops

Snap Dragon flowers covered with dew drops

birds sing and “creatures great and small” share this sacred space.

New-born American Robin s in the cryptomeria japonica

New-born American Robin s in the cryptomeria japonica

The Dilemma Of a Wildlife Photographer

Garter snake and American toad

In this heaven on earth, earth is the focus today. We are not corporeal creatures floating peacefully in some nether region. We are tied to this world into which we were born. We need sustenance to live and grow. To interrupt the cycle of life is to play God.

The beauty  of creation was the focus of my last post.  Today we see the reality of sustaining life.  We do not eat most of our food alive.  It is killed, cleaned and packed. Other creatures do not have this luxury.  This chance encounter has put into perspective the reality of the cycle of life for me.

Eastern Garter snake American toad

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