Call It a Comeback

Just last week, all of the blooms on my Magnolia ("Betty") appeared brown and shriveled from the late frost. While it was bred to bloom in May to avoid this, it always blooms early, and this year that meant February! There must have been plenty of unopened buds hidden, because I went away for five days and returned to nearly full bloom. Now I'll get my favorite part--pink mulch, for a few days at least!

The Best Part About Edible Gardening

During the freakish warm weather,  I worked in the garden until I was starving. Only a grilled cheese would do, but I had fennel, arugula, and celery leaves to make the meal special. The sandwich also had pickled roasted peppers with capers, not homegrown, but it easily could have been (with peppers and "fake" capers like Nasturtium buds).

For dinner, I stir fried rice with bok choy and scallions. Again, no need to run to the store to make a meal. It's all worth the effort. My food photography cannot quite capture that!