Garden’s Fleeting Beauty

It’s stormy here in Northern Cali. The weather isn’t stable. The wind gusts sometimes, the rain falls sometimes, the sun shines sometimes. But the garden, weedy, in need of care, and sadly neglected has decided to send me love. 

Last year, I planted one rosette. This is now a small tree. Okay, very low bush thing. 

The English lavender sent out bloom spikes, not yet ready to harvest, though. 

Not sure what these are called, but I hope it keeps spreading to become a ground cover. I’ve been waiting years for it to spread. 

But the irises, these come up, year after year. This time, I managed to capture a photo that reminds almost of van Gogh’s painting. 

All too soon these guys will fade. And my garden will return to their derelict looking truth. I should spend more time in it. I really should. 

I should move these to the backyard. Soon. And the bamboo. Since they flowered, I’m unsure if they’ll come back to life soon. I hope so, I miss their stately grace. 

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Garden and Food

I bought something like these during the holidays last year.

These are Japanese garnet yams. Inside are bright yellow yummies. Well, when they’re cooked. Unfortunately, I didn’t cook a few.

And over the winter, they sprouted. So, in the spring, I tosses them into a pot outside my kitchen.

And they grew into these. Well, instant veggies! I take the tender tops and some of the young leaves and wash them.

See, those pretty greens? They’re just like spinach! Today this is lunch. Yam leaves and oyster mushrooms cooked with instant bowl ramen. 

Ah! Completely satisfying!

So, if the yams you bought from Thanksgiving starts to sprout, plant them in a pot and harvest the tender tops and some leaves! 

You can also toss them into pasta!