In early spring the Scilla bloom and I always make a point to get some pictures in the short time that they are around. As previously mentioned, they share a name with my maternal grandmother, although the spelling is different.
- The HomeGrown “In Food We Trust” Photo Essay Contest – You can win tickets to Bonnaroo this June by showing the judges (of which I am one. Bwahahaha… Not sure why that is menacing, actually.) in 6 photos or fewer, How are you eating differently these days and how are you connecting to the sources of your food.
- David Suzuki Digs My Garden – Hey Canada! It’s not too late to apply for this contest to become a featured gardener under the watchful eye of a fantastically creepy David Suzuki garden gnome.
- Inside Grey Gardens – Amazing photos that depict both the house before, and the garden after it was restored and revitalized.
These are the pea varieties I like best and am growing again this year. ‘Tom Thumb’ and ‘Dwarf Grey Sugar’ go in pots and everything else goes in even larger pots or in-ground at the community garden. I meant to write a post about planting my peas ages ago (peas generally go in early, as soon as the ground is “workable”) but that didn’t happen, weeks have passed and here we are.
Incidentally, this photo is the reason why my peas got mixed up. I spent a stupid amount of time one Sunday morning setting this shot up indoors but did not like the light. The little tags should be yellower. There is too much shadow. So then I had the thought to carry the board outdoors so that I could take a Polaroid. It was a precarious and thoughtless idea but I managed to make it all the way outside with only a few rollie-pollie seeds making a break for it. But then I got outside and it was windy, and I did not stick those pieces of paper down with tape, and well…. you can guess what happened next. The tags took flight. The peas shot off the board. Mayhem. I managed to sort some seeds by color, size, and texture but the remainders ended up in an envelope marked, ‘Edible Pea Grab Bag.’
I took this photo last week at Dufferin Grove Park where little spears of asparagus were starting to pop up in one of the garden beds. A day later I was treated to an AMAZING microgreens salad that included asparagus, prepared by the chef at Terrain and left for me at my hotel. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated such a delicious and nourishing meal after a day spent in airports. And to top it off, it was my first taste of fresh asparagus stalks of the season!
I look forward to lots more as it becomes available here in Toronto.