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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Color and Flair

Looking for bright and tasty for your containers? Think Nasturtiums. Its edible flowers can be used to brighten up your summer salads. Infuse your vinegar with Nasturtiums, adding a peppery flavor to most any dish. How can you not love this powerful sensation to add color and flair to your summertime garden?

Speaking of summer, let's turn to the success of our vegetable garden.Well, if it's anything like ours, it remains in limbo state with these buckets of rain. But if you planted garlic last fall, don’t forget one of the bennies (pick those scapes.) Check back at this archived post or peruse the search button on the blog and choose a scape favorite. This one includes a recipe for those who want a quick Tuesday dish. 

So what makes your garden special this time of year? What are you adding to give it color and flair? Let’s cut to the flowers and use Margaret Thatcher’s words, which I find applicable for our spring/summer gardens. “What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.”

As you know, a garden never stops – there is never enough something so it’s a constant creation to make it its own success story. And that certain sense of purpose, well, it’s that mixture of flair and color that make each garden shine in its own special uniqueness. In my book, that’s the success of any garden. Oh, and you can’t forget the hard work. If you forgo the hard work, you’ve lost that certain sense of purpose.

Image by Ann Bilowz © Nasturtiums in a punchy blue container

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