Greek Sage (Salvia fruticosa)

20180413_180419gyuThe rise in popularity of and interest in growing heirloom fruits and veggies has extended to the herb garden.  However, there are some that remain well-kept secrets that really shouldn’t be.

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Bearded Iris (Iris x germanica)

201r7tufvchgThere is a point each year where my garden looks a little like Monet’s famous garden, and I am clearly quite okay with that!  Each spring I am graced with a spectacular and long lasting display of some of the most beautiful and diverse blooms I have. Continue reading Bearded Iris (Iris x germanica)

Scabiosa (“Pincushion Flower”)

I’m a sucker for old-fashioned looking flowers like the kind you see in a typical English Cottage Garden.  However, England’s climate isn’t all that similar to mine.  In fact, not at all.

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Pomegranate (Punica granatum)

20171105_134912It is easy to understand why Persephone was tempted by the pomegranate seeds offered to her by Hades, as told in the ancient Greek mythological story, even though eating them would condemn her to spend three months of each year in the dark underworld.

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Imposters!

20180913_203416I was nearly suckered as I was out in the garden taking some pictures.  But something about it made me take a closer look.  Something about those eyes…

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Fig (Ficus carica)

20180803_125406I have to say, I honestly feel sorry for anyone who’s never had the opportunity to eat a fresh fig.  If that’s you, don’t despair, you still might be able to grow your own, even if you’re not in the ideal climate.

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Peachy Sourdough Cake

20180715_195712Sourdough.  It’s what’s for dessert.  Trust me on this.  And it comes with peaches.  Peaches are good.

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Feta & Kalamata Olive Stuffed Peppers

20180801_162925I’ve had a lot of peppers from the garden lately, and as much as I like to eat them, after a while I kind of want to shake things up a bit. Yes, there can be too much of a good thing.

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Kalamata Olive & Feta Spread

20180808_204236When I’m entertaining I want appetizers that can be made in advance and pack a lot of flavor.  Chips and dip just doesn’t cut it.  This spread does.

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Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)

20180322_163340Cabbage is one of those “cool weather” crops that has stymied me for a while.  Being in zone 9 means that one has to take advantage of the fall season, just when you think you get to take a break from your summer garden, if you want to have success with these kinds of crops.

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