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Beautiful Food #4: Peak of summer

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Blog entry by daltxguy posted 02-12-2011 04:51 AM 9398 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The gopher didn’t see its shadow so it’s only 6 more weeks of summer( I think…lol). Things are beginning to ripen up.

Sunflowers

Sorghum is mile high and the ‘broom’ is blooming after 90 days of growth

Corn husks are forming:

Giant cauliflower – fed me for 4 days

and the grapes beginning to show some color is bittersweet – beautiful but a reminder that the seasons are changing

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau



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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-12-2011 06:52 AM

too cool!! We are getting ready for summer and you are almost done with it.
Your pictures are so beautiful, I love the sunflowers… and the cauliflower!! yumm! how are you going to prepare it?

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-12-2011 07:19 AM

gorgeous photos.
Interesting: “The gopher didn’t see its shadow so it’s only 6 more weeks of summer.”

I am reminded of the wisdom “and this too shall pass” and not to wish away the winter. Time passes too quickly as it is.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Bon

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posted 02-12-2011 08:32 AM

After yesterdays snow and blowing; today is nice and sunny and I think it even feels a little warmer.Yahoo.
Your plants are looking good and that cauliflower sure makes me want some of it.(lol)

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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daltxguy

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posted 02-12-2011 12:56 PM

G_T – the cauliflower got turned into a casserole with a cream and cheese and herb sauce( herbs from the garden of course), topped with buttered bread crumbs.

I cut the cauliflower into 1” flowerettes and soaked in some salty water for a few hours. I especially always get a few earwigs hiding in the head. The salt water forces everything out.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-14-2011 07:00 AM

that sounds yummy, anything with cheese and cream has to be delicious :-)

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-14-2011 05:59 PM

Steve, great photos of your garden and produce. Enjoy your summer paradise. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 02-16-2011 01:18 AM

Daltxguy, so nice to see the effect of changing season through your photos. My hibiscuses have started showing their colors as the temperature is rising. I will post the pictures after a few days.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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daltxguy

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posted 02-16-2011 01:44 AM

Sharad – looking forward to your pictures so I can enjoy an endless summer!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Iris43

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posted 02-16-2011 08:31 AM

Steve, wonderful pics of your wonderful garden and produce! That is a beautiful cauliflower, I love cauliflower. I am getting ichy fingers…...anxious to get back into the gardens.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 02-19-2011 01:50 PM

I could almost feel the warmth coming off those Sunflowers. Did my heart good. We don’t have snow, but it’s only a few minutes away and I’m stoking the wood stove because there is no heat in the sun that shines outside.

You forget that somewhere on the planet the sun is shining and is making folks grow great veggies. That was a fine looking califlower, pard. Your photogs were richly rewarding to all still locked into winter with only dreams of those days ahead.
Thanks.

-- Margaret, Eagle Creek, Oregon. A garden is never finished.

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daltxguy

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posted 02-19-2011 02:30 PM

Thanks Margaret- looking forward to your pictures providing me warmth when we have none or little.

Robin (our Radicalfarmergal) informed me that the sun is closer to the earth during the southern hemisphere summer than it is in the summer in the northern hemisphere so the summer sun here is intense and our winter sun is even weaker than yours. But maybe the summer sun is just intense enough so you can feel it in the pics!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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posted 02-21-2011 06:45 AM

It is snowing here again, just when we had a few days of melting snow and I started to think about spring. I could use some of your summer sun. Go outside for me today, please. ; )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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daltxguy

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posted 02-21-2011 01:55 PM

Hi Robin! While it was sunny and 90+ here yesterday and probably will be again tomorrow, today we are getting a little precip but I am still sitting around in shorts and short sleeve t-shirt. Here are some pics that will either warm you up or put a smile on your face or hopefully both :)

What it looks like today

Hebes are in full bloom ( more on this in my weird plants of NZ series – I promise)

Everything about Murchison on a mural at the local school. The happy cow, the blue duck(whio – who live year round in whitewater rapids), the eel, the whitewater of the Buller river

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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posted 02-21-2011 04:36 PM

Your pictures brought me a smile, thank you for them. I think you live in a paradise. That first photo you just posted makes me want to pull on my hiking boots and go for a long, long walk.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Bon

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posted 02-23-2011 09:00 AM

We have been watching the terrible tragedy the earth quake has done.My heart goes out to all those who were affected by it.Was there any damage near you.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Iris43

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posted 02-23-2011 09:26 AM

Daltxguy, please check in with us as soon as you can and let us know you are ok.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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daltxguy

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posted 02-23-2011 11:38 AM

Thanks for the concern. I am fine. I’ve posted more on a separate earthquake blog

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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GrandmaT

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posted 02-23-2011 03:18 PM

Beautiful photos!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Bon

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posted 02-24-2011 09:42 AM

Thanks for the blog on the quake.I’m so glad you are ok.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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