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Nature is Busy

Posted in gardening with tags , , on April 23, 2010 by darcyarts

Much goes on in the garden that the naked eye can miss (click pic for closer view).

Tiny bugs blend perfectly with the plant on which they feast. Aphids are the same color green as these tall stalks of parsley. Can you see them?

The Ladybug can.

The familiar red bug is in the garden cleaning up. Isn’t nature great?


Parsley Recipes?

Posted in food, gardening with tags , , on March 24, 2010 by darcyarts

Last year at the end of spring I picked up a couple plants marked cilantro. They were not cilantro which I love but parsley. This season the parsley, along with my catnip (yea!) is back.

I do not know what to do with it.

I took a quick look at recipes on the net. I got excited by the idea of parsley pesto but then realized that recipe used Italian parsley. I have the regular tough, strong flavored parsley.

I could put it in mashed potatoes but that would ruin the potatoes for me. They are fine all by themselves.

Soups, stews, and salads. Okay, but you need so little.

Greek shrimp and pasta calls for parsley, I’ve read, but just knowing I would prefer the taste of cilantro to parsley in any of the recipes causes me frustration.

Does anyone out there know of a good recipe that somehow makes the most of the flavor of parsley?

I guess I could dry it and just sprinkle a bit in things.

February Vegetation

Posted in gardening, music, nature with tags , , , on February 2, 2010 by darcyarts

The sky continues to be mostly gray though the sun is peaking through on occasion.

I wanted to catch the tiny violets in the yard.

They came early in the rain. The purple violets came first. The white are new.

The parsley refuses to die, It was very hearty through very cold temps and is still green and growing.

I wish I liked parsley or knew of a recipe that would somehow use it’s taste yet transform it.

I thought I was buying cilantro. That’s what the tag in it’s tiny container said late last spring.

The catnip is going to stick around, too. I guess that means these herbs are perennials.

I just read that parsley is a biennial. Catnip, of the mint family, is a perennial. Yes! I had a very healthy crop my first season and stuffed over a dozen catnip squid toys with it. Buyers tell me the cats loved them.

The camillia bushes, which always remind me of a sort of dour 50s aesthetic even though they are pretty, bloom at completely different times of the year.

The bush that produced this flower is doing its thing all by itself. The buds seem to stay on the bush all year and then sort of pop put whenever. Strange.

I know nothing about horticulture.

Go listen to Jimmy Durante’s song, Vulture for Horticulture.