Monday, March 18, 2013

Old friends


I've been away for a few weeks. 

And look what I found in the garden!

Some of the calendula I planted last spring survived the winter. The first bud appeared and blossomed while I was away. It is HUGE compared to the small spindly flowers from last year.  I've never harvested the flowers before, but the more I read about what you can do with them (calendula oil!) the more I hope that there will be many more flowers to come. At the very least the edible petals can be sprinkled on salads or used in place of saffron for cooking. 

The wild arugula patch is also completely revived. I'm amazed at how these plants keep sprouting up. They grew to be large bushy masses by the fall. Over the winter they appeared to have completely dried out and died. We pulled those out a few weeks ago and a whole new batch of baby plants sprouted up seemingly over night. I've been reading up on these as well - the yellow flowers are also edible, and harvesting can be done by cutting of the leaves near the stem.

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  1. Ah calendula, my old (springtime) friend! I have been applying calendula cream on my face since the beginning of February. There's something that blooms at this time of year that gives my face a rash and caledula cream is such a relief...cooling. Your flower is beautiful, and so is your energetic looking arugula (love those bitter greens)
    Baci

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    1. Hi Janis, no fun to have a rash, but great to have some calendula relief. Want to come over for some salad :)

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  2. Yes, and I'll bring the caluzzi and bebe! (I don't know if I spelled that correctly but the first (Sicilian word or slang?) is sauted mustard greens, and the second word is a mixture of roasted peppers, garlic, diced tomatoes, olive oil)

    p.s. it's caluzzi picking time too :^)

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