...Growing, Building, Cooking, Preserving, Crafting...

2006 began our urban homestead when I broke ground on a garden, which now includes perennial fruits, flowers, & many vegetable varieties. We dream of solar panels, keeping bees and hens. Until then we'll continue growing and preserving our own fruits and vegetables, building what we can for our home, cooking from scratch, and crafting most days.


Flowering Plants

Last night after making our customary lap around the South Shore Frolics Festival here in our neighborhood, we sat out in the yard, drank wine/beer, watched the fireflies by citronella candle, and enjoyed our garden--including what's left of the twinkle lights on the cherry tree (the chipmunks and squirrels have literally been chewing through the wires and removing individual bulbs!)  I realized how many vegetables and herbs--and the occasional perennial I've allowed to stay in the backyard--are flowering.  Beautiful, delicate flowers indicate that their fruits are not far behind. (Pardon the graininess of these photos, it was dusk.)

Orange Butterfly weed (native, non-edible)
Lima Beans
German Chamomile 
French Lavender
Thai Basil
Broccoli Raab (gone to seed)
Bush Pickling Cucumbers
Cilantro (gone to seed)
Dill (just in time to make dilly beans)
Orange Nasturtiums
"Sherbet" Nasturtiums
Yellow Nasturtiums
The amazing underside of the Nasturtium (can you tell I'm obsessed w/ the beauty of this flower!)
Summer Sugar Snap Peas
Evening Primrose (non-edible)
Scarlet Runner Beans (to eat fresh and/or shell and dry)
And though it's not a flower--a lovely new grape leaf

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