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June 25, 2010

Mystery Squash


This squash plant has appeared, growing out from under the garden bench. Since I did not plant it, I have no idea what it is. I hope it gets fertilized so I can see the fruit and identify the plant. I wonder if it may be a wild native plant. Where it came from? I've no idea. That's Mercedes sitting up on the bench. She has no interest in the mystery squash whatsoever. Unless it turns out to be edible, of course.

June 23, 2010

A Small Natural Basket


Here is a small natural basket. It was done using the twining technique. It's got sisal cores, with sisal, jute, and wool weavers. This mini-basket will soon be for sale in my Etsy shop. I'm opening a new section in my O, Sweet Nature online shop called "Leaf Motif". It will include arts AND crafts with some connection to leaves or plants. Many things from nature's materials, as well as some botanical art prints.

June 17, 2010

A Scrap of Poetry

...the water of the ocean divides with perfect courtesy, just to let you in!  -- Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver is my favorite living poet. Her words most often touch on nature and how she experiences it. I admire her greatly.

June 12, 2010

Radish Greens

Springtime radishes are still flourishing in my garden. I have two kinds going--red round as in this drawing and long narrow red and white. Both are tasty! 
Sometimes I slice them for salads, but mostly I just like to eat them whole. And I don't waste the greens! If you eat wild edible greens, you know that the greens from radishes and beets are fantastic as cooked greens plus much easier to collect since they are there in the garden.  The greens are picked along with the root.
In my gardens past, it always seemed a waste to eat just the root crops of radishes and beets. So now I have them as greens early in the season and then cook them into curries later in the season. Too bad the potato vines aren't edible. THAT would be a bounteous crop. Potato and tomato vines are toxic, I believe. So no nibbling there!
This is a pen and ink rendering of a Raphanus sativus.

June 11, 2010

Oxalis stricta


This is a field sketch of the common yellow sorrel. It grows freely in waste areas or disturbed areas. There's only a small patch here so I'm gonna let it grow and hope it spreads itself further. Sorrel leaves make a nice addition to salads, a bit of a spicy flavor. It's a quick pencil sketch with watercolor added.

June 9, 2010

Edible Wild Greens

Time for spring tonics and wild greens. I've been eating from the bounty of my yard, aka weedpatch. So far, I've had lamb's quarters as cooked greens, purslane in my salad, and dandelion greens as both cooked greens and salad. Free food! Who could ask for more from nature? Okay, maybe I could ask for honey, but that would require the cooperation of bees and I don't have a hive, anyway. I do have lettuce and radishes in my garden. Soon the beets will be ready. Gotta wait a while for beans and tomatoes. So much to look forward to!