There’s a lot going on in the yard, but it isn’t all edible. These flowers are wonderfully huge, and if you get close enough to try to smell them, the red pollen from the anthers gets all over your face. The flowers come in orange,
and in a purpley-pink that we didn’t get a picture of. Some of the floral action, though, is edible, like the flowers on this dill:
It would be really great if the cucumbers were ready now, but they aren’t even close. I am going to have to hope that some of the dill that is further behind in its development will hang back long enough for me to use it in pickles with the cucumbers.
Also making good progress right now are the peppers. The next picture down shows the Czech Black, the peppers that I am growing as a jalepeno substitute. According to the information I read, these are supposed to have good, jalepeno-like flavor but also have a bit less heat.
It isn’t that I’m a total pepper wimp, and Joe grew up in South Texas so he can eat some pretty hot peppers, but last year’s jalepenos were too spicy to even think about eating. That wasn’t the first year that our jalepenos have been blazingly hot, so I am trying these in the hope that we can actually eat all the peppers we grow.
Another crop coming along nicely is thezucchini. We never get the huge crops that people complain about up north, but it looks as though we will get enough for several meals before the squash vine borers kill the plants.
While we were out in the yard, one of the neighborhood kids from the group of friends we refer to as the “little rascals” saw the camera and wanted to try it out. Joe showed him how to use it, and he did such a great job taking a picture of us that I am posting the result: