May 27th, 2018

blackhat

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I can see six small black walnuts in reach to be preserved as green walnut liqueur. And this morning, i saw apples in the tree next to the sidewalk. Three clustered together: i think the advice is to thin by removing two so the third can grow more easily. Surely, there's something to be done with little green apples? Probably pour vodka over them, too, and let them steep an age. Hmm, maybe just throw them in with the six walnuts.

In other food news, i brought back crabcakes from Maryland. The TSA apparently lets ice packs on the plane if they are still frozen. Last night's dinner was on a bed of romaine, including from the garden, with cubes of fresh mozzarella and kalamata olives. Two slices of Italian bread were dressed with balsamic vinegar, then topped with fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, tomato, and a borage blossom. In the center, broiled Maryland crabcake.

Maryland crabcake is more like a scoop of slightly dressed crab with a tiny bit of saltines than any crabcake i've ever met before. Four crabcakes were over $50, but the two meals with them have been delicious. Oh my -- to have four shipped is $150.

I walked Carrie around the tenure track last night Collapse )

Everything is so lush. The lawn, that weeks ago seemed a riot of various spring blooming "weeds" looks like a lush manicured lawn. There are actually "weed" grasses mixed in, but mown it's a lovely green carpet. Blackberry fruits have set and are tiny green buttons, but mulberries are ripening in overhanging trees. I nibbled on a few, the first mild and sweet, another insipid. I think Carrie tried one from the ground. I look forward to planting mulberries in the orchard.

Yesterday's yard work was haphazard in the sense that half way doing one thing, i'd need to stop and do another before moving on. Collapse )

Other observations:

* sometime around the 20th i saw three swallows over the yard at dusk -- i don't remember seeing them before.
* tiniest box turtle in the driveway on the 24th
* the self seeded Hungarian blue breadseed poppies have almost finished blooming. I'm keeping an eye on those seed heads to collect them before birds and bugs do. (Other poppies haven't started yet.)
* saw my first day lily blooming roadside on the 26th
* almost time to harvest cover-crop radish/mustard/turnip/whatever seeds from the meadow
* the patch of daisy fleabane blooming in the glade is almost done; near the first copse and the elm at the SE corner of the house, fleabane is just beginning to bloom.
* catnip continues to grow three foot long stalks
* i picked the carrot that sprouted last fall: the outside layers had split from the core of the root. Dry weather then wet?
* cut-leaf coreopsis and borage were blooming when i got back from Baltimore (24 May)
* pitcher plant has two glorious new pitcher heads
* one of the three groundnuts (Apios americana have sprouted
* planted the sunchokes my sister gave me near the black walnut in the western flower bed
* more poppies have sprouted
* no sign of marigolds anywhere
* zinnas sprouted in the hugelkultur
* i only see wormwood sprouts in the south row of the south square now.
* Egyptian walking onion tops -- the little topsets -- are nice to cook with.