It's late morning and the sun is halfway creeping out, shining on our little city backyard. This weekend we got to visit my friend Carra at her new farm plot tucked in the thick Redwoods of Bonny Doon. Her instructions to her fields involved setting the odometer to 0 so we'd know exactly when to turn (at 3.15 miles down her windy, wooded road).
After driving up a one lane, shaded drive, tucked back in the hills we found her, tending to neat rows of newly planted flower starts. Carra exudes a calm, cool strength and resilience that is really something. After catching up for a while, she left Greg and I with a berry/stonefruit tart carefully wrapped in a little stoneware crock that was missing a handle on one side. We had it for dessert that night and again for breakfast in the morning. Tart, juicy, so so good. She is an amazing cook who can do wonders with whatever produce is available to her.
On that - I've been craving cucumbers lately. Any iteration of a cucumber salad has been a welcome addition to the dinner table. Cucumbers dipped in hummus? The perfect snack. And I don't even really like hummus that much.
In a previous post I mentioned using SoapFlower lately. I wanted to show you what this looks like (pic below) and tell you a little from what I learned about it in my wildflower book.
So everyone had been calling this four o'clock grass, and it's true! This pretty, delicate flowering plant only blooms in the afternoon. Other common name - Wavyleaf Soap Plant, in the Lily Family.
Other interesting facts - the small bundles of bristly fibers surrounding their bulbs can be used to make brushes and small brooms. Soap, shampoo, and glue are made from its crushed roots. And Native Americans ate the roasted bulbs of this plant. These flowers bloom in Northern California from May-July.
Source: Wildlfowers, by Reny Parker.
And they almost look like fireworks. :) Hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July!