There is nothing quite like stepping out into the early morning of a sunny day. Everything glitters as though it were coated in diamonds, and the plants look so fresh and thirsty for the day to begin. Just as after a heavy snowstorm the shapes of the plants are exaggerated, so are they on a summer morning, when the shadows are deep enough to fall into and their texture stands out in sharp relief. Here are some images from one such morning in our garden...
I have decided that if the vegetables were to have a beauty contest, eggplant would win.
Dew on the Spinach
The rosy blush of French Breakfast Radishes
Chicory standing at attention
Red cabbage seedlings
Your source for little known herbs! This is Red Shiso, a cinnamon and clove-flavored herb often found in sushi
Rue, the "herb of grace"
Valerian, the herbal medicine chest
White Sage, a plant that grows wild in California and is tied up into smudge sticks
These cute succulents make great patio and houseplants
This year we have some really beautiful perennials, like hibiscus, featuring dinner plate-sized flowers
'Hot Papaya' Echinacea
'Strawberry Flair' Iris
'Banana Cream' Shasta Daisy
'Raspberry Regal' Coral Bells
And Eric built us this beautiful shade structure to house them in!
Here he is putting on the finishing touches: a slatted roof!
One of our insect friends sampling the Saponaria and Korean Lilac