Archive for August, 2011

August 29, 2011

Life Is Like A Bowl Of Peppers

Life Is Like A Bowl of Peppers, copyright The Allium Garden

Life Is Like A Bowl of Peppers

Lucky me, the pepper plants a friend gave me (thanks Mark!) early in the season have been producing like gangbusters!  I’m thrilled at my yield this summer and I didn’t even try hard.  I’m glad the heat wave found some useful end.

So now, what shall I do with all of these peppers?

I could:

1. Dry them for cooking (I left huge handfuls in the window of the kitchen, and just like magic…)

2. Freeze them (I’m told this is tricky, the defrosting could go horribly wrong)

3. Refrigerate them (I know this is a short term solution since my produce inevitably goes bad because I don’t usually cook the food, I just grow the food)

4. Display them (Dried peppers are easier than flowers)

I choose to display them.  Pretty things trump all, as always.

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August 27, 2011

Chamomile {For Strength And Balance}

Chamomile for Strength, copyright the Allium Garden

Chamomile for Strength

In the midst of the storm, a bit of chamomile for strength and balance. This chamomile was photographed growing wild out in Grand County, Colorado.  The flower tops of this herb have been used for thousands of years to combat anxiety and bestow a sense of calm and balance.  That was certainly the gift I was given upon gazing onto this peaceful meadow.

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August 24, 2011

The Virtues Of Another National Park Adventure

Rocky Mountain National Park, Co, The Allium Garden

Rocky Mountain National Park, Co

Do I really need to sell you on the virtues of the US National Parks?  The concept of reserving some of the most beautiful land in the country for public use and enjoyment should be reason enough.  Not to mention, it’s the best value going today for a great time. There are few things I love more in the world than gazing upon unspoiled natural wonders.  It’s no surprise we spend millions trying to recreate that feeling of awe to some degree or another in our own back yards.

The Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is a great example of awe-inspiring beauty within reach for all.  Not near Colorado?  I have good news for you, Oh Ranger has a great website that allows you to locate every federal and state public land in America..and of course there’s an app for that too.

The National Parks really are America’s gardens, you should go…