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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tequila On the Menu

I know I'm a bit late to the Tequila Day party but, I have a good "excuse." The garden!

It's a mess!!! The white flowers in the above picture are Nicotiana, or Flowering Tobacco. I didn't plant them in the garden. They were one of the surprises I found when I returned from Idaho in May. I'm not sure how they arrived there. Actually, I wasn't sure what they were until they started flowering. I have a very casual approach to blooms in the garden. Although I'm not too fond of weeds, I like anticipating what will grow where. And, if it happens to be a weed I like, I leave it until...it takes over! As for the Nicotiana, it isn't a native weed in Pennsylvania and the smell is intoxicating. I figured I would leave it in the garden for the time being...Today, I collected some seeds, brought some in to Marion, and pulled the rest! They were getting just a bit carried away with themselves and had to go!

Last year I dropped a bunch of seeds that I collected all over my work area. When I returned from Idaho and saw these Spider Flowers (Cleome) growing, I came {{{this close}}} to pulling them out when I suddenly remembered that I had spilled something all over the place last year.

Thing is/was, I didn't know what they were. (I'm terrific at gathering seeds, actually I love it and I have a ton, problem is, I'm simply awful about labeling them, lol...) I figured what the heck, I'll let what ever it is continue to grow and if it turns out to be a weed I don't like then I'll pull it. Sure glad I didn't, I LOVE these!

My intention for this small flower bed was to use it as an incubator for a bunch of seeds that I had labeled assorted. I literally scattered them all over the place only a few weeks ago and once again I took a cavalier approach. Grow! And indeed they are. I was going to transplant them today until I heard a small voice coming from Marion's living room window. "Cut me a few of those flowers, would you?" I did. When I brought them in for her to see, she went on to tell me how much she enjoys waiting to see what will bloom today. I let them be. I'll just collect more seeds, try to remember to label them and save them for another time. Any ol' time!

After a long day, of dead heading, pulling, weeding, mulching, watering, and mowing, I wasn't up to much else. However, I just had to take a few pictures to share.

Perhaps this is how the Nicotiana arrived in the garden. I do believe these seeds are from the Milkweed which is no where near my work area.

While I was working in the garden, this one stray Balloon Flower popped! I have a bed of Balloon Flowers on the opposite side of the garden. I took off a clipping last year and planted it just to see what would happen. Wha La!

While I was "playing" in the garden, I noticed "something" flitting around. At first I thought it was a Hummingbird. I think not. I have no idea what it is and since I just happened to have my camera with me, I figured I would try to get a video. Please be patient, this is my very first "public" video. If you know what it is, do tell:)

Okay, so I'm done jibber jabbering about the garden. Since the time has just flown by, how 'bout I just leave you with this menu from Señor Pico for Tequila Day. (yes, I collect some menus too:) This menu from 1964 comes with a history which not only involves, Rum and Tequila but a man that went by the nickname, Trader Vic. Looks like the mystery will have to wait until December when I'll be celebrating the day the "Salt of the Seas" was born.

If you don't mind, I'm going back out to the garden to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

See you Sunday when I'll be sharing some recipes from The Royal Cookbook.