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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.

46 comments:

  1. Oh Louise what a beautiful garden , I could sit out there every evening just to enjoy with a cool glass of lemonade . I can hardly wait til Sunday for the sharing of the Royal Recipes . Thanks for sharing . :)

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    1. Thank you Nee. The garden is coming along quite nicely this year considering how neglected it has been:) You are more than welcome to join us for tea. And, bring the kids!!!

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  2. I read an entire book about Tequila, but didn't know about Tequila Day. The book is "Tequila! A Natural and Cultural History" by Ana G. Valenzuela-Zapata and Gary Paul Nabhan. The book describes the taxonomy of the agave plant used in the beverage, its long history beginning in prehistoric Mexico, and the lives and traditions of the Mexican agricultural workers who plant, cultivate, and harvest the agave crop. I wrote about it here: http://maefood.blogspot.com/2012/12/tequila.html

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing that link Mae. The book sounds like one worth hunting down.

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    1. Happy Ice Cream Sandwich Day, CJ! (August 2nd:)

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  4. I never tire of looking at garden pictures or hearing garden stories. My husband is a great one for letting weeds grow to see what they look like. This worked out nicely in one instance when he ended up with a lovely Rudbekia. It didn't work out when one plant did nothing more than look ugly, produce seeds, and send them all over the yard!

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    1. I must admit, Pattie, leaving plants on their own to do what ever they like can prove to be a lot more work. I found the cutest little white daisy like flower/weed last year that I "stole" some seeds from well, they came up that's for sure, EVERYWHERE!!! Good thing they come out easy but oh my goodness:)

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  5. Oh Louise, I am imagining myself taking a slow evening stroll in your beautiful garden with sweet fragrant of flowers and cool breeze gently brushing my face. So refreshing :)

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    1. Don't imagine, Ivy, come on over! There's plenty of fresh tea:)

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  6. I just love all these pictures of your beautiful garden!

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  7. Hi Louise! What a beautiful garden you have! I wish I can have a garden like yours!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Jasline. You can stroll in the garden anytime you like:)

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  8. Well, after a productive day in the garden, a nice daiquiri is definitely in order! Enjoy, Louise!

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  9. Your flowers are lovely! It is easy to see that the menu is from the sixties!:-) The prices would be nice in today's time, though!:-)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the flowers Nellie. Yes, the prices on that menu would be more than welcome now!

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  10. Some of the timing for these national days is a bit weird. I'd have done National Tequila Day around May 5th, for example. Although maybe they figure with Cinco de Mayo most of the US is already tequila-fueled then, so they wouldn't be getting anything extra. Anyway, great looking garden! We have blooms everywhere, and tomatoes are just about ready to start picking. I think this might be my favorite garden season.

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    1. I know, John. The national day thing does get a bit confusing. Sometimes I just can't figure them out either. I think one of these days I should make up a day that actually makes sense. Until then, Happy National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! (August 2nd:)

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  11. Hi Louise,
    Your garden is simply gorgeous! I love all the different flowers! Stunning! And the video of that flying "creature" is very interesting! I must say that I have never seen it before! Maybe it belongs to one of the bee family? The other one that is at the back looks like a bee. No idea at all! Interesting though, would love to know!

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    1. It looks like Kathy solved the puzzle, Joyce. She wrote the video insect is called a Hummingbird Moth! Makes sense to me. They are everywhere in the garden this year. They are also so interesting to watch too:)

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  12. Your garden looks jumbled up close, but it's terrific when you let us see the whole thing! Of course, that's the way with just about everything, isn't it? And I'm not much of a fan of tequila, so I didn't miss your lack of celebration. Better to celebrate the flowers.

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    1. The garden looks jumbled to me any which way Marjie. I love taking close-ups of the flowers but I should make it a point to take more pictures of the entire thing so I can use them for planning next years, "mess", lol...

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  13. Marvelous flowers! Your garden is amazing.

    Unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of Tequila...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  14. I kind of like messy gardens, Louise. Yours is a beaut. And think it's a hoot you just dumped a bunch of seeds to see what came up! :)
    The video is excellent, but what the heck is that??? A deformed humingbird?

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    1. It's a Hummingbird Moth, Barbara. Thanks to the keen eye of Kathy for letting us in on the "secret."

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  15. Those are gorgeous flowers! Hope you're doing well!

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    1. Thank you Duckie, all is well in our neck of the woods:)

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  16. Your garden is glorious! I have a few fun things that appeared in my garden too, the most unusual being a couple jack in the pulpit plants.

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    1. I think the unusual weather has had lots to do with these welcome "surprises" we've been finding this year, Inger. Jack in the Pulpit plants love moisture and shade. With the exception of almost one week of sun and no rain, I can see why they would be sprouting up. I think they reseed themselves too.

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  17. I love your flowers look beautiful sometimes I miss spring here is in September!
    and love all this about tequila!
    Xo

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    1. September is also a colorful month, Gloria. One of my favorites too:)

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  18. I love tequila, so kudos on happily, successfully, distracting me with your wonderful garden. I don't think it's messy; it's a cottage garden! (Isn't cottage style more relaxed?)

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    1. I am amazed that you like Tequila, Channon. I'm not quite sure why I'm so surprised but, Cheers! And yes, a cottage garden is much more relaxed. I'll have to plant more cottage garden like flowers to make it official, lol...

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  19. Wow! Your garden looks wonderful & all those flowers are so beautiful! Love your video but not sure it was though ! My garden is kinda messy & I like to scattered seeds everywhere on my flower beds too just like you ! The problem is my hubby always thought that they were weeds when he was doing the weeding!! So no more weeding for him , well at least not on my flower beds ! LOL Looking forward for your next post on Royal cookbook! Have a lovely weekend, & bonjour to Marion ! ;)

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    1. Oh that's so funny Kit that your husband thought they were weeds. I finally asked marion the other day whether she did any weeding when I was in Idaho and she confessed she had. I think that may be the reason why I'm "missing" a few plants this year. Although, the Carnations were definitely dinner for the rabbits, lol...

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  20. Louise, Your garden is absolutely gorgeous…I kind of take the same approach to planting. I leave things grow just to see if I like it or not…sometimes a weed, sometimes a pleasant surprise!
    Your visiter is called a hummingbird moth…we have them all over our yard…they love my butterfly bush.
    I am so interested in the nicotiana…they look beautiful and I also love your spider flowers…A most lovely garden!!

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    1. Thank you so much for solving the insect video, Kathy. I had a feeling it was a hummingbird something. It looks so much like one but actually, it's a bit scarier to be close to unlike the hummingbird which doesn't frighten me in the least.

      The fragrance of the nicotiana in the evening is intoxicating. They are so easy to grow and they reseed themselves quite easily. Let me know if you would like some seeds, I have tons! I also have lots of seeds for the Spider Flowers. They seem to really awaken in the evenings. I have all kinds of colors if you want some. I'm serious Kathy, just let me know:)

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  21. Your garden is not a mess, Louise. It's beautiful. I wish I have a garden like yours to enjoy in their glory of blooms.. sigh!

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    1. My garden is your garden Jen. enjoy:)

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  22. What a pretty garden! Looking forward to reading your royal recipe posts. Good timing with the birth of Prince George. I have the "Eating Royally" cookbook by Chef Darren McGrady. It's interesting and think you and your readers might like it, too.

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    1. I have heard of that book but I haven't seen it recently. I do hope you will be sharing some recipes when things quiet down for you. Let us know if you do:)

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  23. I tried growing nicotiana, but it never did very well here. I was also going to tell you that was a hummingbird moth, but I see someone beat me to it!

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    1. Try planting the nicotiana seeds in the fall, Pam. I think they need a bit of a chill to germinate. Let us know how you do and if you need seeds, just let me know!

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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