Gifts from the Garden

April 22, 2010

One of the nicest things about being a gardener is the little surprise gifts the garden gives you every now and then.

If you’re in too much of a hurry you may miss them from time to time, but in most casesthey will last a while and still be there when you slow down enough to notice.

Fortunately, this was the case with a surprise that I just noticed yesterday.

Let me explain:
If you join me on a regular basis you know that I love lettuce!  I am happy to report that I have been harvesting a big bowl every day for the last (almost) 4 weeks.

Every morning when I harvest the lettuce I hungrily check the onions.  I had hoped to have scallions by now for our salads but they are still a little small to pull.

Recently I have paid many visits to my flower border directly to the right of our back door. My white lilac is there along with mums, hellebores, and daylilies. Just to the left of that area before more daylilies and ornamental grasses begin, is a space of about 3 feet.

Many times last year from June thru December I  threw onions there that had hard necks or looked not suitable for use in the kitchen.

In my visits to that border this spring, I had focused on everything but my “gift from the garden” ——-a gorgeous 4 in 1 scallion with beautiful green leaves as well as lots of onion part.

I could hardly believe that I had passed it so many times without seeing it!

I am hoping that my next gift from the garden will be two potatoes that I may have missed last year in the garden, perfectly preserved and just the right size for a meal.

I wish you lot of gifts from YOUR garden!

Picture #1 – Onion is to the left of the mum and there is another to the far left.

Picture #2 – Below is the overview so you can maybe get the idea of how I missed it.  I had been focusing on everything but the onion.

Picture #3 – To show you how they were growing together.

Picture #4 – Almost ready to chop for my salad. Yummmmm-


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