Just about everything that’s blooming in my garden now is a volunteer. I planted nasturtiums about three years ago and they’ve been coming back ever since. The colors now get more mottled and interesting. We put the blossoms in salads. The deer leave them alone. Go figure.
It was very windy on Tuesday, gale force all day and well into the night. DH wanted to investigate how the waters looked in Dungeness Bay, which as some sheltering influences. This shot can illustrate what he saw. Close in, where the water is less disturbed, is the bay. The line of land in the middle distance is Cline Spit, an important force in providing shelter to the bay. Further out is a thin strip of land. That’s the Dungeness Spit, another moderating influence. Beyond that, where you can see breaking waves and very choppy water, is the Strait of Juan de Fuca where anyone in their right mind would not have wanted to be.
I don’t exaggerate when I say it was windy. We lost a large piece of our plum tree to gusts. As you can see, it wasn’t as healthy as we might have thought and it was in need of a good pruning. But it takes some strong wind to tear apart a tree like that.
Spring is a great time to take on projects that we’ve planned over the winter, such as our new deck. But spring hasn’t been very cooperative. In addition to the seemingly endless wind and rain, thunder and lightning was added to the mix Thursday evening.
The neighborhood deer are accompanied by little spotted fawns in summer. We try to harden our hearts to them — they are, after all, landscape eating machines. But they’re cute and this trio has ranged around our yard a lot. So one day when Mom and only one fawn grazed across our land we mourned the missing fawn, sadder than we’d expected. Several days later, the trio reappeared. Multiple family units, apparently.
Then this young buck showed up, confident and a little cocky. The two Pomeranian dogs next door were apoplectic. He was unfazed.
He came back later with a younger buddy.
Lots of deer also graze at the Dungeness Recreation Area. This time of year the grass is high enough that sometimes ears are the biggest clue they’re there.
This month’s City Daily Photo theme challenge is “shadow and highlight.” I’ve given peonies from my garden a starring role. Their ruffled petals are animated with an interplay of light.
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Have you ever eaten delicata squash? No? If you haven’t you’re missing a treat. These aren’t like your typical big, pulpy squashes that rely on other ingredients to taste good. These guys have “yum” down solid. They have earned a revered place in my garden and I look forward to them every year. (These were at Sunny Farms. I’ve eaten most of my 2015 crop.)
Cut them in half lengthwise and scrape out the pulp and seeds. Then cut them into inch thick half rounds. Toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread them evenly on a roasting pan in a preheated oven at 425 degrees. Roast for about 20 minutes, then flip them over for another 15-20 minutes. The naturally sweet squash carmelizes beautifully and the skin is completely edible.
My nasturtiums have been going great gangbusters this year. They started early. By mid-summer they looked like they’d had it for the year. Now they’re back again, even more glorious than before.
Some of the volunteers have stripes and are different shades than the originals. The plants have reseeded and come back on their own.