Posts Tagged ‘Hollyhocks’

Garden Update ~ Sunflowers, Sun Oven Brownies, and Sunny, Oh, My!

OK, let’s get this out of the way first: despite all the lovely photos I’m about to share, the coolest thing to come out of the yard this past week was … Sun Oven brownies! Gluten-free vegan, moist, filled with chia and black bean goodness, melt in your mouth delicious Sun Oven brownies, to be more specific.

sun oven brownies

Even better? I made them for our friend Sunny’s (of Sunny’s Korean Restaurant in Mishawaka) Fourth of July potluck, which was an amazing mix of people Sunny has met over the years, mostly through her restaurant. We love her, and apparently, a ton of other people feel exactly the same way. She has possibly moved more concrete and rocks by herself than I have in order to create a backyard garden sanctuary, but she’s got chickens, so she wins the prize. Or at least some eggs. 🙂 Anyway, we had a great time, and the brownies were a hit. They tasted way better than when I baked them indoors for the Faery Workshop. Note to self: the Sun Oven makes everything better!

Speaking of sun, today, our first sunflower of the year opened:

It's a little guy, only 2.5 feet tall right now.

It’s a little guy, only 2.5 feet tall right now.

Things are blooming like crazy:

coneflowers, liatris, cardoon, and yarrow

coneflowers, liatris, cardoon, and yarrow

Carrots gone wild. The level of “good bug” activity in this bed alone is off the charts. It’s like mini-Manhattan for umbrel lovers.

borage and black eyed Susans next to the elecampane I needed to tie to a trellis because it kept flopping its six foot tall self over the Susan's

borage and black eyed Susans next to the elecampane I needed to tie to a trellis because it kept flopping its six foot tall self over the Susan’s

hollyhocks and lilies still going strong

hollyhocks and lilies still going strong

zinnias started flowering last week, but the red ones just came out -- shown here rhubarb, parsley, tomato, collards and calendula

zinnias started flowering last week, but the red ones just came out — shown here rhubarb, parsley, tomato, collards and calendula

another zinnia getting cozy with kale, nastrutiums, borage, bell peppers, beets and basil

another zinnia getting cozy with kale, nastrutiums, borage, bell peppers, beets and basil

brassicas loving the bed now almost cleared of the earlier pea and fava bean cover crop

brassicas loving the bed now almost cleared of the earlier pea and fava bean cover crop

cukes going up AND down the trellis

cukes going up AND down the trellis

our first cucumber from a few days ago, pictured with lacinato kale, cilantro and peas. peas, peas, peas ... tasty, but tedious!

our first cucumber from a few days ago, pictured with lacinato kale, cilantro and peas. peas, peas, peas … tasty, but tedious!

potatoes still looking good in their bags -- one of this year's experiments

potatoes still looking good in their bags — one of this year’s experiments

south side of that same trellis

south side of that same trellis

basil, peppermint, and soaker hoses, because it finally stopped raining long enough to need to install such things

basil, peppermint, and soaker hoses, because it finally stopped raining long enough to need to install such things

fairy tale pumpkin going gangbusters

fairy tale pumpkin going gangbusters

Nasturtiums, malabar spinach and cushaw squash race to the trellis. Who will win?! Looks like the cushaw's bowing over and out (of the bed)

Nasturtiums, malabar spinach and cushaw squash race to the trellis. Who will win?! Looks like the cushaw’s bowing over and out (of the bed)

The front yard's so lush now. This view's from the driveway.

The front yard’s so lush now. This view’s from the driveway.

Stay tuned for a very exciting announcement regarding the blue house. More to come after my PA trip.

Cheers and happy harvesting!

Garden Update ~ Hollyhocks, Milkweed Angel, Shrooms and Blooms

Hollyhocks behind dianthus, alpine strawberries, garlic, Asian lilies, some kind of perennial daisy, comfrey, lupine, and a hopefully soon to be acquired and planted rosa rugosa alba.

Hollyhocks behind dianthus, alpine strawberries, garlic, Asian lilies, some kind of perennial daisy, comfrey, lupine, and a hopefully soon to be acquired and planted rosa rugosa alba.

Black hollyhocks grown from seed last year. These are the truest black flowers I've ever seen!

Black hollyhocks grown from seed last year. These are the truest black flowers I’ve ever seen!

Volunteer milkweed with its own angel and butterfly friendly cilantro and calendula

Volunteer milkweed with its own angel and butterfly friendly cilantro and calendula

Gnomes willing, we'll have some shitake mushrooms in 6-14 months covering these logs in their home by nettles, apple mint and wild violets.

Gnomes willing, we’ll have some shitake mushrooms in 6-14 months covering these logs in their home by nettles, apple mint and wild violets.

Garden Tower a week ago after heavy harvesting.

Garden Tower a week ago after heavy harvesting.

Garden tower with a bit of a backyard view

Garden tower with a bit of a backyard view

Black lace elderberry had a few blooms this year.

Black lace elderberry had a few blooms this year.

The beginnings of one of three zepherine (shade tolerant and climbing) pink roses, along with a petunia like annual from the farmer's market.

The beginnings of one of three zepherine (shade tolerant and climbing) pink roses, along with a petunia like annual from the farmer’s market.

Lacinato kale and friends

Lacinato kale and friends

Backyard and side yard view with good bugs friendly mix

Backyard and side yard view with good bugs friendly mix

This bed is just getting started for the season.

This bed is just getting started for the season.

Cottage garden up front with space for the veggie crops to fill in as they grow.

Cottage garden up front with space for the veggie crops to fill in as they grow.

Potatoes in bags experiment.

Potatoes in bags experiment.

Milkweed with sedum ground cover filling in, cardoon, blueberries, irises, yarrow, prunella, liatris, and purple coneflower getting ready to bloom.

Milkweed with sedum ground cover filling in, cardoon, blueberries, irises, yarrow, prunella, liatris, and purple coneflower getting ready to bloom.