The other day at the farm, they discovered a monstrously large zucchini (3.75 lbs if I remember) that had gotten looked over during previous harvests. They weren’t going to sell it, so I — given that I had just made some zucchini bread the other day, and had been relieved to get rid of that batch of zucchini, and was already kind of sick of zucchini bread — decided the wisest thing to do would be to take the nearly four pounds of zucchini. So this morning I made zucchini muffins. (I thought I’d really take a walk on the wild side after zucchini bread.) I also made this zucchini and corn recipe which is meant to serve as a low-sodium alternative to salsa or a low-fat one to guac. It’s not that I’m genuinely worried about finding replacements for those things (I’m probably more likely to actively search for delicious fatty and sodium-laden recipes than to actively avoid them); I just thought the recipe might be good. I’m eating it right now, as a matter of fact. The verdict is…I like it! I would just be more generous with the lime and cilantro.
After the photographic evidence of these dishes, I have a few pictures of the gardens as a whole. Not the isolated chunks I’m more inclined to parcel out to you as close-ups and macros. No, the gardens are looking quite spiffy these days, in my opinion, and I thought they warranted more context right now.
1. The muffins
2. The zucchini-corn-red onion-cilantro-lime dip, fresh off the stove and bound for the fridge
3. The view of the largest chunk of the back garden, with a little path leading to the ravine down into the woods under that trellis
4. A bare patch by the bird path was sown with some veggie seeds I thought I might have enough time for. In the front are Chinese lanterns and some kind of mint and two grasses, one of which I think might be little bluestem. Two kinds of clematis on the trellis, three colors of daylilies around the area. Snow on the mountain in the very front as well as sedum.
5. Echinacea, goldenrod, bachelor button, and bishop’s weed
6. The view of the garden from the north side, with a little bit of the vegetable garden back by the shop
7. Does the north side of the house ever get any love? No. It’s just hostas and an astilbe hemmed in by ugly landscaping rocks (currently disappearing under a carpeting weed that is actually more attractive than what’s underneath). But when everything is in bloom and the sun is doing down, this area is quite lovely too.
8. A view west through the pines on the north side of the house.
9. And it should be noted — today is the first day any of our bachelor buttons bloomed.