We went to Plant City today for the strawberries again. Those Florida strawberries were picked when they were ripe, they are tasteful and very sweet.
Bought another two flats this time. We ate as much as we can then frozen the most of them for later making smoothies. The one in hand was a supersize one, I had never seen a strawberry that big!
The second year of our asparagus plants, hopefully we will be able to harvest those delicious shots next year.
Clockwise: Lemons from our 5 years old lemon tree, Lemon tree, Collard greens, Seeds formed on Asparagus plants.
Unexpectedly witnessed its bloom peek, how gorgeous and impressive! Like any life itself, born, grow, bloom to its peak, then fade away in ephemeral.
Harvested a huge broccoli head from our garden. We planted total 6 broccoli plants in last Winter, all of them came out as large as this one in Alan’s hand. But it’s the last season of them, from now on, the weather gets warmer and warmer, too hot for broccoli plant. We will have to plant something else.
I am surprised by how well the Sage plant grows in our garden. The plant is very hardy, tolerates the heat and cold, evergreen all year round. I use its leaves in lots of cooking dishes, mostly with pork, rabbit and chicken.
I planted a couple of Pandora Vine in our front yard in 2006. Didn’t hope too much. Before that.. I planted all kinds of flower plants there, they were all short lived. Florida weather is tough on them… extremely hot in the Summer, below 30F in the Winter (even just for a couple of days).
But to our surprises, those pink Pandora Vines adopts here very well. They keep growing, one of the plants covers our mailbox tightly, I even have to keep trimming it back. They bloom 3 times a year, other time.. still look pretty with its rich green leaves.
Later, they produced seeds packed in finger length seed pods. I took some of the seeds out and germinated them at home. In this picture, is the very first germinated shoot.
The adult Pandora Vine at our mailbox. The Pandora Vine is also called Pandorea jasminoides, originally from Australia.
Cilantro always short lived in our vegetable garden. The weather was either too hot or too cold for them, they soon started to flowering then seeded. I replaced Cilantro two times a year, only got a little useful leaves out of them, not worth to grow while I can buy a bunch fresh leaves from stores for under a dollar.
But its flowers are unique… tiny little thing, if you look close enough.. they are quite pretty.