Vegetables Gone Wild

The potato plants are lush with green, on the verge of sending up their flower stalks. Rubystreaks are in bloom, their dainty yellow flowers beckoning the bees to kiss them. I first planted Rubystreaks four or five years ago. Their dark, purple leaves light a fire in your mouth. Chopping them up and adding them to a salad will make any drab salad a conversation piece.

Let them go to seed, and they will come up year after year, saving you the work of having to plant them. There are many vegetables like that. Potatoes, arugula, other mustards, kales, oregano, marjoram, chives just to mention a few, that you only need to plant once.

The fruits on the Asian pear, Nashi 梨, are about ready to be thinned and bagged. I like to leave one or two fruit per cluster. The fewer the fruit, the bigger.

Yesterday I witnessed a most curious bee and buttercup flower encounter. The bee was so enamored with what the buttercup flower had to offer, that it buzzed round and round, ripping off each petal to dig deeper into the flower. By the time it was done sucking up all the nectar the flower had to offer, all the petals were gone. Bees have been observed making nests out of flower petals, (see Busy Bees Use Flower Petals For Nest Wallpaper), but the bee I watched did not fly off with any of the petals it ripped off.

Any day that starts with watching a duck nest is a good day.

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