August is starting out on a cool note. Much of the northern hemisphere is enduring insufferable heat. We’ve turned on the heat the last few mornings to take the chill off. The sunflowers are starting to open. The trick this year will be to harvest the seeds before the birds do.
The first of the poppies are ripening. They are ready to harvest when the portals under their caps open and the pods rattle when you shake them.
The trick is to hold them upright. Tip them and their tiny seeds will tumble out. I like to use a porcelain bowl when harvesting their seeds because when I tap their pods against the side of the bowel, it’s like ringing a porcelain bell.