|Spencer Variety of Sweet Peas picked, and resting on the back porch before we distributed to the 'old ladies" in the neighborhood. If one is over the age of 85, Sweet Peas is like Cat Nip. I'm not sure why I love them so!|
Ok, bear with me as I bore you with more sweet pea photos. What was I thinking...exhibition sweet peas in most every color, and no place to exhibit them? I forgot that sweet peas must be picked every day, otherwise they will stop blooming, so now, the porch, bedrooms and most every table in the house, as well as the neighbors' houses are filled with fragrant sweet peas with long stems.
I promise, only one (maybe two) about this project ( because remember? the sweetpea party next weekend - if they last!) and then I will need to write a big round-up showing the step-by-step images. Why? So that next year, some of you can try growing these beauties. You know you want to.
Here in Massachusetts, we had our first heat wave of the summer, with three days over 90 deg. F. Normally, this would prove fatal to most sweet peas grown conventionally, as they dislike significant temperature shifts, and those as we have been experiencing since the week before last, fall between a 50 degree spread. Still, the plants have broken out of their funk, the buds and stopped dropping, and suddenly, Joe and I are swimming in some of the most glorious sweet peas, with one foot long stems and a fragrance that can make even a raccoon, swoon.
I'm a little busy with work presentations this week, so I will simply share these images with you.
|After Cutting early in the morning, cut sweet peas are laid out and arranged by color before being plunged into cool, fresh water to harden off.|
|These colors reminded me of black raspberry ice cream, so popular here in New England, so, I decided to make some Black Raspberry Crumble Muffins for breakfast, as Joe was still sleeping, and the ducks provided us with a few fresh eggs.|
|Inspired by the Blueberry Muffins on the blog of Jenny Steffens|
This morning, after discovering a blog written by a neighbor of mine, I became inspired to make these muffins. So much for that diet! But I had fresh eggs, fresh berries and everything else. They were easy, and although mine look less perfect than Jenny's ( look at those folds in the cup!), and, I didn't hand paint my napkin, they were still yummy. This was a warm, buttery red raspberry Muffin. I substituted Jenny's call for blueberries with some berries picked in the garden, since hey, that's what we had. I encourage you to visit her beautiful site and spend some time there. It looks like Jenny is the 'Me', of cooking and lifestyle blogs. I wonder why it has taken so long for my to discover her?
Black Raspberry Crumble Muffins ( use the recipe on Jenny Steffen's blog, and substitute black raspberries from your garden). The recipe is here. Our kitchen in not a pretty as hers, but, hey, we're dudes.