Monthly Archives: April 2009

Color, more Sweet Peas, Scent

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These tulips are HUGE!  And very open.  All of these flowers were a gift from my former employer at Bloomie’s up the street at Market Hall.  She said she bought the sweet peas just for their scent, because these bunches were especially fragrant.  They are so amazing!  So often you can barely smell the sweet peas that come out of florists, but not these; I feel like I’m smelling sweet peas for the first time!  

When I got them home I left each flower grouped in the bunch it came in because I love the strong color blocks–and I showed off the deep green of the smooth leaves and stems of the tulip with a tall clear mason jar.  

The scent revelation that these sweet peas sent me on led me to realize that the Soy Face Cream by Fresh that I sampled from Sephora (and couldn’t stomach the $42 for 1 oz.) and have been scraping from the bottom of my sample actually smells literally of sweet peas.  Sorry Fresh I don’t know where you got that soy scent, smells like sweet peas to me, but either way I’ll take it!  I might actually have to throw down the $42.  It’s just that good.

soyActual size of sample container.  Note emptiness.

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Roses, ranunculus, flowering sage, unknown branches (wegnia?)

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Warmest Day of 2009 in Rockridge so far!

gardening1Strong midday sun upper left, dappled sun and wisteria blossoms on the deck, a new terra cotta pot and seeds

seedsSeeds: (clockwise from upper left) Black Watchman Old Fashioned Hollyhocks, Love in a Mist Mulberry Rose Nigella, Heirloom Pepperbox Poppy, Scented Nicotiana Jasmine Alata, and Parisian Pink French Larkspur

And a song for all of you:

Oh Happy Day sung by the Oh Happy Day Spirituals from their album the Oh Happy Day Spirituals!

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sweetpeasFrom Soother1978’s visit to NYC’s Union Square Farmers Market

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The Chef Apprentice

Color me jealous.

Stuart Leavenworth of the Sacramento Bee wormed his way into Oliveto’s kitchen and is now keeping a blog about it.  Nice work if you can get it!  He even got a Paul Canales-issued bandana!  

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Oliveto’s Tomato Watch

The people of Oliveto keep food close to their hearts–and therefore their producers even closer.  Right now, and for the next few months, Oliveto’s Community Journal is conducting a “Tomato Watch.”  OCJ will document as these tomato seedlings become sprouts and sprouts become vines, until the sweet fruit hits our plates at Oliveto’s famous annual Tomato Dinner series in late summer (August 26-29 2009).  The whole process is being documented on video at OCJ in a documentary style akin to a mini-series, with new video being shot and released in real time on the site as the tomatoes grow.  Of huge consequence this year is water, or lack thereof due to drought.  

Visit OCJ here to watch as farmers from Watsonville to Capay Valley brave the elements in hopes of the sweetest, tartest red globes around.  

Click here to visit Oliveto Community Journal

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