It's so hot outside that my plant needs a parasol to protect it from the midday sun. A Moonflower Vine, which will bloom in August and sweetly perfume the night air with its large pristine white blooms, is wilting when the sun is overhead. Viola, these umbrellas do the trick!
Not to be outdone by the hot summer, I decided to do a little bit on counter top gardening. Below is mint, which will root in a few days, and on the right, a piece of fresh ginger, which I'll place in a pot of soil later.
Here's an idea I found on Pinterest. Place green onions in water. You can almost see the green tops grow daily. You'll always have a supply of green onion tops for your recipes or salads. Change the water ever few days.
A new vegetable (for me): Fennel, a crunchy and slightly sweet vegetable most often associated with Mediterranean cuisine. I prepared the bulb last night as a side dish for fish. A simple dish to prepare, just cut cut the bulb in eighths, sprinkle on salt and pepper and drizzle on olive oil. Bake 20 minutes at 350 F. It has a taste slightly reminiscent of anise, or licorice.
For today's lunch, I added the feathery fronds to my salad. (Lettuce, arugula, tomato, carrot, bits of leftover fish, black olives, celery, pineapple, radish, roasted red peppers, croutons and shallot vinaigrette dressing). This salad was way too large; I just got too carried away adding everything I could find in the refrigerator!
Happiness if having a bowl of fresh vegetables on the kitchen counter. Besides, they are so pretty!
And finally a few photos of the full moon on July 2.
What small things of life make you happy?