Last fall a friend gave me a Pink Radiance peony.i?? I planted it in the sunniest bed in my garden.i?? Today I picked the first bloom, a lovely double pink with just enough fragrance to entice me to bury my nose in it.i?? This is the first peony to bloom in my garden since I moved here in 1982.i?? I planted some others elsewhere but peonies require full sun, I've learned.i??
I grew Shungiku for the first time this year, an edible chrysanthemum.i?? Unfortunately it tastes too strong for me.i?? Although the daylight is slowly receding, the days are still warm and growth of many plants can be mind-boggling.i?? Those Shungiku in partial sun are four inches tall.i?? Those in a sunny spot are three feet tall, shading my tomatoes, and just starting to form flower heads.i?? I cut the tallest to fill in my peony bouquet.i?? I won't likely grow Shungiku again.
We're enjoying chard and kale, cooked with garlic and tomato sauce as a side dish.i?? I chopped some kale into spaghetti sauce and baked an eggplant casserole - yum!i?? The cilantro is doing well, and added flavor the potato salad I made with my friend Cindy's Matanuska Valley potatoes (last year's potatoes still good).