The House Salad

I had the pleasure of a visit from my dear friend Adrienne this week and the title of this post is courtesy of her.  We enjoyed several meals from vegetables and greens (and strawberries) grown just steps from the kitchen.  How apropos that when Adrienne dipped her fork into the mixed green salad with arugula, spinach, mizuna, mache, baby carrots and a handful of fresh herbs, she exclaimed: "This really is the "house salad""  Touche.  Here's a photo log of what's growing (and being harvested).

The Joy of Spinach

We returned home from a long journey back from Europe to a sight that had me dancing around the garden: baby spinach. We’ve had a very wet and not terribly warm Spring in the Pacific Northwest so I feared the worst for my first foray in the garden.  But alas, I returned home last night to all sorts of new budding and greenery.  On a quick survey of the property I noted the newly green leaves on the Japanese Maple by the entrance, full buds covering the Wisteria wrapped around the porch, hummingbirds buzzing by the nearly ready to bloom Honeysuckle, and a comforting burst of life in the cherry pink Azaleas I had transplanted to a new location before leaving.