It was a very long May day at the garden - Gordon and I left at 8 pm (he was painstakingly cutting up all his prunings to fit in the trash can). But it was worth staying late because I had the most splendid visitors!
A mother and her two young children wandered into the garden, probably the children leading. They were very spirited and sweet - a fine combination. The boy declared -"Are there vegetables here? I like vegetables!" Of course I was delighted. So, the children got a tour and taste of almost everything. I also gave a stern warning that they were never to eat anything unless it was given to them by a teacher (maybe that's not the best advice) or their mother - because some things are not safe to eat. "You mean they're poisonous?" he asked. Yes! I said, and showed them the flowering pea, and showed them how to see the difference between them and edible peas. I hope they remember.
The boy asked such good questions, and both were a real delight with their enthusiasm and good cheer and open nature. I spoke to the mother, who is from Guatemala, in Spanish when I realized she wasn't catching everything - and she immediately relaxed and began to ask questions. She was interested in the compost. All three were interested in the Pigeon pea.
His first taste of loquat. "A little sweet, like an apricot, but also a little sour like lemon". He liked the sour.
A young couple wandered in at almost the same time. She had been in the garden before, and was drawn to it because she was delighted in and taken a course about California native plants. But she also loved vegetables. So they also got tastes and surprises in the garden. The two groups were totally unrelated - wandered in on their own - and live within 2-3 blocks away.
I was so happy!
Angelina holding a Savoy cabbage, gifted by Mr. Forte.
It was so tasty - sweet and really flavorful. Cut into ribbons, put into boiling water for 2 minutes. Drained, then pan-fried with onions and garlic for a few minutes.