Friday, April 26, 2013

From summer back to spring

I had a fabulous time in Tucson experiencing a taste of summer and exploring the desert. But it's nice to come home to springtime in Victoria. April might be our prettiest month with trees and shrubs in full colour and the tulips glowing.  Fortunately it's been sunny for the past three days so I haven't gone into complete solar withdrawal.

The camas is blooming under the oak trees and my garden is producing rhubarb and purple sprouting broccoli. The broccoli was a surprise left over from last year. It survived the winter and is sprouting like crazy.  It's delicious steamed or sauted with olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Last night it was warm enough to sit outside with friends for a bit before dinner.  One summery thing I brought back from Tucson is the Mexican oil cloth that covers the table.  It's a nice reminder of Tucson's warmth.


  1. I felt the same summer- spring transition when we came back from a few days in Las vegas. Like you, I love the spring-time and I'm glad I didn't have to miss much. Isn't it nice when our veggies overwinter? It's like a bonus from the summer. We eat chard all year-round.

  2. I think spring where you live is so beautiful so I am glad you didn't miss much.
    I am confused. I thought you couldn't eat veggies that went to seed ?

    I have always loved you little garden house, Just perfect !

    Of course the Javelinas came around the day after you came.
    I looked at my photos from last year and the Saguaros were blooming in May so you will miss that.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi Parsnip,
      These broccoli hadn't gone to seed. They overwintered and flowered in the spring. Wish you could try them; they're so good.
      We went to Sabino Canyon the day before I left and I saw the back end of a solo javelina, plus one single saguaro bloom. So my time was pretty complete.

  3. Quite a lovely spot to live in!

    After a bit of a warm up here, we got ourselves a bit of a cool down.


I really appreciate your comments.