A Garden Surprise and a New Garden Hero

I was waiting for these currants to turn red, the way you do when you’re growing red currants.  They have stayed this pretty blush color for a long time.  Now some of the berries are shriveling up like raisins.  This was a clue to me that these fruits were not going to turn red.  I had this flash of memory back to the time I was agonizing (in the most enjoyable way) over which currant varieties to buy.  I couldn’t help but be attracted to the champagne currants for their ethereal paleness.  I was completely blinded by the romance of them.  In the end I decided that they probably wouldn’t taste as good as the red ones.  I tend not to like pale versions of food.  Except for cauliflower.  I don’t like white eggplants, white asparagus, or wax beans (pale yellow).  So I ordered the red ones.  I ordered three plants.  One died.  I finally planted the two surviving ones and this year (the first time in three years) it produced a few clusters.

So here we are today with two champagne currants.  Isn’t it strange how sometimes what we want comes to us even when we decide we really don’t want it?  I’m going to cut these today and see if they taste good.  They may not because they’re quite old at this point.  Still, I’m not sorry that the universe handed me my fanciful plant wishes – just look how the blushed berries are illuminated by the sun?

If we get to keep the house then I’ll plant a couple of red currants as well.

I have a link to share that I saw on my friend Ann’s blog Thoughtherder which you should check out just to read about her adventures in not using shampoo.  She posted this video of Ruth Stout and I am so charmed by this lady!  You really must watch this film of a wonderful gardener named Ruth Stout.

Thank you for sharing that, Ann!

I have another link to share with you.  If you do any foraging for wild food you will be amused and you will feel yourself in excellent company: Stalking Boletus Edulis – Or How Mushrooms Caused Me to Engage in All Seven Deadly Sins

I still haven’t foraged for any mushrooms but this only serves to wet my appetite for hunting mushrooms.

We got our first real harvest of tomatoes yesterday and they are so good!  Especially the Black Krim which is one of my very favorite tomatoes of all time.  This weekend I canned dilled beans/carrots/zucchini.  7 quarts.  Yesterday I canned 11 jars of blackberry jam and have a discussion I want to start about reaching gelling points with other canners.  Next up, hopefully this weekend, my mom and I will try to get a box or two of pickling cucumbers from Sauvie Island to make my garlic dill pickles.  We’re out and it’s devastating!

What’s going on in your kitchens and gardens this week?

9 thoughts on “A Garden Surprise and a New Garden Hero

  1. angelina Post author

    I’ve been meaning to do that for a while now. Your site actually sends quite a bit of traffic to me so even though I have you in my blogroll I thought I should mention you in a post. The Ruth Stout video gave me the perfect opportunity. LOVE that lady!!

  2. angelina Post author

    But you know what’s really funny? The referrals I get from your site are to better than bullets! I should put your link into that blogroll too. I separated my links so that the ones on btb are all personal and writer’s blogs with some parenting in there- but I specifically put all my homesteading and gardening and cooking friends on stitchandboots. Some I think should cross over. I’m still figuring all that out.

  3. Ann

    I had no idea about the traffic thingy. I just write my blog for myself, really. I’m doing so and so, or this and thus, so that I remember and wonder at it. My man tells me it has lots of interesting stuff on it, but I never think of it. Sometimes, I follow what somebody else was viewing and am like “Did I write that? Weird.” So, I added stitch and boots so you are well represented, as you deserve.

  4. Mindy

    I’m with you, for the beauty alone, these currants are a gift! I wish they grew here. They look like miniature Japanese lanterns.

    Thanks for the link, I’ll be interested in reading Anne’s blog. I’ve been trying the No Poo thing myself, and am surprisingly pleased with the results.

    So far this week I’ve picked okra, and peppers from our patch and scuppernongs, muscadines, and other grape varieties at a friend’s arbor. I’ve canned grape juice two different ways and put up several 1/2 pints of pear/pepper jelly.

    I have only found your site recently and have enjoyed looking around and getting inspired.

  5. angelina Post author

    Thanks for commenting! I have never tried okra. I might have but I ended up marrying a man with Louisiana roots who hates okra in every possible form or dish. So I’ve never really been inspired to try it for myself. I love the word scuppernongs- I’ve never tried those either. I love pepper jelly but have never heard of it with pear. Sounds interesting! It’s really great that you had enough of your own peppers for the pepper jelly.

    I am interested in Anne’s version of doing no shampoo but haven’t tried it yet. I’ve been reading her hair adventures with great interest.

  6. Karmyn Rk

    I have some native currents in my garden- they are absolutely beautiful when they bloom but when the fruit is ripe – not so great to eat. I’ve made jam with them (mixing them with blueberries). I didn’t need any extra pectin, which was nice. So – I’m kind of mixed about them. I figure what we don’t eat – the birds will have the rest, especially since they are native.

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