Salad from my (our) garden!

This is what I had for supper tonight!  It was the second salad from the….our…garden!  In the past, I’ve usually gardened alone.  I like to disappear into the garden for “me time”.  It’s my gift to myself.  After the ISU Student Organic Farm moved north of Ames, I thought I would never garden again, but this year, a friend of Steven’s asked me if  I wanted to join their garden.  He had gardened alone too, not been as successful as he had hoped, so this year, it’s going to be a community effort.  🙂  After working for several hours  at the garden today, I filled my McDonald’s iced tea cup with some mesclun mix, a few spinach leaves, some sweet basil and lemon basil, and 3 sprigs of parsley.  It didn’t look like much in the cup, but on my plate it was beautiful…and delicious!  I dressed it with olive oil, lime juice and garlic salt.

Rain Garden 2011

I know I’ve posted before about this rain garden that grows next to the Ames Public Library (update 2018:this area is gone now, part of the new library addition), but this year it seemed even more beautiful to me.

It’s been HOT here, in the 90’s, heat indexes around 110-115, but this garden still looks so cool, deep, rich, diverse.  As I stepped out of my car to get some close ups, I heard something rustling in the foliage.  Could have been a rabbit, maybe a bird or a mouse, but the environment was so deep and lush, it remained well hidden from me, and probably quite cool.  I wish there were more spaces around town that were planted like this!

Ames Iowa Public Library Rain Garden

 

Brown and Purple Flower Combination

I saw this combination at WalMart a while back.  I think I kinda like it!

Then when I drove by my old apartment complex, I saw that the famous Westbrook Terrace balcony gardener liked this look too!

   I thought about trying to incorporate this ornamental millet from WalMart on my own balcony, but haven’t gotten it done yet.