Friday, June 5, 2015

June so soon?

Welcome back to another episode of Lost In The Farmer’s market. This is the first episode of the summer season where it actually is acting like summer should. We ended a week or two of virtually no precipitation with rising temperatures and humidity. Fortunately we had at least 1.5” of rain to counteract the mini-drought and should be back on schedule for all things agricultural and garden. In the middle of this some great snapshots from the garden were taken and we’ll start the first real post of the summer with those.

Hemerocallis fulva - Tawny Daylily
The true common day lily if there is one has to be this guy right here. They popup in the late spring and persist as foliage all summer. The happy orange flowers of these guys can stand at 2-3 feet tall which makes them ideal for enjoying in a natural setting and for photographing.

Hemerocallis sp. ' Stella' - Stella Day Lily
The day lily is a food forager's ideal plant; it is completely edible but can cause frequent bathroom visits if too much is eaten. Day lilies are named for the fact each bloom unless the temperatures remain cool last for about one full day. Thes are not to be confused with Oriental/ Asiatic lilies which are true lilies (Lilium). Daylilies are actually grouped botanically with leaf-succulents such as aloes and the members of the Red Hot Poker's family (Kniphofia) . Stella is an important variety because it is the daylily that keeps blooming where as traditionally one might get a short bloom season and that was it for the year. As a side note, Daylilies and Oriental Lilies are BOTH poisonous to cats even the pollen can cause acute renal failure so if you have pets be wary.

Delphinum sp. - Larkspur
Good old Larkspur, a plant with a flower almost as complicated in shape as the most exotic orchids. Larkspurs are the late summer blues of the garden and are very adaptable. Common Wildflower seed mixes will have these.

Delphinum sp. - Larkspur
 What's this now? That is a pure white Larkspur who's origins are currently unclear as I only had blue. Not that it's a bad thing to see some random wildflower genes asserting themselves but this single plant was and is quite impressive compared to the one above.

Asclepias curassavica - Scarlet / Swamp/ Tropical Milkweed
I snapped a shot of the scarlet milkweed in the last post, but right after the flowers opened and as you can see they are an epic shade of flamboyant orange and red.

Hypericum sp. - Saint Johns Wort
Saint John's Wort is a herbaceous perennials that  bears incredibly bright yellow blooms followed by what you see above, pearl-like seed capsules which are colorful and almost good enough to be considered a second bloom. However, it should be noted that St. Johns wort is a useful medicinal herb as tinctures and salves made of it's leaves reduce the healing time of bruises and lacerations. Paired with betony which is known as wound wort, the two can be used to accelerate healing.
Lavendula angustifolia ' Lady Anne' - Lady Anne Dwarf Lavender.
Lady Anne was a dwarf variety of lavender I decided to offer this year because of it's tolerance of humidity and it's petite (up to 12") size. This form of English lavender is a better neighbor as it sprawls less and blooms the first year as you can see above.

The bloom of a betony plant.
 The betony family comprises of a large number of herbaceous plants often with the botanical Latin first name of Stachys. You might know it's most famous relative, Lambs Ear, or it's 'weedy' relative Rattlesnake Weed. But as more things bloom you'll see them up here with little tidbits of information and there will be a lot of stuff to talk about as the summer progresses. But I move onward to the market information for this weekend.

For those not in the know; the Fayetteville City Market is open on Wednesdays between the hours of 12:00 to 5:00pm and on Saturdays between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. The market is located at 325 Franklin Street in downtown Fayetteville. We are located on the grounds of the Fayetteville Transportation Museum. The market is a rain or shine event that persists in all but the worst weather. For note I have resumed service on Wednesday markets so you can come on down and not only get the best local foods, but you can now get your garden plants too. Fortunately June has begun with heat humidity and rain and I am responding by turning up the heat. This month you can expect to see some of the world’s hottest pepper plants and if that doesn’t suit your fancy, June is the first month I am offering for the first time fig bushes. Bordeaux Regional Nursery is proud to present three types of figs for your culinary delight.

LSU Gold
-          Fruit is green-yellow when ripe and they have pale red flesh inside.
-          Bred for our region by Louisiana State University, LSU handles heat and humidity very well.
-          Good general use fig for all purposes.

-          Sometimes called Violette du Bordeuax.
-          Fruit is ripe when they are a deep purple-black and have red flesh inside.
-          Comparable to Black Mission in sweetness, and is good for cooking.

White Ischia
- Very fast growing, the mother plant puts on several feet a year.
- The fruit is golden-green when ripe and has a reddish flesh.
- Good for use in breads and brewing.

But of course this is not the only thing because this week’s market list is below.

3x Early Black Egg Eggplant
2x Pepper, Flashpoint Habanero
1x Pepper, Cubanelle
1x Pepper, Trinidad Douglah
1x Pepper, 7-Pot
1x Pepper, Naga Viper
1x Pepper, Naga Jolokia
1x Pepper, Chocolate Scorpion
1x Pepper, Santaka
1x Pepper, Aji Pineapple
1x Pepper, Aji Citro
1x Pepper, Aji Limon
1x Pepper, Aji Chinchi Amarillo

2x LSU Gold Fig
2x Negronne
2x White Ischia Fig
3x Ground Cherry, Cossack Pineapple
3x Tomato, Pink Stuffer
3x Tomato, Black Cherry
1x Tomato, Rainbow Cherry
3x Tomato, San Marzano
3x Tomato, Traveler 76
1x Tomato, Underground Rail Road
3x Tomato, Black Krim
3x Tomato, Cherokee Purple
3x Tomato, Brandywine

4x Sweet Basil
1x Thai Basil
1x Cinnamon Basil
2x Santolina
2x Rue
2x Artemesia
4x Tumeric

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