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nothing more beautiful than aisles wallpapered with deep ink filled grape bundles

nothing more beautiful than aisles wallpapered with deep ink filled grape bundles

A gorgeous place, the view as well as the actual building, not far from Portland.  There is that fireplace, as you walk in, about 20 feet tall, clad in copper, that’s John standing in front of it for scale.  We tasted the Pinot Noir flight, all 2007 vintage, the one we ended up purchasing was the Carabella Pinot.  At $50 it was steep but worth every delicious sip!

looking down the vines

looking down the vines

Penner Ash Vineyard

Penner Ash Vineyard

the fireplace

the fireplace

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purple aster

purple aster

Purple Aster—this is a plant that took over a part of my garden by itself, out of air, and rooted itself deeply and invasively, choking other things in its way.  I pulled it out but but now will have to turn over all the soil as its roots splinter easily and spread like chickweed!

NativePerennial. Propagates by seeds. Time of bloom: July to November. Seed-time: August to December. Range: Newfoundland to Manitoba, southward to Virginia, Ohio, and Illinois. Habitat: Moistfields and meadows, banks of streams, swamps.

Stem three to seven feet tall, stout, grooved, erect, reddish purple, bristly with short, stiff hairs, branching near the top. Leaves three to six inches long and an inch or more wide, oblong to lance-shaped, long-pointed, rough above, bristly on midrib below, toothed along the sides, clasping the stem with an auriculate base. Heads in loosely branched panicles, on rather short pedicels, each about an inch broad, with light yellow disk and many pale purple or lilac rays; bracts of the involucre usually in two rows, linear, smooth, green, spreading. Achenes hairy, the long, tufted pappus nearly white. This weed is in bloom so early that flowering stems are often cut with hay, and seeds ripen on the stalks. (Fig. 302.)

Means Of Control

Deprive the plant of its loved moisture by better drainage. Prevent seed production and starve the perennial roots by frequent close cutting, and so fertilize, cultivate, and improve the ground that better plants will supersede the weed.

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Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

falls and people

falls and people

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I would like to plant trees and bushes there, maybe repeat the arbor with climbing trellis pattern….John said to just put the pavers over the sand. I think a tree and bushes from the perennial garden would look great.

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tomatillos

fresh tomatillosjohn loves fresh salsa and these will be amazing, a great recipe follows…

fresh tomatillos


Tomatillo Salsa:

  • 1 pound tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed
  • 1 small Spanish onion, quartered
  • 5 to 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced

Directions

Roast the tomatillos, jalapeno, onion, garlic, and 1 tablespoon salt until the tomatillos are soft but have not burst. Add the cooked vegetables to a blender with the cilantro leaves and lime juice.  Taste and adjust seasoning with more cilantro, lime juice, or salt according to preference.

This recipe is adapted by me and John , from Tyler Florence

today’s find at farmers market

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