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The Edible Garden

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Temperatures dipped below freezing last night, which makes me just as glad I have not started my vegetable garden.  Even though we have had many sunny days, spring weather is quite unpredictable.

Bok Choy flowers are very pretty, and the renewal of a crop I began a couple of years ago.  This is a sturdy plant, and all winter it has been nice to walk down to the garden and pick a few bunches for dinner whenever I want.

Strawberry flowers are beautiful for themselves, and for what they portend.  A month ago, I planted a new strawberry bed knowing it can take a year to come into full production.  It is very hard to remove the first flush of flowers that are starting already.  Pictured are flowers with developing berries on plants from the old bed.  More warm days will mean sooner fresh strawberries.  Yum-yum.
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We love our homegrown pears in the autumn.  D’Anjou is one of our favorites, and these flowers are on one of those trees.  We eat most of the pears fresh, I preserve some in jars, and make jam.  Last year I also sliced and dried a batch of pears that were so-o sweet.

Blueberry flowers look like little bells hanging from the branches.  The bushes are loaded with flowers right now.  There was a black and yellow bumble bee at these flowers while I was taking pictures, but I just couldn’t get him to hold still long enough to get his photo.


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Cactus Flowers at Red Rock Canyon

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These beautiful, delicate appearing flowers grow on such unlikely and strange looking plants: Prickly Pear Cactus.  I have seen the ‘leaves’ called Nopales in the grocery store, but have never tasted one myself.
I photographed these cacti in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just outside Las Vegas, Nevada.  After years of visits to “sin city” (my mother grew up there, and I have many relatives still living in this city), my first visit to this ancient protected area was in May of this year.  I will definitely return here whenever I am in the area, it is worth visiting over and over again.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Yellow.”