GUESS WHAT I’M EATING FOR DINNER TONIGHT? ARTICHOKES! I bought 3 at the La Jolla Farmer’s Market this morning. This is how I prepare them: pour olive oil & sprinkle Italian bread crumbs between the leaves & steam the artichokes for about 45 minutes. Lovely edible thistles!
INDIAN BLANKET FLOWERS ARE A MEMBER OF THE SUNFLOWER FAMILY. In 2010 I found a yard where a woman had planted wild flower seeds. I went back every day for weeks photographing the flowers & drawing them plein air. There were bumble bees accompanying me & I was dizzy with the beauty. The next year weeds took over the wild flowers & they were all mowed down. I have checked each year since then & the beauty of this experience was a one-time only one, but it will always live on in my memory & in my Nature & Botanical Sketchbook for 2010. Recently I spotted these Indian Blanket flowers in someone else’s yard & I was delighted to see my friends return elsewhere.