An Alameda Garden: September 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

And the Winner Is...

Grumblebunny! Please e-mail me your mailing address so I can put the P.Allen Smith Container Garden Deck and the Botanical Interest seed packets in the mail to you.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Last Chance to Enter for Giveaway!

Today is your last chance to enter for a chance to win some garden goodies from P. Allen Smith and Botanical Interests seeds. See this post for information and post a comment there to enter!

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Fall Plant Sale at UC Botanical Garden

Save the date: Sunday, September 26, is the date of the Fall Plant Sale at the UC Botanical Garden. The public sale runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but if you’re lucky enough (or smart enough) to be a member, you can shop the sale and attend the members’ silent auction from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Click here for details and tips on how to make the most of the sale and a detailed plant availability list.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bloom Day

Shades of blue and purple today:

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Back from Big D (With a Gardening Giveaway!)

I've just returned from four days in Dallas where I attended the Garden Writers Association's annual symposium. I had my doubts about going, but I am so glad I did. I met so many writers and photographers, and they were all friendly and generous with their knowledge, experience and advice. I attended seminars where I picked up great tips on writing, photography, and marketing. I toured the spectacular Dallas Arboretum and many gorgeous private home gardens (don't worry--I'll be posting photos of those over the next few days). And oh my god, the swag! I came home with a bag full of Corona tools, a couple t-shirts, books, assorted samples of soil additives and fungicides and other goodies, and about a dozen or more new plants. (And I do mean "new"--these are new cultivars that nurseries will be introducing next year.)

Most importantly, I've come back feeling somewhat refreshed and very inspired. I dug into my garden today with renewed enthusiasm, and I'm planning some new writing projects that I can't wait to get to. I also came back to the Bay Area with a new appreciation for the cool, foggy weather we've had all summer. (Turns out that Dallas in September is basically one big steambath. Great for tropical plants, not so great for people.)

But it's time to share some goodies. One lucky winner picked at random will receive a package containing P. Allen Smith's Container Gardens Deck (with 50 recipe cards for year-round container gardening), and two large packages of seeds from Botanical Interests--Cosmos Celebration in Pink (a fundraiser pack benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure) and a Save the Bees mix. Total value of the package: $25.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post saying what was the best garden city you've ever visited. The contest will be closed for entries on Monday, Sept. 19. at midnight. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Update: I'm extending this giveaway for one more week. The contest will now close on Monday, Sept. 27 at midnight. The winner will be announced Tuesday, Sept. 28.

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

More Tomatoes for Non-Tomato-Lovers

Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while may recall that although I enjoy growing tomatoes, I am not one of those gardeners who lives for the first juicy bite of a fresh-off-the-vine homegrown tomato. Actually, I think raw tomatoes, homegrown or store-bought, are quite awful and a little disgusting. (Really, how can anyone love that goo the seeds float in?)

But because I love to grow tomatoes (or attempt to grow them, as my efforts this year are rather pathetic), I try to find tomato recipes that I can enjoy. I posted earlier this year about a roasted tomato soup that I made. And now I've found a recipe in the NY Times Magazine I'd like to try--tomato sliders. These itty-bitty things come under the category of amuse-bouche--bite-size morsels that pack a lot of flavor so that restaurants can still charge shockingly high prices for what is really very little food. The article and recipe explain it very well, but as a preview, I'll tell you that it is basically little buns made with almond flour, tomatoes diced into something like a confit, and a layer of a mascarpone-goat cheese mixture. Yee gads, that sounds like something even a non-tomato-lover such as myself might love.

I might wait to see if I get any tomatoes from my garden to use in this recipe, but if anyone else makes this recipe, please report back--can they really be as tasty as they sound?

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