Meet a Few of My Buds!


A photo of Carolyn BinderIt is definitely an early spring at Cowlick Cottage Farm. This morning, I harvested the shallots that I planted last fall … a full month early. Those beautiful, pink orbs are taking a sunbath right now, drying out a bit.  Harvesting them is fun. Just take a trusty trowel and insert it deep under the entire shallot bunch. Then pop them out. Be careful not to damage the beautiful shallots! I’m going to make a shallot and lemon thyme vinaigrette to celebrate the harvest tonight. I love shallots, and the homegrown ones are ever so much more flavorful than what is available at the market (if you can even find them). 

Shallot harvest 
A spectacular shallot harvest! 

Before the shallot harvest, I took my customary morning stroll through the garden, camera and coffee in hand. Everything is coming up roses!  Take a look at some of my buds.

Baby Sungold nectarine  
Baby Sungold Nectarine 

This is our one-and-only nectarine from our brand new tree. I treasure it and check on it every day. We planted lots of fruit trees this year – a whole little grove, including Sungold nectarine, Satsuma, Ponderosa lemon, Meyer lemon, Key lime, and Pummelo. We already have Shinseiki pear, Alma and Celeste figs, and Flordahome peach trees in their second year. I am not expecting too much fruit from them this year. They are an investment in the future.  As the saying goes, the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time is today!

First tomato
The first tomato! 

Carolyn Binder
4/17/2011 3:50:21 PM

Hi Cindy and Dave: We are definitely ahead of most of the rest of the country as far as weather is concerned. We are well into spring in north Florida and have been enjoying a really gorgeous spring, perfect for gardening. I hope ya'll get to enjoy the same soon! By the time you are harvesting, I will be hiding inside from the torturous head and jealous of you. Cindy, here's the link to my vinaigrette recipe: It's on my site at Enjoy!

Cindy Murphy
4/17/2011 8:15:20 AM

Hi, Carolyn. I’d love that shallot and lemon thyme recipe if you’re willing to give it up! This is the first year I planted shallots – a whim planting. I got them in the ground last week, along with my onions (I harvest them as green onions), spinach, lettuce, and arugula. My flower boxes will get Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ too – in about a month or more, when it’s “safe” to plant annuals. It’s one of my favorite annuals; a great ‘no fuss, no muss, loads of flowers all summer, forget to water and it doesn’t mind at all’ plants. The first one I ever planted – probably four years ago – is still producing those loads of flowers as a houseplant. As far as what’s blooming here….very little. Spring has been slow to start; we are about three weeks behind typical weather for this time of year. In my yard, it’s only the cute, little chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow), and a few of the many varieties of daffodils I’ve got throughout the gardens. Your photos are a nice preview of what’s to come…with patience! Enjoy the day.

Nebraska Dave
4/17/2011 8:03:23 AM

Carolyn, are you for real? I can't even think about planting tomatoes for another month and you already are thinking about how you will eat your first tomato. I am totally envious. Exactly when did you plant that tomato with the big green tomato on it? We here are still getting temperatures in the 30s on occasion at night. The days range for 50s to 70s so that's redeeming for sure. I have the cold weather stuff planted so now I have to be satisfied with working on outside projects for the summer. Have a great garden day.

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