Golden Chanterelle

We have been enjoying a heatwave which has now already lasted four weeks. Luckily I am having my summer vacation and spending the time in the summer cottage next to a lake.

I, for sure, have spent the time swimming and enjoying the short summer we have up here in the north.

It has been too warm and dry for Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius) but I know the place where they usually grow and spend some time watering the area.

Now I am getting my reward, delicious mushrooms to cook.

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Erfurter Orangefarbige

Erfurter Orangefarbige (Calendula officinalis ‘Erfurter Orangefarbige’) is a variety of calendula bred specifically for its medicinal virtues – astringent, vulnerary and anti-inflammatory. An ancient remedy for dermal wounds and irritation.

This variety of Pot Marigold is easy to grow and blooms early. I have other varieties planted as well but those are not even close to blooming.

My plan is to use the flower pedals for meals, just to bring some color.

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Blue Pepe

I seldom grow Nasturtiums because they are quite sensitive to frost. This year I made an exception.

Got a pack of edible flower seeds from a friend and it had Blue Pepe (Tropaeolum majus ‘Blue Pepe’) seeds. The seeds ended up to a pot and grew well.

Blue Pepe is a variety bred specifically for culinary use. The name is derived from its steel-blue leaves with purplish undersides.

The taste was a complete surprise to me when I ate the first leave today. I would describe it as peppery and I liked it very much.

I am also fond of the way Blue Pepe grows. It stays small and the leaves have nice color. I think this has just become a must have flower for me.

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Up here in the north the days are now long. The sun goes down at 11 PM and comes up at half past 3 AM. We are also enjoying a heatwave temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are now blooming beautifully. In May I collected some to the freezer and now I am able to enjoy the blooms.

I treat chives as flowers and have it here and there in the flowerbeds. Like their blooms and the taste as well.

The bumblebees are also big fans of chives blooms. In other words a wonderful plant – edible, blooms nicely and is bee friendly.