June 22, 2018
Liquid Light Glass • 926 Baca Street #3 Santa Fe, NM • 505.820.2222
Since I am a glassblower professionally, I wanted to share an art opening that Elodie Holmes & Enrico Emboli are having this Friday at our studio, Liquid Light Glass. Elodie & Enrico have done a collaboration of glass and bronze art. I think it is Elodie’s best show yet. Please come and enjoy this wonderful art. Here is a sneak preview from the new show. Don’t miss this one–it is fantastic.
‘Afterlife Passage’ 12.5″ x 26″ x 6” hot sculpted gold leafed glass, bronze, wood, steel.
Beans from Italy coming up nicely under row cover in a bamboo teepee
After a wonderful trip to Italy, I’m now back in the garden trying to get it finished. Seems I got a lot of dry beans in Tuscany at a Florence Farmers Market and have planted 4 different varieties-Fagioli Zolfini, Fagioli Piatellini Nuova, Fagioli con L’Occhio (a black-eyed pea) and Borlotti. These are dry bush beans. I love dry beans as I just have to plant them and after they are up, give them water and you don’t pick them till the end of the season after they dry. Not too many bugs bother them either at my place. They make great soups and stews in winter. So looks like this is the year of the bean.
But I have planted many other interesting crops this year as well. Other new veggies/fruits include the Bradford watermelon, Tahiti Butternut, a yellow zucchini called Rugosa Fruilana, Craupadine beets and my Fuggle hops and artichoke came back from last year and are doing well. Also 15 bare root raspberries I planted this spring are all up and doing nicely-the variety is Polona-I got them from Nourse nurseries online. My dream is to have so many raspberries I get sick of eating them (never!) And I’m starting a new thornless blackberry (Triple Crown) area in the garden. I got some beautiful 2 gal plants from Newmans for only $15.
And of course I have more tomatoes than I need but have cut down drastically since I am not at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. This year I’m growing more dwarf tomatoes than regular tomatoes and some of them are trials for Craig Lehouiller. All my tomatoes are caged and have row cover wrapped around them to protect them from the Beet leafhopper which passes a deadly virus to them here in the southwest called Curly Top Virus. The row cover is also great for protection from hail storms. It will come off when the monsoons arrive. Hope they do well and can’t wait to taste them. I haven’t eaten a tomato since last November when my crop finished as I won’t eat store-bought tomatoes. Guess I’m a tomato snob.
I’ve actually cut down the garden by 30% this year due to our drought. Pray for rain (no hail please!)
Here are some pictures from our Chianti Wine trip in Tuscany. Went to several vineyards and small towns on the Chianti Wine Trail. Beautiful countryside and great wine!
Tomatoes, dry beans, truffles, cheese and onions. So much to see!
I’m in Florence, Italy right now. Here’s Mercado Centrale by San Lorenzo this morning where produce, meats, fish, pasta and more are sold every morning. Felt right at home! Those are mushrooms in the last photo.
Tomatoes went in on May 6 with the help of Linda, Janet, Mike and myself. Many thanks! Planted 27 plants for me and 9 for the dwarf tomato trials. Plus this week I planted peppers and eggplants transplants in wall of waters and cucumber and bean seeds directly in ground. A bit early, as I always say to wait but I’m currently on my way to Venice, Italy and am typing this on my phone which is a pain! I didn’t want to wait till June. I’ll still have to plant squash, watermelons and flowers when I return. But this year because of the warm nites, I think I will be ok. Ciao!