January in Bloom

Hello my friends! This month it’s all about the garden, in true In Bloom fashion. The veggie beds are in full swing, it’s peak season for winter tropical fruit, and I even talked about gardening on The Garden Path podcast. My friend Misti Little is the host. She interviews people about gardening all over the world. I was her first Florida gardener. I hate the sound of my voice but it was fun chatting with someone who loves plants as much as I do.We talked about using radish greens. I know they’re supposed to be good for you, but I’ve never eaten them from my own garden because they feel like sandpaper and they never look great. Misti said try leaving them in the fridge for a day and see if that takes away some of the prickly-ness. It worked! I didn’t get around to them until two days later, and the leaves were much smoother and crisp like fresh romaine. And they taste good. Thanks, Misti!
Collards and kale are loving the cooler weather.My first homegrown tomatillos. I have no idea if they’re ripe, but I’m making salsa verde anyway. Papayas pop up all over our yard, but we take out most of them because they’re either a male plant (which never produce fruit) or the fruit is too bland for me (I like them honey-sweet). I had two big healthy trees with amazing fruit, but both of them were knocked down by Irma. This one came up in the area. I have high hopes for it. Looks like I need to get creative with sapodillas again soon.I got a late start on the limoncello this year. When Meyer lemon zest hits vodka it makes the house smell like sunshine and happiness. The croton with the yellow polka dots is my favorite, called Eleanor Roosevelt. She hangs out with Thomas Edison (the red one). 
Completely obsessed with these ornamental baby red pineapples. I swore off adding any more bromeliads, but I’m making an exception here. Thanks for being here. Have a great week!



9 Comments January in Bloom

  1. Misti January 27, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    You sounded great on the episode! 😉 Loved chatting with you!

    And I’m glad the radish leaves tasted good! I ended up sautéing some a week or so ago and they were perfect! My collard are finally starting to get bigger but they aren’t anywhere near a big as yours!

    1. suwanneerose January 27, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      Your podcast is awesome. It’s like sitting on the porch with a friend. I especially love hearing the challenges other gardeners face. The grass is always greener on the other side. Thanks for inviting me on!

  2. Evangelia January 28, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Beautiful love to see all the pretty colors of Florida!

    1. suwanneerose January 28, 2019 at 9:01 am

      Thank you, Evangelia!

  3. Misti January 28, 2019 at 11:36 am

    So glad you came on the podcast to chat! 🙂

    And I’m glad the radish greens worked out!

  4. Coley January 28, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Living vicariously through your winter garden!!

    1. suwanneerose January 28, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      You see my Sungold obsession hasn’t faded. Also enjoying your arugula. Just planted another round. Stay warm this week!

  5. Janet Loveland May 21, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Next time I see you, I’ll be checking out your thumb color. I’ll bet it is lime green.

    1. suwanneerose May 22, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      🙂 Check Toby’s. His are most definitely green!

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