Sunday, June 15, 2008

Boom Dada BOOM

It's on.

Bread Round 2 was a complete success. I was worried because it was so much stickier than the last batch (the brick-like whole wheat) but I think that was fine since I was supposed to add 2-3 Tablespoons more water to adjust for altitude. Matt and his bass player just got home and between the three of us we ate half of the focaccia already. I might just try the brick recipe again and see if I can make the adjustments all work on it too.

Also, here's a couple of pics of the plants I ordered for the garden. I've got a tendency towards the same shades of blue and purple so I wanted some color accents.
Baby steps: this is a much pinker purple than the rest, also it will be tall and spiky in a clumpier way than the catmint and salvias, if that makes any sense.This is the awesomeness. It is a variety of Achillea, or yarrow, called "Paprika". As such, it has feathery fern-like deep green foliage and will supposedly bloom continuously if I can keep it deadheaded. It will add a couple of focal points to the garden, as it is compact and obnoxious, where everything else is bigger and fluffier and less of an attention-hog. It also (hopefully) naturalizes and forms big ferny clumps. I have high hopes but I am trying to tone them down as it was in the sale section and it is the end of planting season so they may come looking straggly and take a long time to settle in. But I am nothing if not patient with this yard, as it has taken more than two years to get it this far and there is still SO much more to do. It's a start.

6 comments:

Alana in Canada said...

oooh, lovely! I even know what catmint is, now! I looked it up tonight and it's a strong contender for my garden too. I was going to take a break from posting for a bit (I've been at the computer all weekend) but I fininished a book on combining plant colour last night--and I think you're going to want to read it! It was P.Allen Smith's "Colors For the Garden"

Alana in Canada said...

oh and hey, thaT FOCCACIA LOOKS WONDERFUL! i'M SO IMPRESSED BY YOUR CULINARY STUBBORNESS. (oops. sorry about that caps lock!)

Alana in Canada said...

I got the colour post up.

Zack said...

that bread looks awesome!

drwende said...

Oooh, love and want that yarrow! If we stay in the southwest, it's on my list of desirable plants now.

(And you have me wanting to make foccacia...)

Anne (in Reno) said...

Oh that coloUr post looks like trouble waiting to happen, I will have to pick it apart and just try and find bits that apply to what I've already got.
And Wende, I will give you an update on the yarrow if it does well, the garden place I ordered it from is in New Mexico so I would think it would be fine in Phoenix (if you stay).
I will post the focaccia recipe soon, everyone should make it. We took it with us to the in-laws last night for dinner so there is none left. I guess I'll have to make another one...