Longwood Gardens, now a 1000+ acre botanical garden, was once Lenape land. It fed the Native tribe from its waters and woods, sustaining them for centuries. In the early 1700's the land was tilled into a farm, and later, an arboretum. But by 1906, it was in jeopardy of being sold and milled for lumber. Pierre S. du Pont purchased the farm, transforming the property into what is known today as one of the world's leading horticultural gardens. This stunning collection of flowers and trees inspires 'through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts'. When you visit, prepare to be inspired, prepare to be in awe.
Quick and easy to make, this is a dessert winner adapted from one of my favorite recipe sites, Food52. The flavors can be adjusted to suit your sweet tooth: use vanilla extract instead of almond and swap out the sliced almonds for walnuts. Try it with sweet, tart beach plum jam. The beach plum is a coveted stone fruit found on Cape Cod. It is typically harvested by foraging wild, secret spots along the beaches and bays. Looking for more sweet things? Short Stack editions wax poetic on the subject; Honey and Strawberry now available in the shop.
Cool nights, warm days lately. Each morning, everything is covered with dew; the night weighs heavy on the leaves until sunlight cooks it off. The garden is quiet in sound but loud with color. I'm looking forward to fall but at the same time, dreading the last of how green everything will be until next spring. --- Head clearing pond visit. Wellfleet, MA. --- I opened the back door the other day the same moment a Cooper's hawk flew into a nearby tree. I stood perfectly still and watched. The bird did the same until he flew off - flap, flap, glide - like they're known to do. I ran to follow but lost him somewhere in the roofline, treeline, skyline....
Today the wind blows strong, leaves and branches doing a topsy turvy dance. But the sun is out and the sky is clear and crisp. We've seen hawks lately, Thomas and I, out above the bay as they search for small things below. Lazily, they sway, circling and crying out to one another through the air up there. --- Things from the backyard: a big, beautiful black swallowtail caterpillar living in some fennel, mighty mullein at dusk, cat's eyes, eggplants and echinacea. --- The Dooryard's last day is 9/8!