Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Golden Banner

Thermopsis Golden Banner blooms in early spring
(Probably in early May for gardeners in lower altitudes.)

Welcoming in 'summer' by turning the furnace back on was not my idea of a good Memorial Day tho we managed to have a wee bit o' fun, in spite of the dreary weather.

The snow has since melted.

The sun is now shining.

Those buckets of unwelcome rain inspired Golden Banner to bloom.

And, that's a good thing because I was losing patience with her. I'm an instant gratification kind of gardener and she has taken forever to bloom.

Speaking of instant gratification...
Busted! I can't fool anybody these days. I went to the store, bought some potato salad, put it in a pretty bowl so as to pretend that I worked really hard on that dish and... even the 7-year old had a problem with that.

Perfectly Edible Potato Salad:
  1. Dice up the potatoes
  2. Drizzle with olive oil
  3. Sprinkle with crushed rosemary and
  4. Roast at 400 degrees until crispy, golden brown.
Then follow whatever potato salad recipe you like to use. Roasting those taters makes all the difference! (Thanks, Mom!)

Golden Banner (Thermopsis lanceolaota) is an early spring bloomer that adds a nice wildflower feel to my backyard. USDA zone 3, flowers best if you give her a little shot of organic fertilizer.


thismngardener said...

hey kate-where are you hon?

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Too much traveling for work, I'm afraid and it's not stopping any time soon! :(

I am on another plane next Monday. I'm not thrilled about it but the weeds in my garden couldn't be happier!