The “gateway drug”…

The recent bout of Spring like weather has left me feeling slightly giddy.  On a recent jaunt to Petaluma, stopping for those organic layer crumbles at Rivertown I ventured further up the road to Cottage Gardens.  Their bare root fruit trees are in, with more sighted being inspected.  I left with a dwarf Bing Cherry and what will be our second Pomegranate tree.  Asking about Blueberries I learned that they had arrived but were not out yet.  Better yet I picked up a few from last year’s stock for the same price and that bonus year of growth.  I’m done with the mass groupings of Lavender, it’s all about Blueberries now.

Blueberry bloom

Some are hot and some are not…

The seeds were already started but I recently had a satisfying chance encounter with instant gratification.  I’m talking about Pimientos de Padron or Padron peppers.  Cottage Gardens in Petaluma has a decent selection of vegetable starts but I was most pleased to find the Padrons hanging out.  The gossip that circles these peppers which are picked when they are small and green is the one in ten statistic.  This translates to  having the random pepper bite you on the ass with its spicy hotness.  I’m just hoping there will be a crop to toss with olive oil and sprinkle with salt…