Monthly Archives: July 2010

Rouge gallery of tomatoes and a couple of jaune ones too!

Today on my office rooftop garden  at  www.124merton.com there were at least 22 varieties of tomatoes ripening.We have a total of 57  different varieties of heritage tomatoes.  Photos from left to right: Hawaiian Pineapple, Crynkovic Yugoslavian, Anna Russian, Abe Lincoln, Stupice, Black Russian, Wapiscon … Continue reading

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You can do anything you put your mind to; Thinking in the living room

As a child my Mother encouragingly told me;” You can do anything you put your mind too.” As an adult, reality usually  impinges on that fantasy and you realize that a great deal of action is required too. Well maybe, not … Continue reading

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Buzz in in the garden

This morning Dan Goodbaum  www.foodbomb.org came to my garden to interview  me for  a video  he is making about my garden and my gardening philosophy . The bees were at work.

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Seeds along the Silk Route

 My daughter Ariel  www.interaxon.com  plucked a dill flower from the garden . “Mmm tastes like plov.” It wasn’t a stretch of her gustatory imagination. Ten years ago, Ariel, Joel and I took a trip to Central Asia. Plov figured prominently … Continue reading

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Aujourd’hui “Christina” est arrivee en France!

 Early this Spring a very stylish and beautiful woman came to my studio to buy a painting.Her name is Christina. As we looked through some of my portraits her equally stylish and handsome husband asked if I could do his wife’s … Continue reading

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More on White, Ghost Eggplants

Ghost Eggplants in my Garden These eggplants are beautiful, delicious and prolific. I have planted them in all my gardens this year. When it comes time to eat them, place raw ones in the middle of the table as a centerpiece … Continue reading

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White Waves, Paint White, Fully in the Color Spectrum: Michelle Lloyd’s Birthday

It’s not often , I get to spend time fully in the color spectrum,  in a world of white. It was Michelle’s birthday and we got to boat across the white capped lake to her and her husband David’s island paradise. The … Continue reading

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No one here but us chickens!

no one here but us chickens On the road to Crowe’s Landing ,Stoney Lake ,there is a farm wth an arresting sign: a life size soft sculpture of an old man holding a board that reads,”EGGS”. If you are lucky … Continue reading

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Not your usual Medieval Salat; more Recipes from the Concert

Last month on a tour of the Medieval Gardens At The Cloisters, the uptown branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the docent paused in the herb garden to tell us of the Medieval  cooks ’ love of salats. That is salad to … Continue reading

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Another Sensational Recital by Joel Garten

Joel in concert Joel’s recital was a huge success. As each concert is improv and an aural experience not to be repeated each member of the audience was swept away into the creativity of the emotionally moving music . We were all aware we … Continue reading

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Mutiny on the Blueberry Bounty

  Driving back from The Stratford Festival on Sunday amongst endless grain fields stood a blueberry farm. Of course I had to stop . The farmer convinced  me that I wanted to buy all the rest of his bounty since he wanted … Continue reading

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Will there be cotton?

Last cold and rainy Summer was not the best time to move from edible gardening to wearable gardening but by September last , the cotton did bloom. It didn’t have time enough time to set  cotton though. This year in  early April I … Continue reading

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In our climate, a 2nd crop of cucumbers?

TodayI planted Japanese cucumbers in peat pots. When the first crop of cucumbers on the 124 Merton rooftop  garden have yellowed vines and are  finished I will transplant these. The packet says 65 days . Will I be able to get a 2nd crop?

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The Tempest at The American Theatre Wing

As a child I studied acting at the American Theatre Wing on the upper west side of Manhattan, an organization best known for creating and awarding “The Tony’s”. At the audition  to get into the school I remember a kind but imposing … Continue reading

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The Tempest at Stratford Ontario

Christopher Plummer commands the stage, so it is not a stretch, as Prospero he commands a tempest.When Prospero said goodbye to Ariel it made me cry. I played Ariel as a child and my daughter is an Ariel, just what … Continue reading

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July 1 , Canada Day

When I sent this photo out to friends as a Canada Day greeting, I recieved this inspiring response from writer Helen Lovekin. Thank-you so much, darling Vivenka! Its true: I love Canada.  It allows its citizens to have patriotism without … Continue reading

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