Shallots, Day Lilies and Clouds

03 Aug

1   We’ve put our lovely crop of shallots to dry in the sun prior to plaiting them for storage.

Shallots out to dry

Shallots out to dry

2   Our Day Lilies are gorgeous.

Day Lily

Day Lily

Dark red Day Lily

Dark red Day Lily

3   It has been a day of sunshine and very heavy, if brief, showers. The fast-moving clouds reflect the restless day.

Clouds and an aeroplane trail

Clouds and an aeroplane trail


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14 responses to “Shallots, Day Lilies and Clouds

  1. greenbenchramblings

    August 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Wow! Now that is what I call a good crop!

  2. Hudson Howl

    August 3, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Your pictures of day lilies but a smile on my face for the wrong reason, as I see them as ‘irony’ for a host reasons. Number one is tragic.

    Across the street from where I live in small village, is substantial plot of day lilies, propagated by man with last name of Oak. All hybrids, of various colours (even black) and shapes, some flowers the size of my head; and yes I have a big head. He spent years developing, cross breeding and then began selling the seed to other breeders around world. To the point a customer wanted in Mexico wanted to buy a major investment in seed and perhaps go into a partnership. So off he went to Mexico a couple years ago, by himself. He wasn’t even out of the airport in Mexico City when had a heart attack, then died in a Mexican hospital a week later; a lone and before for his wife got there, as they thought he had recouped to point of being able to travel home to Canadian hospital.

    The lilies still thrive. His wife tends to them every day. She never ventured into them, ever, when he was alive. Another part of the irony.

    Ditch lilies grow wild here, choking ditches in brilliant orange. They are the memories of my childhood. They disappeared for couple of decades as local governments sprayed 24D. That practice ended about 10 years ago. Turns out lily seed can lay dormant in the ground and enough reincorporated themselves: live to see another day, wild and vibrant..

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Oh, what a sad, sad story.

      I’ve never heard the term, ditch lilies before – rather robs them of their glamour but I’m delighted to hear that they survived the onslaught and are now wild and vibrant. 🙂

  3. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    August 3, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Just went to U-TUBE and watched a video on how to braid (plait) shallots…how interesting!
    My grandson came in to see what I was watching …so got to share with him…

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you so much for this! Up until now, I have literally plaited/braided the shallots/garlic/onions as one would hair, but now, thanks to you and YouTube, I have learned the proper way to do it! The shallots are drying nicely. I guess another couple of days and I’ll be braiding them properly for the first time! 🙂

      • babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

        August 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

        I’m sure you were doing them just fine…just thought I would check it out…I love learning new things…

        • mybeautfulthings

          August 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

          Well, it worked but I love learning things too so am very happy to know how to do the job the right way! I’ll let you see the results! 🙂

  4. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    August 3, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    love the shallots…I want to see them plaited please…Tie them together somehow for hanging…right???

  5. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    August 3, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    love the pic of the shallots

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Me too! In a few days, I’ll be plaiting them up. 🙂

  6. Don

    August 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Those day lilies or absolutely magnificent. They always symbolize “the intensity of life”.for me – intensity in an allotted time.

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      I agree – but have you read Hudson’s comments?


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