Coolest thing: saw a great horned owl right outside the house we are staying, perched on a tree and ripping into breakfast, which looked to be the remains of some kind of bird.
Weirdest: the fake coyote (pictured) on the golf course which scares the geese. The golf warden said earlier this summer some real coyotes ripped its head off. Ouch!
As soon as I hit Portland I'm going to start prepping for the Flower Market open house, which is Sunday, September 26. Please come! The Peterkort Roses display will be as great as we can make it. There will be hospitality and art too, as well as music. Not to mention the great design show, moderated by Brian of Fusion.
We also have Royal Sunset, Monte Negro, and our usual orange and yellow lilies.
Even though we are heading to fall (and it IS September), I love this recipe for spicy watermelon salad. We had it at a recent Flower Market potluck:
Walla Walla Sweet Onion and Watermelon Salad (from the Walla Walla Sweet Onions Committee)
Makes 5 cups
1/4 cup orange marmalade 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro 1/4 cup finely chopped jalapenos 1 clove garlic finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 cup orange sections, about 1 1/2 oranges 1 cup chopped Walla Walla sweet onions 2 cups 1 inch cubed seedless watermelon 6 sprigs of cilantro
Stir together in large bowl all except the fruit, onions and cilantro sprigs. Fold in the rest, Chill at least 30 minutes, then garnish with the cilantro sprigs.
I'd like to try this without the marmalade, the raw garlic, and the oranges. Also I'd use less onion (sorry onion committee). But George (who made it for our lunch) did it according to the recipe and it was good.