Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas: Two Cheddar Cauliflower and One Pair of Aubergine Hunter Rainboots

A Rain Shower Washed our Garden

The Garden Enchanted with Winter's Charm

Matthew A. Schiller, our very own GreenTeam Co-President, bends down to inspect GT's Cheddar Cauliflower.  The Cheddar Cauliflower made her debut in our garden this fall semester, along with her entourage of Chard, Kale, Spinach, Butter Lettuce, German Camomile, Radish, Carrot, and Basil to name a few.  She is a gorgeous plouf of shapely Rubenesque form and is the tint of pastel yellow.  I thought it was neat when Matthew pointed out from the outermost to the innermost leaves, they provide shade and protection to the cauliflower head to ensure it is tender and moist at harvest.
We would like to award the "Largest and Most Beautiful Cheddar Cauliflower" Award to Ken and Libby Perrin, who have been married for 53 years.  They were one of the first couples to join our community garden and maintain a plot of their own alongside our GreenTeam students, faculty, and staff.  We can learn a thing or two from the best, especially from the love they share and a relationship symbolically represented in the growth (with proper water, sun, soil, and care) of a stately, blossoming cauliflower.  Congratulations and Thank you.
The Garden will be maintained over the winter holiday by some of our GreenTeam students, along with Resident Faculty, and Facilities, Management, and Planning Staff.  We appreciate your help and we look forward to growing with you in the garden next year, January 2012!  Merry Christmas.