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Early June colors

By Penny Stine

I like color in my garden, which is why I tolerate this plant, called Love in a Mist. I think I'll re-name it invasive love, since it seeds itself and spreads everywhere. I've been yanking it out before it flowers - not because it will go to seed, but because once it flowers, it's too pretty for me to pull.











This is also giving my garden nice color this June. I bought a seed mixture that was supposed to have multiple colors, and most of the columbines are either yellow or white. I think this is the third year for the flowers, and it's the biggest and best they've looked.  

Here's a color I didn't expect. I went out this morning to pick some kale for my morning smoothie and I saw this pretty pink leaf. It was on one of my Russian red kale plants. I guess it's a pinko kale... and that's an incredibly corny joke that only someone who remembers the Cold War will get.

I threw it in the blender with the rest of the kale and Swiss chard and then added cucumber, honeydew, mango and pineapple. It was pretty good. I have no idea if the pink kale tasted any different from the rest, nor do I know why that particular leaf was pink, but it looks kinda cool. 


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Sounds like you have a “fatal attraction” issue with the flowers.

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