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Super Sunday

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Today while most of America prepares for a national ritual of great importance Bryon and I ventured out to the garden for the first time since we came home from vacation. The orders from the seed catalogs had arrived, and it was time to make a tentative start to getting ready for spring.

There are still a few goodies to be found before tilling.

There are still a few goodies to be found before tilling.

Onions, auditioning for soup. Or quiche. Or salad ...

Onions, auditioning for soup. Or quiche. Or salad …

The Asian pear tree is beginning to bloom.
The Asian pear tree is beginning to bloom.

Harvesting leeks.

Harvesting leeks.

These are incredibly aromatic. We've had great soup from leeks like these.
These are incredibly aromatic. We’ve had great soup from leeks like these.

The last of the peppers, dried by the sun.
The last of the peppers, dried by the sun.

More onions.
More onions …

Sorrel, also good for soup.
Sorrel, also good for soup.

Beans. A coda.

Beans. An epilogue.

Lemons, a winter treat.
Lemons, a winter treat.

The blood oranges from this tree are tart (and slightly sweet) but not bitter.

The blood oranges from this tree are tart (and slightly sweet) but not bitter.

The peppers have made themselves at home here. I suspect we shall have many more this summer.
The peppers have made themselves at home here. I suspect we shall have many more this summer.

Lemons may be a winter treat but they bring a hint of spring's promise.

Lemons may be a winter treat but they bring a hint of spring’s promise.