I often go outside in the evening after I put my son to bed to just look around. I take notice of the little details, the colors and the small changes from day to day. I grow and forage for fruits and vegetables for flavor, above all else, but when you stop and actually look at these plants you realize how beautiful they are. The colors and shapes are amazing, it is no wonder artists draw and paint fruits and vegetables.
In the raised beds my eyes are drawn to the different types of lettuce both in shapes and colors. I now realize why I always grow way too much lettuce, it is because I am curious as to what the hundreds of varieties look like. I grow radishes because there is something so fun about picking them in order to see those bright, vivid vegetables below ground. Even with holes from slugs they look great, the colors look almost man-made. Cucumbers are another favorite of mine, the variations of green on the cucumbers make me want to look closer.
Wild fruit is also so attractive, I was able to catch a bee on a blooming salal today and by looking up close I realized how lovely the little light pink flowers are. Salmonberries are another amazing looking fruit. From the orange colored fruit to the reddish ‘hairs’, they really look a bit odd.
If you have the time, take a closer look!