On the way to my clients condo, I spied a few edibles tucked in around the common area court yard, I am guessing this patch of food belongs to the condo owner with the patio directly behind the fence where it was planted? Or perhaps the landscapers have snuck in a few things they intend to harvest?This tall stand of Jerusalem artichoke blends in between other flowering perennials, keep in mind the fence they are grown against here is six feet tall! At home my JA’s tower eight or nine feet up the side of my ugly garage, the cheerful yellow flowers are opening now, I would imagine if they were not so invasive they would make a great back drop to other, shorter flowering plants. I grow so called “red” and “white” varieties of Jerusalem artichoke, they all flower yellow and in my opinion taste about the same, my “red” tubers have a slightly darker skin but that is the only difference I have noticed so far.
Stashed under a large mop head hydrangea, just opposite the Jerusalem Artichokes, is a small over grown herb garden, with rosemary, thyme, oregano and chives. Whoever planted these herbs must have more than they can use but it wouldn’t surprise me if other residents are walking right by every day, not knowing they could easily prune a few tasty twigs without anyone noticing. Herb bushes growing in the garden look so different that how we are used to seeing them in concise bundles at the grocery store, even after four years my husband still has trouble identifying the common culinary herbs around our yard, just when he thought he had thyme’s location pinned down the darn plant camouflaged itself under a dense layer of tiny flowers!