Last Day of August (Photos)

This morning I brought my mystery aroid plant inside where there is no breeze and took some tripod shots. I think it’s a calla or a close relative. The blossom is ever-so-gradually unfurling; I assume the floral structures are the pistils, but where are the stamens?

A closer crop, a bit grainy but it shows the otherworldly sexuality of the flower:

My kitchen windows face north and west, so the morning light is soft and diffuse. I happened to notice a pair of tomatillos on top of my refrigerator proudly displaying their split papery husks in the morning light:

I mentally kick myself because I forgot to plant any tomatillos this year. They are so easy to grow and they are an essential ingredient in Mexican green sauces. You don’t even need a recipe; a simple salsa is just a pair of tomatillos roasted in the oven along with some chile peppers; the last time I made green sauce I used an Anaheim and a pair of Serrano peppers. Roast at 375 degrees until the tomatillos are soft and the peppers are charred. Rub the charred skins from the peppers and the husk and stem-end from the mushy tomatillos. Put these vegetables in a food processor along with some garlic, maybe some onion, chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley to taste, and a bit of salt, black pepper, and cumin. Chill and serve with bread, tortillas, or chips.

I like the Latin/Mayan taxonomic name of the tomatillo: Physalis ixocarpa.


5 comments on “Last Day of August (Photos)

  1. bev says:

    Beautiful photos. The lily looks like Spatiphyllum wallisii to me. Interesting things about tomatillos. A number of years ago, I got some tomatillo seeds from Salt Spring Seeds in B.C. A good many of their seeds are Ones that various people have saved – usually seed that has been passed down from friends and family for years. The tomatillo seeds were for a plant that was supposed to be particularly prolific and it was. Also large, like a huge bush. There were so many tomatillos that it was impossible to keep up with them. Come autumn, I threw the plants with the remaining tomatillos onto the compost heap. The next summer, there were volunteer tomatillo plants growing all over the place – about twice as many as I’d grown the year before. I should have kept some seed, but events of my life have been such that I lost a lot of favourite plants, seeds and such over the past few years.

  2. Larry says:

    Yeah, tomatillos volunteer easily, and as so often happens when something grows without effort, it’s easy to neglect and ignore them.

    I’ve also lost quite a few seeds and plants over the years. Sometimes in times of travail the seeds are the last thing you think of!

  3. Larry says:

    Bev, I think you are right about the identity of my aroid. Peace Lily and White Sails are two common names. Thanks for the name!

  4. Joan says:

    Your pictures just get better and better! I love these! Have seen quite a few peace lilies but not in this arty fashion. I Have never heard of a tomatillo. (and neither has my spell checker, evidently) But those pictures are great. They look like green tomatoes with earmuffs.

  5. Larry says:

    “…with earmuffs.” Oh, no, now I’ll always be seeing tomatillos as little gnomish heads!

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