The stunning image of the Red Mustard leaves in our front garden had waned to one resembling more of an unkept garden. But now the seeding plants have been harvested and hung to dry and the garden is a little more ‘normal’.
These plants gave us many leaves for salads and for cooked meals. They put on a very unique display as their leaves grew larger and then again when they were covered in yellow flowers hovering over the deep purple leaves. Even as seeding plants they are somewhat interesting to observe as we generally don’t allow many plants to actually follow through with their life cycle in urban settings.
And now they hang in great bunches around our back deck to dry before getting bagged up as the pods get closer to opening. There is something quite pleasant and fulfilling about looking at this unusual harvest. Something a little deeper and connected than the detached and void feeling I often get when I walk into supermarkets these days.