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The large purple “puff balls” flowers are Allium plants, a member of the onion family. It is a perennial that grows from a bulb and blooms in spring. The globe-shaped flower heads are comprised of a cluster of florets up to 5 inches in diameter atop 3 foot stems. A fun addition to our fence line planter boxes.

Once the florets have died back the remaining cluster still makes for an interesting addition to cut flower arrangements.

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As spring is turning into summer, I would like to say thank you to the spring bulbs that graced us with their presence. We planted a bunch of new bulbs last fall in the planter boxes adjacent to the fence and throughout the landscape. They were really lovely this year and brought a lot of spring-time joy to the garden. In fact, we could be found wandering along the edge of the garden in the morning, coffee in hand, looking to see what opened up over night… Here are some photos I wanted to share:

 
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pea-shootsIf you’ve been in the garden lately, you may have noticed that some beds are full of peas-a lovely spring crop. We are growing sugar and snap peas vertically along some of the fencing panels in our raised beds. We are also growing pea shoots, these are planted in thick bands and the seeds are placed close together to maximize the yield.

The shoots are the first part of a plant that appear above the soil line as it develops from a tiny seed. The pea shoots are grown for their nutritious and tender seedlings. The young greens are delicious and can be used for salad mixes, garnishes, or eaten alone (as I do in the garden!). The shoots of peas offer a sweet-tasting flavor that is becoming more and more popular in culinary dishes. Keep an eye on our evening specials menu for a spring pea-shoot salad, straight from the garden…

 
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Spring-vaseSpring is peeking around the corner! The sun is shining, (well, most days anyway ☺), folks are out and about, we are beginning to shed jackets and boots… And we are once again surrounded by plants and trees in bud and bloom.

These spring blooms are the harbinger of a new season and a welcome sight after the drab and cool winter months. There are crocuses, daffodils, and many other bulbs, tucked away since the fall, finally popping from beneath the dirt. Not to mention dogwoods, cherry trees, and numerous perennials growing again.

Pictured here in this arrangement are daffodils, pansies, and euphorbia harvested right from our own garden! The bright colors of spring are eternally cheerful and warrant a second glance…take time to look around and see what’s unfurling from the ground…

 
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Yes, folks, it is that time already! Here in the Sunny Point garden we start nearly all of our own vegetables and flowers from seed. The many little seedling beauties have been growing beneath the warmth of the grow lights for awhile now, as we tend to start our first round of seedlings in early March in order to get a jump start on the season. But have no fear, fellow gardeners, it is never too late! There are cool spring crops that can be direct sown in the garden, such as peas, beets, and carrots.

This photo captures our baby lettuce that will soon be transplanted outside. While it is still too cold at night here in Zone 7 for such sun-loving veggies as tomatoes and peppers, they can be started by seed indoors and transplanted outside when the temperatures rise… It is incredibly satisfying to take a teensy-tiny seed, sow it, and watch it transform into a seedling, then a full fledged plant. Really, it’s the little things in life, right?

 
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Welcome to the Sunny Point Café kitchen garden blog! The Sunny Point garden began as a small plot a few years ago…just a matter of yards from the back door of the kitchen. The space has grown and shifted since then, but it remains just steps away from the bustling kitchen where our delicious food is made.

The garden has had many creative minds and hard-working hands involved in its growth over the years, and these individuals have all had a great impact on this project. So, thank you to everyone involved, both past and present, for all of our work and ideas have melded and lend the garden its unique frame-work and continued success. Additionally, the pride and love that the owners of this establishment provide to the garden project is indispensable and a constant rock of support, allowing the garden to flourish and grow! Come along as winter turns to spring and the food continues to grow: from the garden to the table…

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We have entitled this blog “Spade to Spoon,” to honor the connection of fresh produce, herbs, and flowers being grown organically on-site and delivered right to the kitchen. Through our “garden to table” ideal we are able to provide local and organic produce from our very own backyard, a concept that is not only ecologically sound, but aesthetically pleasing, as well.

This kitchen garden model, and its example as a productive use of land, is educational and satisfying not only for the Sunny Point Café gang of employees, but for all of our lovely patrons from near and far, and the community of West Asheville itself. Welcome to our garden! Thanks for your support. Follow us on our blog as the garden grows and transitions throughout the seasons. And, as we celebrate the relationship between the kitchen and the garden…where food grows from a tiny seed and meets the knives of creative chefs, all within an acre…from spade to spoon.