I have a confession to make. I LOVE kale. It's quite trendy right now to make kale chips and growing it organically or buying it at a local farmers market to put in one's juicer is quite the thing. While I enjoy those along with more tradidional kale recipes, I'm talking about the ornamental kale that shows up everywhere this time of year and looks pretty decent all winter long. Perhaps it's despised by many because of overuse in municipal plantings, maybe some people find it common or dislike such garish colors. Do you suppose that some folks find the appearance to be too close to something that belongs in the vegetable patch (potager?) I'm lumping ornamental cabbage together with kale for the sake of this post.
It could be that I think that anything that looks good in the winter is pretty special.
Or maybe that I love eating all the vegetables in the cruciferous/Brassica group.
It works well with autumn colors.
And can look striking even later in the winter.
These pictures were all taken at Watson's Nursery in Puyallup. Watson's is a very popular place and during the spring and summer seasons, the parking lots are often nearly full of cars & the nursery teeming with people. It was interesting and delightful to visit on this autumn day just a couple of hours before closing when the staff actually outnumbered the customers.
There you have my confession (oh, and I also think that the sweet smell of pansies on a warm winter day is delightful and am not above planting a primrose or two, just not huge beds of them.)
What's your tasteless pleasure? [P.S. I'm thinking that common garden pleasure might be a better choice of words.] C'mon fess up. We're all friends here (or at least we were before I spilled the beans about this whole kale loving thing.)