When celery is cloaked with diamonds

Let’s face it, celery is an unappreciated vegetable. A little goes a long way for me. Still, I grow several plants in containers on the deck where it’s convenient to harvest, but mostly to discourage slugs.

This year’s celery crop was a culinary failure though. The flavor was so strong and bitter, I didn’t dare chance even a soup with it. But instead of cutting it down in favor of say, spinach, I let it grow into its natural form. At that point, I pretty much ignored it.

Then, on a misty morning, when I was busy prepping for the night’s dinner cruise, I looked out the kitchen window and saw hundreds of celery flowers, heavy with dew and shimmering like stars. They looked like gems, yet in the moment, they were more precious than diamonds.

Celery, garden, photograph, sparkles, macro, seeds, Marion Owen, Kodiak, Alaska

When a friend of mine saw this photo she said, “Wow, I love the watermelons in the background!” By the way, can you spot the little bug in the photo?

I set the paring knife down, grabbed my camera gear, (shutting out the lazy thought, “Oh, I’ll shoot it tomorrow”) and headed outside.

Returning to my kitchen chores, I thought about something a fellow photographer shared with me this summer; something he learned during a photo workshop. In essence: “If, when you go out to take pictures, you have narrow expectations or you’re restless in the head, then you’ll miss the gifts that the Universe is sending you.”

I think this is so true in anything we attempt in life.

Feel free to download this photo to use as your phone’s wallpaper or desktop background.

And many thanks for visiting!

Marion Owen, Kodiak, Alaska, photographer


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7 Responses to When celery is cloaked with diamonds

  1. parelishious says:

    Nice click

  2. daryleone says:

    Hi Marion,
    The insect (I don’t think it’s a bug) is about about to plunge into its private pool on the West side.
    So, what do you think? A quarter teaspoon of 20 Mule Team Borax in a gallon of water … spritz the celery leaves once while growing to stop the bitterness. Boron moves the calcium which moves the sugars, which makes the celery taste less bitter.

    • Melissa says:

      Hi Daryleone,

      I have not heard of using Borax on celery but sometimes do find celery to be bitter. Is there anything else you use this mix on to stop bitterness? Don’t actually understand the relationship with calcium and bitterness but would be willing to try this on next year’s garden. I’ve only used Borax in washing and on carpet to get rid of fleas.

      Thanks for the great idea! M.

      • daryleone says:

        20 Mule Team Borax is about 10% boron. Step one is to VERIFY low boron with a soil test. Calcium moves sugars through a plant’s xylem (nutrition from the roots up) which can counter bitterness and cracking. A lack of boron in the soil hinders the ability of calcium to give the plant full availability of nutritional sugars. It has been said that if calcium is the delivery truck, boron is the driver. So when the plant can get a full nutritional delivery, any potential bitterness disappears.
        Never apply boron (borax) without a soil test. TINY amounts of boron can work wonders. Too much can often be fatal to a plant.
        Boron deficiency is said to cause hollow heart and black heart in potatoes. Undersized cauliflower heads with brown spotting is a sign of low boron. Blossom end rot in tomatoes is often caused by low calcium which in itself can be caused by low boron. ALWAYS test the soil first.

    • marionowen says:

      Might work, spritzing the leaves. I’ll let you know. I haven’t given up on celery!

  3. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the additional information! In past years I’ve had trouble with blossom end rot in tomatoes but not this year. Definitely will do the soil test next year! M.

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