If you have a melon baller, this is the perfect time to go through the drawer and find it. It’s really hot outside and this melon recipe is just the right recipe to keep you cool, and offer you an elegant appetizer or dessert course for these humid and extremely hot days.
The melon recipe is easy to make and you can use any kind of melon or a mixture. I think I’d love the cool colors of honeydew and cantaloupe, or the bright and sweet red of watermelon with fresh mint.
Whatever you choose from your garden will be delicious.
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons snipped fresh mint
¼ cup rum (optional-but you can use a tiny bit of rum
flavoring if you choose not to use the rum)
1 tablespoon lime juice
6 cups melon balls, your choice, honeydew, cantaloupe (muskmelon) or watermelon
Fresh mint to garnish
Sugar syrup- in a small saucepan combine the water, sugar, and mint. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and strain to remove the mint. Stir in the rum, and the lime juice. Cool the syrup thoroughly. In a large bowl, combine the melon balls, and cooled syrup. Cover and chill for 3 hours. To serve, spoon the melon balls into sherbet glasses, or stemmed glasses. Pour the syrup over the melon balls in the glasses and garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh mint.
By Stacey Hirvela, Spring Meadow Nursery
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners/ColorChoice Shrubs
Landscaping is often an exercise in problem solving: we may have an ideal plant in mind, only to find that it won’t thrive in our yards because our site or soil isn’t suitable. Fortunately, plants are wonderfully diverse and adaptable, so you’re guaranteed to find beautiful, landscape-worthy shrubs that withstand most any of Mother Nature’s curveballs. Think of the plants listed below as the landscape equivalent of the old saying, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!” — they tolerate and even thrive under the difficult conditions commonly found in backyards everywhere. This means less work for you and a better performance from your plants!
Click here to sign up for our monthly NEWSLETTER packed with great articles and helpful tips for your home, garden and pets!