Bixa - I don't know what you think but when I look at the flowers of the Wild Dagga plant and compare them with the Kagaroos Paw, the petals look almost identical, even down to the way they open at the ends into little tubular bells. If my Kangaroos Paw seeds come up and grow to flowering I hope to make an onsite comparison!
Kerouac - I am aiming to do some photos this weekend ( if the rain holds up for a while) as 'before' and then in a couple of weeks the 'after' photos when my vegetables are more mature. You will see how very clever we were in our youth to design 'a garden for old age' !
While doing some prep of vegetables in my kitchen today, I watched Raymond Blanc telling some enthusiastic restaurant owners how his father used to take him out 'hunting and gathering' mushrooms and ....wild asparagus! I yelled across the kitchen at the TV "Liar, liar your pants are on fire" - Kerouac says there is no such thing as wild asparagus!!
Mick - How did you cultivate them then? I see you are from Herts in UK. Give me some tips please, pretty please..... Oh, and what colour do you have?
I grew them from seed originally which was a bit tricky as they were like bits of grass for ages and I didn't let them dry out.
They seem pretty easy to me though. I grow them in quite big pots, don't worry too much about watering them, bring them back into the greenhouse for winter as they aren't truly hardy here, water them maybe a couple of times in winter, cut the tatty leaves back in spring then off we go again.
Flowers are green and red and can get about 3' tall.
You all know everything! I never heard of kangaroo paws before, and after looking them up must conclude that they are varied, oddly beautiful and would give some fun challenges for proper placement in the perennial garden.
Bixa - Those photos of his garden are fabulous! The shot of the water droplets just clinging to the underside of the flower.....beautiful. I recognised 2 other plants. The bush of thin leaves in a pot is called a 'Blackboy' - when it gets bigger it has a black stem similar to a cycad. Very slow growing as well. The other plants I recognised in the background to some very pale green Kangaroos Paws was 'Smokebush' with it's feathery white plumes. I too fell for the Kangaroos Paw when I went on Spring Flower trip in Western Australia!
I love that kind of garden picture sequence because it's so inspiring. Even if I don't have access to the plants shown, those pics spur me to arrange & augment what I do have.
Lola ~~ was the weather different enough this year to account for the good yield of peppers? My stepfather was so frustrated because the endless days of over 100° heat kept his pepper patch from flowering & setting fruit.
I LOVE that recipe for green beans. I always steam mine with garlic, but that method would give the intense garlic flavor so perfect with string beans. The way parts of the recipe are presented as options is great, too.
Do those pickles come out crisp? That's a pretty long cooking period.
Kerouac - Here is my vegetable garden. In the tub are Longbeans bought at grocers near Chapelle metro. As you can see I've lost one or two to snails hence the blue sprinkled stuff you see scattered about. In the raised beds under shade roof: lettuce & parsley other veg planted: Swiss chard, aubergines, more longbeans(chinese mosaic), chinese greens (Sawi Hijau)
One lonely swiss chard has already given us three helpings of spinach, but nothing in the lonely climbing bean volunteer!
Yes Bixa, we add a whole bunch of new compost (my own kitchen veg peelings & lawn cuttings right from the very bottom of the pile). This is done in winter because I don't go in for cabbages. sprouts and the like. I like the fast growing veges! We built those raised beds when we built our house. We must have seen them somewhere and thought 'now that looks like a good idea!
Actually no Kerouac, No protection from the slimy shelled thing (which the French nation love so much Ha!Ha!) It climbs up anything. I guess it's radar is on "Lettuce Alert" etc.etc., Have I got news for snailey!
The raised beds are for two old fogies who want to pick everything at hip level. No mud on my shoes, only a basket full of......well, we will see won't we?
Oh, forgot - the grill roof. Hunted around in the garage for something rigid and found these abandoned grill things from a display for haberdashery - Got the gardener to construct a little roof protection from the sun over my lettuces and parsley.
Those are fabulous raised beds,my god!! I would kill for soil and beds like that. I guess I could do but,frankly, don't have the energy right now. In the midst of a severe drought here,five weeks and no substantial rain,rain barrel is dry,and everything looks pretty sad,I'm afraid.
We have only just had our Spring rains - so long awaited it made headlines on the local newspaper posters! Overnight lawns have turned green and seedlings are sprouting. It has been at least 20years since we had that terrible drought caused by the Elnino, but have decided to re-install rain tanks again to cut down on water usage from the tap.
Post by mickthecactus on Oct 22, 2010 12:05:38 GMT
In the middle of ny vegetable garden I have a small pond. In the pond are just 2 fish but a good number iof frogs plus at least 1 toad that lives somewhere in the garden. Between them they have made a great job this year of polishing off all the slugs and after the early spring I have not had to resort to chemical means. Hardly a nibble on the veg.