Someone sent me these pictures. This is a flower from Thailand. It is also a protected species. It is not allowed to be exported. This will be the only way we will be able to view this flower. Some info on the flower.
Sea Buckthorn / Sea Berry Seeds!The New England region in the United States has, so far, experienced a snowy season. Shoveling, plowing, salting walkways etc has taken up more time than I can recall compared to recent years. The silver lining is the sea buckthorn plants in the ground for their first winter here have a cozy layer of snow over them. Protected from extreme cold changes and especially the winter winds should increase their winter survival chances. This spring I will be lookin...
The New Zealand Flax is completely unrelated to the flax which produced the flax seed ( linseed) but was so named because of the similarities in the properties of the fibres and its uses. The Maori had discovered the 1001 uses of the NZ Flax or Harakeke long before pale-faced Europeans showed up.Actually related to the lilly, it sends up shoots of flowers at about the same time as the lillies bloom.The plant can be quite large, some are over 3m tall and 2m wide. The flower stalks can b...
Our new Create & Share Challenges are opportunities to share ideas, tips, and techniques. We invite you to participate, even if it is to post a “don’t try this because look what happened when I did it” tip. Preserving the ProduceDo you have a favourite tip or recipe for preserving garden produce (whether fruit, veggie, or flower)? Post your “preserving wisdom’ in our GT Blogs, tagged as “CS1”. PRIZES One random winner in Can...
This is my first blog. Any mistakes or improvements may pl be brought to my noticeCoconut which is the fruit or seed of coconut palm grows abundantly in tropics because of favourable soil and weather conditions. Kerala is the largest coconut growing state in India. The only states in the U.S. where coconut palms can be grown are Hawaii and south Florida to the best of my knowledge. Every part of the coconut tree is useful and hence its commercial importance. The husk of the nut is composed of...
Book Review #4: HomeGrown Whole Grains: Grow, Harvest and Cook Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rice, Corn and More
Have you ever thought about growing some of your own grains in your own backyard? Do you want to develop a more sustainable lifestyle? Does the idea of fresh, nutritious, delicious, organic whole grains inspire you to roll up your sleeves and start planting? Do you want to grow grains to feed your backyard chickens? If any of these ideas appeal to you, perhaps this book will contain just the information you need to get started along that journey. Ms. Pitzer has written a book about gro...
We’re bringing to you the interview with Brad Kemp – the expert in Container Gardening. Enjoy! Q1: What is your personal goal re: gardening? I think I’m always striving to try new things, new varieties of flowers and even new ways to grow them. In my mind, I always have this huge goal of walking through the gate to our backyard and gazing upon a grand display of perennials and annuals with my little raised bed garden in the back just full of vegetables. Have I ever seen that portr...
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Known as the Tree Fuchsia or just the Fuchsia, the Kotukutuku is the Maori name for the largest fuchsia found in the world. On the west coast of the south island, the local Maori called it a Konini. Its technical name is the Fuchsia excorticata. It can grow to 13 metres ( over 40 ft) and 600mm in diameter ( about 2 feet). If that wasn’t interesting enough about this plant (tree) it has the following odd characteristics 1. It is the one of the very, very few NZ native t...
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