I recently wrote about my new oxalis obsession elsewhere on the site, including a wide view of this particular plant, ‘Burgundy Bliss,’ in its pot. Then a friend sent me a link to this blog featuring a collection of phenomenal oxalis plants.
Look at Oxalis obtusa ‘Coral’, and the thin lines of colour through the petals. Or the way that Oxalis versicolor’s petals unfurl in a spiral to reveal a strip of colour along the edges.
I am done for.
About a month ago, I came upon this flower in the pond and water garden section at Humber Nurseries. I was quite surprised to find a hibiscus that thrives in swampy wetlands where its roots are submerged underwater most of the year.
The price tag was too steep for my wallet ($41.99) and the plant too big (they grow very tall) and water-loving for any space I can provide, but I am told it will survive here (about zone 6b).
Surprising, don’t you think?
Isn’t this the most beautiful corn you have ever seen? I mean, I’ve seen some beautiful corn before, but the cob in the foreground appears to have been encrusted with precious gems.
Shane, a farmer at my local weekly farmers’ market brought these cobs with him last Thursday for show. He didn’t know the variety names since one of his neighbours grew it. We all stood around oohing and awing and snapping pictures like we had never seen anything like it in our lives.
Because we hadn’t!
As one onlooker remarked, “How does nature make colours like that?”
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend Canada! Or as I am now calling it, Great Excuse to Stuff Your Face Weekend.
And if you happen to know the variety name, inquiring minds would love to know!
At the Jean Talon Market in Montreal.
I started making ristras a few years back as a way to dry my overabundant hot pepper bounty in a small space. They seem confusing to make at first, but I assure you that once you’ve gone through the process once it all snaps into place and you will not need to go back to Guides as an adult to brush up on your knot-tying skills.
A pictorial how-to is included as a project in my new book. But I’ve been told not to talk about book content in detail so early, so you didn’t hear that from me.