Nicole, one of the members of the You Grow Girl Seedling Growing Collective, brought some of her newly started seeds over to the greenhouse on Saturday where they will benefit from the warm and sunny growing conditions. When I saw the recycled cups she was using — the possible former home of a double-double — I couldn’t resist snapping a few shots.
I know Tim Hortons is available in the U.S. now-a-days, but we Canadians still consider it a distinctly Canadian institution. That’s our crappy coffee, damn it!
I’m not going to relate the story of how this happened; however, it involved wasting an inordinate amount of time taking photos of the pea varieties I had planned to grow this year, followed by doing something exceptionally stupid. I did manage to identify two of the five varieties, but the rest are now in an envelop marked, ‘Edible Pea Grab Bag.’
They’re pretty though, right?
I’m a bit of a closet African violet fan. More than any other plant, African violets seem to have a demographic, and I am very much not it. My interest began with the success I had with a couple of plants while living in a dorm room in my first year of university. I already had the plants and didn’t think much of them until I discovered that they loved the hot and humid environment in my room. From that point on I have always had at least one. I currently have six, which is all the space I can afford to dedicate to them.
If I had more space you can bet I’d have lots more. I’m addicted to the variegated varieties with frilly leaves. I can’t resist the African Violet Society tables at events like the CNE. The society sells leaf cuttings of all sorts of interesting varieties for easy propagation — only 2 bucks a pop. All but one of my current plants were acquired in this way. These days I just repeat the mantra, “Walk away, don’t even look at those cuttings.” and buy another bulb I don’t have space to plant at the bulb booth instead.
I took this photo of what looks like a Kalanchoe daigremontiana aka Mother-of-thousands about a month ago in Austin, Texas.
I have one of these growing indoors in a pot. This warm climate native would never survive our cold Toronto winters. Or rather, I should say that I have thousands growing indoors in a pot since anyone who has grown this extremely drought-resilient succulent plant knows how apt the common name really is. Each serrated leaf is lined in several tiny plantlets, which eventually drop off and take root wherever they can. I’ve found them trying to grow into the carpet!
Don’t onion seedlings make you think of tiny little alien tentacles or periscopes rising up from the soil?
p.s. If you sow too much, the sprouts are edible, too.