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Gardening sites I like: plant on a string and tree shapers

Do you like to stumble upon new and interesting websites? Well I do and gardening websites are some of the best. All that delicious vegetation.

I came stumbled across one gardening site giving instructions on how to grow a garden on a string. What a differently great idea. A ball of dirt hanging from a string growing a plant. It’s minimalistic, clever and just plain cool.

Read more about it: diy project: “kokedama” string garden

Now there is one website I came across some years ago and it just fascinated me. These two people have dedicated their time to shaping trees. They shape and twist trees that grow and live in the ground. Making them into chairs, tables, art. It’s incredible what they have done. It’s just great to look at.

Check it out: Pootre Tree Shapers



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Flower Feature: Tulips

Tulip, 2005 Floriade, Canberra

Image via Wikipedia

Tulips came in my garden this year red and as lovely as ever. I
wanted to cut them and put them in a vase but I just couldn’t. They
were the only early blooming flowers I had this year and they made it all to nice
to step in my back yard and see color.

Tulips are spring-blooming perennials that grow from bulbs.
Depending on the species, tulip plants can grow as short as 4 inches or as high as 28 inches. The tulip’s larger flowers usually bloom on scapes or subscaposestems that lack bracts. Most tulips produce only one flower per stem, but a few species bear multiple flowers on their scapes. The showy, generally cup or star-shaped tulip flower has three petals and three sepals, which are often termed tepals because they are nearly identical. These six tepals are often marked
near the bases with darker colorings. Tulip flowers come in a wide
variety of colors, except pure blue (several tulips with “blue” in the
name has a faint violet hue).

Read more: Wiki Tulip

Fascinating facts about Tulips

  • Tulips belong to the same family
  • The word “tulip” is descended from a Persian word “dulband” — which led to a Turkish word “tülbent (turban, like the hat) — which led to the Latin “tulipa”.
  • The most popular tulips are the red varieties. The most famous tulip is said to be “Queen of the Night” — a tulip that is almost black (it’s actually a very deep purple).
  • Tulips should be planted in the fall.
  • Tulip bulbs can be “forced” into blooming by storing them in a cold place for 12-16 weeks — even the refrigerator.
  • There are a bunch of recipes that use tulip petals: as cups for mousse, accents for tuna, for salad dressing, and little dishes for appetizers. There’s even a recipe for tulip wine, which is apparently “a lovely white”.

Read more: All Over Albany

So as you may now you can cook with Tulips. How interesting. Below is a recipe.

Tulip recipe


    • 1 1/4 pound(s) thin fresh asparagus
    • 2 large pesticide-free red or other color tulips, rinsed and drained
    • 1 tablespoon(s) vegetable oil
    • 3 tablespoon(s) water
    • 2 teaspoon(s) finely grated lemon rind
    • 1 teaspoon(s) butter
    • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon(s) ground black pepper


  1. Cut or break off woody ends of
    asparagus and discard. With vegetable peeler, peel lower half of each
    asparagus spear. Pull petals off tulip stems; cut and discard 1/4 inch
    from bitter base of each petal where it was attached to stem. Slice
    tulip petals across into 1/4-inch-wide julienne strips; set aside.
  2. In large skillet, heat oil
    over medium heat. Add asparagus and sauté 2 minutes. Add water; cover
    and cook until water evaporates and asparagus spears are crisp-tender —
    about 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon lemon rind, butter, salt, and pepper,
    and sauté 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in half of tulip petals.
  3. Transfer asparagus to serving
    plate; sprinkle with remaining tulip petals and remaining 1 teaspoon
    lemon rind. Serve immediately.

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Gardening my life…

Truthful, when it comes to gardening, I’m happy I found it. There are so many ups and downs in life, it came just at the right time. Gardening soothes my worries, if only for the time I’m in my backyard. I can pick weeds forever, it’s almost like picking the weeds out my life.

When I started gardening I wanted to plant every flower, tree and vegetable. But of course plants and seeds cost money. Supplies and soil aren’t that cheap. I had to start small and over these few years I have been able to build my abundance of vegetation.

Even though, I

wanted to plant everything, I had a natural hesitation factor. I started with transplants which were relatively easy. Not to say a plant can’t die because it is already on its way to maturity. I didn’t run into to many problems. But  when I realized that some of the plants I really wanted weren’t transplant worthy or weren’t sold at the stores, I had to look at seeding.

Now, that is where my hesitation came. I didn’t know or understand the first thing about planting seeds in the ground. My logic in it all was to dig a hole in the ground and put in the seed and watch it grow. But that is very untrue and that is where my handy, dandy plant book came in.

Who knew there was a time, depth, and watering process. I just wanted to put the seed in the ground and watch the magic happen. But if I really wanted the satisfaction of having bountiful feast of vegetable life at my table I was going to have to work for it. That to me meant read. And sure enough a few years later, I got it down. But I must say this… It never was very hard for me, it’s like I have this green thumb and I happen to move in an area with a lot of green thumbs. But I have come across many a persons who for what ever reason cant grow a cactus.Aeonium ‘Schwarzkopf’

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