Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Evening Primrose, among other things...

The evening primrose flower is actually quite charming....
The petal texture reminds me a little bit of the washi aka Japanese paper...
As previously mentioned, I shall be looking for ways to make use of this 'miraculous' medicine plant...

A rather large portion of our property is actually slopes...
The gradient is perhaps 15 to 20 degrees?
Some years ago, had made these steps out of recycled wood which we kept aside when we renovated our house...
But we need more such steps to move around the slopes...

And it took me many many more moons to put together a 'walkable staircase'...
So, spent a good portion of my last weekend cracking my head on how to do just that...
After some prolonged contemplation, decided to carve these steps at a spot below our sakura tree...  
Was very pleased to be praised by my missus who came by to inspect...

In between the breaks from carving the slopes, grabbed my camera to shoot some pictures in the garden...
This is the flower of a bonafide grass... I have yet to identify its name...
More so than the evening primrose, this 'weed' is really all over our property...
Lucky thing is, they are not so difficult to pull out...
and I must say that I am quite attracted by that shade of blue... pretty exquisite, don't you think?.


The humble zinnia... as with the evening primrose and the grass with the blue flowers, zinnias have really adapted so well to our potager...
The interesting thing is, although they come in shades of pink, their shapes and petals vary considerably...
The above specimen is the single layer petal...

The Thai basil is one of several vegetables that remind me of my mother...
She used to tend a vegetable garden in the village and  at times, I assisted her...
The Thai basil is growing so well this season...
Its fragrance goes very well with our breakfast pizza toasts and also our evening meals...


The parting shot is a bloom (accompanied by a mini spider) from our Jerusalem artichoke patch... 
It is amazing that we do not really care for this plant and yet, they grow so well...
Its edible tubers are not that palatable for us...
But their flowers make up for their bland taste... 
I think the Jerusalem artichoke flower is better suited to our potager compared to the over-sized sunflower...
The Jerusalem artichoke flowers make great cut-flowers as they do not dry out that fast...
My missus fancies these flowers very much, so I suppose they will remain a permanent feature for many moons ('moon' again?) to come... ;)