Monday, December 31, 2007

Beauty in the Snow

I think "Ringlet Grass" would be a good name for this grass

Trees bowing to me as I passed!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Dragon Fruit

Yesterday I noticed this fruit the grocery store. Naturally, I had to give it a try. It is called Dragon fruit and a look at it on Wikipedia told me that it is actually an epiphytic vine-like cactus and is also called Pitaya and Strawberry pear, amongst others. The word epiphytic looked familiar and I realized that I did a post on Epiphytes quite sometime ago. Click on the link to learn more about them.

Pitaya is native to Central and South America, and its bloom is called Moonflower (it only blooms at night). There are two other types of Dragon fruit, one with a deep red interior and another that has yellow skin and a white interior.

To eat it one simply cuts a soft fruit in half and you can easily scoop out the flesh with a spoon. As for taste, it is actually quite dull. Similar to a kiwi fruit in that it has those crunchy seeds, but even less flavourful. However it is much larger than a kiwi.

Would I buy one again? No, not unless some kids were coming for dinner (I love exposing people, especially kids) to new things.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Welcoming Jack Frost

Iris leaves

I think it lasted for about a week. We had some rain (a rare occurence) and then it froze and remained below freezing. I guess it was the humidity in the air that condensed on the plants (feel free to correct me if I am wrong) and haloed them all. They were all so pretty.

Alchemilla mollis leaves (Lady's Mantle)

My fingers got very cold taking the pics, but it was worth it to look at the garden in late November, finding yet more things that thrill me about it.

Random leaves

Honest, I didn't arrange them this way. They just happened to be lying there, exactly as you see them.