Miscellaneous Monday

Miscellaneous Monday

Happy Monday!  I got a nice start today with an hour in the garden.  Things are going crazy out there with the promised of more to come as we go into August.  Here’s some miscellaneous stuff to read this week.

It’s not just for soaking your feet: Using Epsom Salts in your Garden

I’m going to try this, I have the perfect spot: Solar Watering

Here’s a great guide to this beautiful herb: I love Borage

Those tomatoes you’re growing are all part of a big Subversive Plot.

Great tips for shopping at your local farmers’ market: 10 Farmers’ Market Rules To Swear By

 

Trailing Jade – Senecio jacobsenii

Trailing Jade – Senecio jacobsenii

Trailing Jade – Senecio jacobsenii – I am growing a few of these and love them! They are pretty tough and grow in a variety of situations. Of course, the more stressed they are, the more color they will have, plus this variety tends to bloom prolifically when it’s growing under tougher conditions.

 

 

Jacaranda

Jacaranda

What else could I feature this week but the beautiful Jacaranda tree aka Jacaranda mimosifolia.  I’m always amazed when I hear complaints about this tree being so messy but there’s a trade-off, and this one is definitely worth the hassle of sticky flowers.

Jacaranda trees grow well in USDA Zones 9-11. They prefer enriched sandy, well-drained soils but are tolerant of most soil types. This tree will tolerate some shade, but prefers bright, sunny conditions for a more productive bloom. Once the tree is established it is fairly drought-tolerant.  Jacaranda trees are native to Central America, South America, Cuba, Hispaniola and the Bahamas. We have Kate Sessions to thank for these beautiful trees.  She is credited with introducing them to San Diego.

There is something magical about a carpet of purple/lavender flowers freshly fallen.  I also love coming back to Coronado and seeing the faint spots of purple color visible when you come over the bridge from San Diego.

Here are some info links:

San Diego Zoo
San Diego Botanic Garden
University of California Cooperative Extension
Missouri Botanical Garden

Wild Fruit Before Domestication

Wild Fruit Before Domestication

Wild fruit before domestication look very different than we would recognize today.  I thought this video was very interesting!

Fibonacci Numbers

Fibonacci Numbers

I am not much of a math person, but the first time I learned about Fibonacci numbers, it opened up a whole new perspective on numbers and how it is all connected to nature.  This video is a beautiful demonstration of Nature in Numbers.   Happy Easter!