The Ficus lyrata, commonly called the fiddle-leaf fig, is a perfect indoor specimen plant. The plant features very large, heavily veined, and violin-shaped leaves that grow upright on a tall plant. These plants are native to the tropics, where they thrive in very warm and wet conditions. This makes them somewhat more challenging for the home grower, who is likely to have trouble duplicating these steamy conditions, but they are fortunately relatively tough plants also that can withstand less-than-perfect conditions…
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Posted by Sunny D on September 9th 2010 in
I love basil – the smell reminds me of my great-grandmother’s kitchen and always makes me hungry. Yet, aside from a couple caprese salads, I never seem to use much and always end up cutting down a giant plant in the fall. Last year, after reminding myself how much fresh basil costs at the supermarket, I decided to make a giant batch of pesto pasta sauce. Having cheap, delicious, easy…
Posted by Sunny D on August 6th 2010 in
And now for another installment of the Procrastinating Gardener. Last week I talked about some perennials I use to accent my flower beds in the summer. This week I’d like to write a few words about some shrubs that have caught my eye. My one constant wish, no matter where I live, is always for a bigger yard so I can plant more shrubs and trees. Yet despite my…
Posted by Sarah on August 5th 2010 in
What to do with all the cucumbers! Pickle them the easy way: 7 cups sliced cucumbers(unpeeled), 1 cup green peppers diced, 1 cup onion slivers, 1 tsp celery seed, 2 T salt, 2 cups sugar, 1 cup white vinegar. Dump all together and refrigerate…stir or tip the sealed bowl over now and then. Add cucumbers to the brine as you eat them. They are yummy and last a long time.
Posted by Sarah on July 29th 2010 in
For several weeks now Turnip Rock CSA has been dropping off veggies at Sunnyside for our local CSA subscribers. Friends know me best as a pretty unrestrained eater, so as a result I have taken a very active role in trying to find new ways to consume all the lovely organic veggies that keep landing in my fridge. Recently I have a been craving red cabbage and find myself hoarding…
Posted by Sunny D on July 26th 2010 in
And now for another installment of the Procrastinating Gardner, a little late perhaps, but what did you expect? In my last blog I wrote about adding some easy color to the garden via summer blooming annuals. In this entry I’d like to talk a little about some of the summer blooming perennials that I’m using and admiring. It’s time for me to tweak my perennial beds and the name of…
Posted by Sarah on July 13th 2010 in
When you own a bustling garden center like Sunnyside, you get introduced to a lot of neat plants, products and ideas.