Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Holiday Greetings and New Year Wishes from Wall.Flower.Studio

Amaryllis vitatta (I think!) - The last bloom of 2010.

Wishing everyone out there in cyber-space, all the best for the holidays, as well as a happy, prosperous New Year, filled with much joy, laughter, and of course, an abundant garden!
("Poinsettia"- acrylic painting/canvas - 36" x 48" -Sold- by Karen Sloan)

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Citron Melon - Citrullus lanatus - The Original Watermelon

Citron Melons @ Wall Flower Studio
Citron Melon - Citrullus lanatus - Pink Seeded Citron - Family: Cucurbitaceae
Citrullus lanatus originates from the western Kalahari region of Namibia and Botswana, where it can still be found in the wild. These small fruits are generally bitter and mainly used for their seeds, and it's commonly thought to be the probable ancestor of egusi melon. This fruit is also used as a source of water during periods of drought or as cooking melons, and may well represent the ancestral form of the watermelon. Following first domestication of Citrullus lanatus in southern Africa in prehistoric times, its cultivation became widespread in Mediterranean Africa, the Middle East and West Asia more than 3000 years ago. How's that for a true heirloom! It was introduced to the Americas in early post -Columbian times. Citrullus lanatus seeds are increasingly used for their oil in semi-arid regions and also the use of the oil in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry is increasing. There are also prospects for use of the seeds in the improvement of infant nutrition in view of their high protein and fat content. Watermelons are a rich natural source of lycopene, a carotenoid of great interest because of its antioxidant capacity and potential health benefits.
This variety is the Red Seeded Citron, which was used by the pioneers in Victorian times, here in Ontario, to make candied fruits, jams, marmalade and other edible treats. The Citron stored well, and grows well in all types of soil, so it was valued by early settlers of Ontario. Thanks for visiting... Happy Gardening!

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Amaryllis Blooms - An Heirloom Variety

Just playing with my new camera, which I was lucky enough to receive just before these blooms started to happen!
Will hand pollinate each flower for collection of more seeds.
If you haven't been following my blog, this plant was originally my great-great Grandma's. It's about 120 years old. If I ever kill it, I'd be devastated! Knock wood that never happens.
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, 3 December 2010

The Only Thing Growing in the Garden - Piles of Snow!

Hydrangeas - Open to the elements, yet encased in snow.
Makes for some nice winter interest in the garden.

Garden Obelisk - Patiently waiting for Spring. Just like me!

The snow is so heavy, smaller trees are feeling overburdened.

Looking out to the road. The snow on the trees creates a sheltered entrance to our home.
It's only early December, so it's going to be a long winter! We don't normally have this much snow so early. Must admit, it is pretty, and it makes a person want to cocoon themselves indoors.
Well, me anyhow!
So, I've turned my attention to the indoor plants for now.
This is the time of year many of us northern gardeners kill our houseplants with kindness, since we have no alternative to playing in the dirt!
My plants are all watered, now. Must admit, during the Winter, it's much dryer in my home, so I've found that I actually have to water more frequently than during other seasons.
My smaller Amaryllis plant is on the verge of blooming.
Will post some pictures next time 'round.
Thanks for visiting!