Continuing the theme of purple and green foliaged plants, I’ve got another oldie but a goodie for you: Prayer Plant, also known by it’s Latin name Maranta. Among my first houseplants – if not the first – I’ve had this one going on twelve years. Maybe thirteen? It was gifted to me by a college friend for helping him through one of our soils classes. I figured was a pretty good trade-off: I needed to study anyway and I got a free plant out of it! Win-win.
It’s been a while since I last profiled one of my houseplants. Sorry ’bout that. It’s definitely not because I ran out of houseplants to talk about. It’s just that I haven’t taken any nice photos of them until recently. So today, I bring you: Wandering Jew.
I remember once applying for a job at the USU herbarium. I really knew nothing about working in an herbarium, but I was just starting my horticulture degree and wanted to work somewhere on campus in a job related to my major. For part of the application I had to submit some plant sketches. I had never taken an art class – band always counted for my creative arts credits in school – but I didn’t let that deter me. I went out to my mom’s flower garden and sketched some gazanias as best as I knew how.
Once again, I found myself with an abundance of apples this fall. But I didn’t get them all at once, so I never felt like I had enough to make applesauce. I made some apple crisp, and some apple pie, ate them plain, and then I got a new bag of apples that I needed to do something with. I decided to do something new (for me) and make apple butter. Continue reading
This past weekend I went on a Garden Tour hosted by the Cache Soil to Table group in conjunction with the Bridgerland Audubon Society. The Cache Soil to Table community is a group of garden enthusiasts, that among other interests is also dedicated to creating beautiful, edible, drought tolerant and pollinator friendly landscapes. For the tour, six gardens were showcased that exemplified one or more of these characteristics. At each of the gardens, the homeowners and other volunteers were on hand to answer any questions. Continue reading