Category Archives: Paisley Plant of the Week

Ground Cherry Central

Ground Cherry Central

It is hot in East Texas!

Heat and health have kept me indoors this summer that’s for sure.

In the lack of vigilance it has become increasingly important that plants in my garden have enough charisma to survive without pampering. Enter the Ground Cherry!

Ground Cherry

Happy Ground Cherries

The Ground Cherries have taken all the neglect completely in stride. The cucumbers are droopy, the eggplants lethargic, the melons are looking for a way to vine in and strangle me. The ground cherries are completely happy. Good on them!

Ground Cherry

This one is Aunt Mollie

I know I have given a recipe for Ground Cherry tarts so today I want to give you one for chutney.

It’s Ground Cherry Central around here…

Let’s make some chutney!

Ground Cherry chutney

Ground Cherry Chutney

Ground Cherry Chutney

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup ground cherries
  • 1 cup sultanas (Golden raisins)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Caramelize a cup of sugar by cooking it with two tablespoons water. When it gets syrupy, add the sliced onion, garlic and apple cider. Let the mix boil for a few minutes, then add the ground cherries and sultanas. Let the fruit cook through, add salt and pepper, let the chutney cool, then keep it refrigerated. Once you’ve made the basic recipe, try adding various herbs from your garden, a bit of lemon, lime or orange juice, crushed ginger, etc.

For shelf storage Prepare a water bath. Process for 15 minutes.

We like this with chicken and pork, with peanut butter as a sandwich, and just on toast or an English muffin.

Have a great weekend!~KeriAnne

Dragon’s Egg Have You Ever Heard of Such?

Dragon’s Egg Have You Ever Heard of Such?

Have you ever seen a Dragon’s Egg? We have! In actuality, we have seen many this year.

The cucumber girl is at it again.

Dragon's Egg Cucumber

Dragon’s Egg Cucumber

Dragon’s Egg

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Paisley Plant of the Week: Red Rubin Basil, Herbs, Preserves

Paisley Plant of the Week: Red Rubin Basil, Herbs, Preserves

Basil is a great plant. So what do these three things have in common: Red Rubin Basil, Herbs, Preserves?

It’s easy to grow, versatile in cooking and smells and tastes divine.

The Paisley plant this week is Red Rubin Basil. An upgrade to Opal basil, Red Rubin is a hardy, gorgeous red/purple that really pops in the herb garden.

Red Rubin Basil

Basil “Amethyst Dream”

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Paisley Plant of the Week: Tricolor Scalloped (Pattypan) Squash

Paisley Plant of the Week: Tricolor Scalloped (Pattypan) Squash

I love squash! I love it raw, steamed, mashed, pickled, you name the preparation procedure, I like it.

For the past two years I was unable to grow my own and was verklempt over it. I’ve made up for it this year.

Would anyone like some squash? = )

I can’t really say I love any one kind more than another, what drama that would cause.

Green Pattypan

I will tell you that I adore Pattypan (or Scalloped) Squash. I’m growing it Tri-color this year. I’ve had all of the colors before, but never at the same time; so this is pretty fun (and Paisley).

White Scalloped

Renee’s Garden sells color coded seed so you can actually grow them in a color order. I loved this idea until it came time to plant the transplants in the garden. I ended up intentionally not looking at which color would be where, it turns out I wanted to be surprised. It’s not like I have a nursery to paint or clothes to make, I’m just going to see what turns out.

Last fall I did the same thing with my carrot seeds. I put all the seeds that had the same requirements and harvesting times together and waited to see what was dug up. At this juncture, my OCD requires me to tell you that I had carefully listed all the possible varieties so that I could remember which were a hit and which fell short. (Phew. . . get off me cranky disorder)

Tri color Pattypan

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Paisley Plant of the Week: Queen Anne’s Pocket

Paisley Plant of the Week: Queen Anne’s Pocket

This year I am growing an adorable little melon that truly deserves to be the Paisley Plant of the Week.

I’m speaking of Queen Anne’s Pocket Melon.

On the vine…Queen Anne’s Pocket

These diminutive 2-3 inch melons are grown for their fragrance instead of their flavor. The flavor is rather bland, but the smell is incredible. The fragrance, so enchanting, women would carry these in the pockets of their dresses.

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Paisley Plant of the Week: Mexican Sour Gherkins

Paisley Plant of the Week: Mexican Sour Gherkins

This week has been all about the cucumbers.

42 plants, five transplanted the rest seeds, were installed in their heavily composted beds this week. Yesterday was spent re-stringing the A-frame trellis from last year. This trellis is great for cost but time consuming for maintaining. I had to make the netting from scratch this year, as all of last years twine had rotted and would break with the slightest provocation.

It took me about 5 hours working by myself, there are a lot of knots, a lot of knots! Why don’t Girl Scouts learn knots like Boy Scouts do? I’ve had to get my son to come do his fancy knots about a thousand times, he never asks me about self-esteem, making new friends or cookie sales. It’s not fair.

Getting on…

Loads of tiny yellow flowers yield loads of adorable cucumbers.

Mexican Sour Gherkins! They pretty much rock. The plants are small, and really pretty. They very much remind me of English Ivy, but they have fruit. Loads and loads of tiny yellow flowers, followed by a gazillion bumpy, watermelon shaped green globes that are delightfully sweet, crunchy and have a slight lemony brightness. Read the rest of this entry

Paisley Plant of the Week: Vert Grimppant (The Green Climber)

Paisley Plant of the Week: Vert Grimppant (The Green Climber)

I grow many different melons. I really love vine plants in general, I think. This has to be why I seem to gravitate to Morning Glories and cucumbers, squash and, of course, melons.

I didn’t really know this about myself until very recently. We were at coffee with my in-laws and I overheard my hubby say, “If it climbs or vines, she has it.” He was answering a question about whether I grew bush or pole beans, but it made me think about my plant selections in an entirely new way.

I do have a tendency to choose vines and climbers. I’ll have to think for a spell on why that might be, but as of now, it’s just a point to ponder.

Let’s talk melons!

Vert Grimmpant...Lovely!

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Paisley Plant of the Week: Wonderberry or Sunberry

Paisley Plant of the Week: Wonderberry or Sunberry

Big drama in the plant of the week this week. Scandal, heartbreak, a reputation in ruins, all happened with this two foot high plant.

To start with, what’s in a name?

Luther Burbank

Luther Burbank (1949-1926) was a great botanist in his time. He was said to have developed 800-1000 new species of plants. Even a fraction of that total would be amazing. Unfortunately the man was not without his naysayers. I believe there is a certain amount of professional jealousy that may have been involved with some of the more vicious attacks on his character.

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