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Throwback Thursday: White Wonder Cucumber

Throwback Thursday: White Wonder Cucumber

If you have been reading The Paisley Carrot for a while now, you know I’m crazy for cucumbers. If you are just tuning in you should know, I’m crazy for cucumbers. I really love growing cucumbers of any sort, but this year I have a new (to me) variety that is trying to pry top accolades from the tendril grip of the Lemon Cuke.

This brilliant new (to me) garden star is the White Wonder Cucumber. Today it’s the throwback.

White Wonder Cucumber

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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

Throwback Thursday: Honeysuckle

Throwback Thursday: Honeysuckle

Every time I step outside these days I’m taken aback by the heady smell of the honeysuckle wafting from the woods adjacent our property.

I love the woods by our house for many reasons. 1. They provide a nice barrier from the commercial businesses on the other side.  2. They make a wind break from the strong wind that blows over the lake. 3. They provide shelter for wildlife. 4. They make a sound barrier for the traffic from the highway. 5. They are chock full of the most delicious smelling honeysuckle.

It’s the last bit I’m talking about today.

Japanese Honeysuckle growing in the woods by the house.

Honeysuckle is a shrub Honeysuckle is also a vine. We are lucky enough to have three different kinds of Honeysuckle by the house. I love that at different parts of the day, the smell is different. I can’t help but wonder if the scents are sending different signals. This is not scientific, just the musings of a sensitive nose. ; )

In the morning there is a light, fruity almost citrus smell. About noon, there is a stronger, more wild honey sweet smell. Then, around six, there is the strongest smell of all. This is the intoxicating, permeating, vanilla bourbon yumminess.

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Paisley Plant of the Week: Jelly Melon

Paisley Plant of the Week: Jelly Melon

Kiwano or Jelly melon

What is this thing? Roughly the size and shape of an oblong personal melon of some kind. But, then it’s “horned” and bumpy, and well, it’s orange. Open it up and, woah Nellie, it’s green! Bright green! Is this someones idea of a garden joke? Sort of.

In Africa, where it originates, it is called “gaka” or “gakachika”. It can be called kiwano, melano, horned melon, English tomato, or cherie. It has many names. I think it’s because it’s kind of hard to peg. It can be eaten while it is still green, allowed to ripen to it’s full bright yellow and orange or at any stage in between.

Fruit from Outer Space?

It’s called a melon, but it’s really a cucumber. It’s kind of big like a melon, but inside it looks like a cucumber and it’s banana, citrus, cucumber, zucchini flavor all at once will have you wondering just what is this thing?

I love the Jelly Melon for a few reasons.

  1. It bears smallish size melons, perfect for a trellis.
  2. It’s interesting color and texture provides imaginative decoration in the garden and in the kitchen.
  3. It’s good in juice, you can also make a jam with it.
  4. It is extremely productive.
  5. You can pick the fruit small and pickle them.
  6. It’s high in antioxidants, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, B6,  and and has about 2g of fiber when you eat it skin and all. That’s pretty nutritious for one fruit Read the rest of this entry

Throwback Thursday: Morning Glory

Throwback Thursday: Morning Glory

Picture this…

Trailing emerald green vines of perfect heart shaped leaves winding their way up, stretching to the sun, reaching up to glory. Quietly unfolding brilliant azure disks, velvety orbs of stunning cerulean grandeur, beckoning sapphire treasures.

Heavenly Blue climber

Okay, they’re morning glories. But aren’t they beautiful? I mean, seriously, they’re stunning.

I love everything about morning glories. I love that these guys will just do their thing whether you watch them or not. But who can help but watch them?

When roses say, “Treat me nice and I’ll put on a show for you. “Morning glories say, “It’s whatever, I put on a show for me.” (I suppose if your plants are literally speaking to you, it may be time to adjust your medication, but that’s another post for another day.)

Today is for the morning glory.

Grandpa Ott

There are a zillion varieties, many colors and even different shapes and sizes. All of them are beautiful in their own way.

Some things you need to take in consideration when choosing your variety, length of vines, foliage virility. In other words if you want a mannerly morning glory that will fill out your fan trellis and stay put, choose a variety that plays that way. Some are very obedient, but others are impetuous and not content to only go where you want, you need to prepare for that and be ready to discipline them or let them go if you have the space.

Some can grow 15-20 feet in practically no time at all. They can make a great pergola specimen, a shabby- chic country porch addition, and adds heirloom charm to any outdoor space.

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Paisley Plant of the Week: Rich Sweetness Melon

Paisley Plant of the Week: Rich Sweetness Melon

“Why don’t melons get married? Because they can’t elope.”

When we moved to the Flint house, there was already a small garden in place. It was very small, but I really did love it. I loved it so much that I could completely forgive everything I gave up to come here. A soaking tub, gone. Marble counters, cherry over sized cabinets, history. My beautiful, glorious, sink down in neck deep water every single stinkin’ day soaking tub, a memory.

We arrived in East Texas, I immediately love the idea of being so close to my relatives. We’re less than an hour from all of the Parsnips immediate family and most of the extended. We’re close, but not really too close, if you know what I mean.

We live on a peninsula of the lake, there is not really a reason for anyone to “just drop by”. You wouldn’t be “in the neighborhood” unless you were taking the jet ski out, in which case you’re welcome to drop in first.

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