Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Gratifying Greenery

I tend to post a lot of pictures of showy flowers, but there is also a lot of satisfaction in observing the vegetative growth of plants and the swelling of fruit and setting of seeds. This is especially true, of course, of useful plants like herbs, spices, and grains. Here are a few that are doing well for me right now:

Tulsi or holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)

A baby pandan plant (Pandanus amaryllifolius)

Curry leaf (Murraya koenigii)

'India Jvala' hot pepper (Capsicum annuum 'India Jvala')

'M-101' rice (Oryza sativa 'M-101'), a modern Californian variety that is doing very well this year

The 'Duborskian' rice has been harvested, though due to very hot and dry weather while it was flowering and we were away in Malaysia, its yield is quite poor this year, with lots of blanks on almost every stalk. 'M-101', which was blooming just as we got back three weeks ago and is starting to ripen now appears to be doing much better. 'Hmong Sticky' is just about to begin heading, as are a few plants which I think are yet another variety - though I have lost track of whether those particular ones were 'Koshihikari', 'Carolina Gold', or 'Charleston Gold'. Hopefully at least a few heads will have a chance to develop properly, in which case it should be easy to tell the variety by the shape and color of the grains.


  1. You have lots of tropical plants. So interesting!

    1. Yeah... I am a bit in denial about living in a place with cold winters...


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