My heart leaps up when I behold…..and every year the excitement is the same!! But seeing the first ripe ones reinforces my faith in gardening and in all gardening-related activities. Yes, it’s the Indian Blackberry, the oldest tree in my yard.
The tiny white bloom of the Houttuynia cordata which is a herb and widely consumed in our region. The plant likes damp, shady areas, does well in clay soils and has a pungent smell. In other parts of the world where it is not consumed, the plant is grown as a ground cover.I found this ladybird on one of the many blooms of the Bitter Gourd plant. The creeper is doing pretty well and I harvested my first half dozen.A tender bitter gourd. Please g-r-o-w!!Most of us grow ferns but this variety is edible and popular in our region. In Assamese it is known as Dhekia. The fern/diplazium esculentum grows in damp, shady areas and is considered to be highly nutritious. Studies show that its protein content is next to the soya bean. The findings of the research was published in the Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources in the lead article titled Nutritive Values Of Five Wild Edible Ferns Of North East India. Steamed ferns are a good addition to various combinations of summer salads. We also stir- fry them with green chillies, garlic and thinly sliced ginger.Now I know the name of the orchids I’d posted a few days ago . Lotus Leaf (Padma) of garden tropics has provided the name. It is Aerides crispum. To see the details and her post on this orchid please click here. She has an amazing collection of plants and many delightful posts on the blooming trees/plants of the season. Thank you, Padma.
I’ll be away again for ten days or so. I’ll be spending some time with my mom and other members of my family. I won’t be able to respond to your comments during this period. Hope to see you soon! Have a great week!