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Have a jolly holiday and Merry Christmas to all.
Passionfruit Cheesecake in Martini Glasses
In my Garden Sun Room 🙂
The red Begonia is real, you know?
This pine can indeed grow even taller, up to a height of eighty feet! Wouldn’t want that in my garden.
The leaves look soft as they nod and sway in the wind, but they are rough to the touch.
Just look at the textures…perfectly airbrushed by Nature.
What’s on my window-sill? Right now, there is a pink begonia which I propagated from a stem cutting and is beginning to look oh-so presentable for the camera.
Young begonia, just beginning to learn how to flower.
Getting some attention from an admirer.
The white ducks feeling upstaged by the begonias you think?
Smile for the close up, my dear.
For more blooms on Blooming Friday, click on the the link on the sidebar.
Thanks to Katarina for hosting this meme.
Oops, missed posting Today’s Flowers on Sunday. However, these flowers from my garden would be sorely disappointed if I didn’t feature them this week, so here they are…presenting today’s flowers… the brilliant Ixora!
Peak performance mode.
Take a bow...
For more of Today’s Flowers, visit http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com.
My thanks to TF team Santilli – Denise – Pupo – Sandy Carlson for hosting this interesting meme.
The Four-Angled Bean/Winged Bean
The plant is a creeper and will fruit abundantly within six months of propagation.
These are ready for the picking.
This bean may look strange to many people, but it is a favourite in the tropics, both as a plant in the garden and as a vegetable for the plate.
As a garden plant, it can be easily propagated by seed. The first bean should be left on the plant to age and dry up. The old bean is then plucked and the seeds removed. One bean might yield up to 20 seeds. The seeds are planted in a hole about one inch deep.
The plant does not require much care apart from regular watering. The blue flowers are petite and attractive. Once the flowers begin to appear, the gardener can expect to pick five or six beans daily. The beans grow approximately 2-3 inches daily.
To prepare a dish out of the beans, most people stir-fry them with garlic and onions and soya sauce for seasoning. To spice it up, we could add some pounded red chillies into the wok. I personally prefer to eat these beans raw, as one would eat cucumber. It goes well with a dip, or as part of a vegetable salad.
I always have a plant or two growing in my vegetable garden, and at the peak of the productive period, I can gather them by the baskets to be distributed to neighbours.
Note: It is said to have an amazing property of ridding gallstones. My sister-in-law heard about this and decided to see how true it was as she had been diagnosed to have some gallstones. After consuming these beans daily for a few months, a subsequent scan revealed that the gallstones were no longer there. Well, we don’t really know what scared the gallstones away, but the proteins in the beans would not have caused any harm, so it was worth the try for her.