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Growing ? It's time to check if you have any garlic scapes, because if you don't take them off, you'll end up with small bulbs in the ground.

Short blogpost with detailed pictures on what to do.

:garlic: :garlic: :garlic:

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I realise I've never stated this clearly, so I will now. Please call me out/let me know, if I've said or inferred anything that is racist, ableist, anti-trans etc. I'm trying really hard to unlearn white supremacy, stop using ableist language etc, but I'm going to make mistakes. I'd rather know, so I can change that language/behaviour.

🌼 Updated my permapeople list again! 🌱

So, if you're living inside the EU and want to swap some seeds, just drop me a message!

#seeds #seedswap #gardening #plants @plants

Here's another wonderful plant: yarrow, Achillea filipendulina

Yarrow has several species native to the US and Eurasia. It is commonly cultivated and can become invasive. It's pest and drought resistant, and great for pollinators. As an astringent, has many herbal medicinal uses, like fevers, sunburns, cuts, swelling, or for things like relaxing. It contains bitter tannins and can be toxic to some animals. It can be eaten in salads and used as a hop replacement in beer.

Achillea comes from Achilles, who uses yarrow to stop the bleeding of his soldiers. (TIL: Achilles was an herbalist!)

@plants #florespondence

Introducing: The beefsteak plant, Perilla frutescens

Aka: wild basil, rattlesnake weed, shiso, perilla

I saw a bunch of plants today, but when I saw this one, I knew it'd be the one I'd share once I saw the name.

Beefsteak plant is not actually beef tasting, though it is used a lot in Asian cooking, such as a tea or dried and salted. It is high in omega-3, aromatic, mucilaginous (think okra), and believed to have many health benefits. The oil can also be used in lacquer or fuel. It is native to the Himalayas and Southeast Asia.

The name actually comes from the color. Rattlesnake comes from the rattling of dried seed capsules.

It is invasive across the eastern half of the US and there seems to be a lot of sightings in the Maryland area. They can be toxic to cattle and horses and stuff so, don't put them in your hay.

@plants #florespondence

wild flowers 

It's so warm outside the flowers had already begun to wilt when I sat down to make the wreath. :blobcatsleep: I was starting to wilt too tbh so it's a little messy, but it's a wreath and it was a relaxing couple of hours outdoors. :blobcatmmm:

#florespondence #garden #nature #MidsummersEve

Hey! Remember to wear a mask! There's a huge surge right now, so if you are going out today at around 6:30 for no particular reason, make sure to wear a good quality face-mask like an N-95 if you have one. You are not specially immune to the plague!

My friend Quinn who got discriminated against by Starbucks and lost her job has gotten it in this latest wave, having already been boosted too.

Her #GoFundMe is here if you're interested. It would be nice if she got out of quarantine and there was some good fucking news for once.

This is a great thread, from birdsite, by botanist Sophie Leguil, on 'wildflower seed mixes' that are often sold for 'wildflower' meadows.

TLDR: most of them aren't wildflowers and nor are they meadows. But it is worth a read!


seeding on the solstice

a quiet few moments in the garden to capture the light on the longest day.

#florespondence #photography

🤔 What's wrong with this picture...?

...The flower should only have three petals! 😁 (#Tradescantia spathacea 'Vittata')

#florespondence @plants

We've had a complete lack of sunshine, so Mom's day lilies took forever to open, but they are finally here in all their magenta glory!

#florespondence #gardening

Aaa pretty pink flowers. I’m not sure what these are called but they’re very pretty. #florespondence

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