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Home and garden

Thank you to those who helped expand my reading list last entry. I will be following up on your suggestions enjoyably, and maybe even commenting if time allows.

If you want to continue to be helpful, let's play Name That Plant. What is this, which hath sprouted in my garden?

Keep in mind I'm in Seattle, therefore it's probably not tropical. For ID help: the flower has no scent that I can detect, nor do the leaves. I wish it weren't pink, but since it's so low-maintenance, it's welcome to stay. Why are so many flowers pink? Oh well.

Want your kitchen to smell good? Buy a small amount of garam masala spice mix from the bulk spice bins at your grocery store. Leave it in a plastic bag on your counter. Voila--whole kitchen permeated with aroma of coriander, cumin, cinnamon, clove, pepper, and whatever else goes into garam masala. At least, that's how it has happened for me.

P.S. I had to delete a Shakespearean greeting using the name "Coriander" just now.


Sep. 12th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
How now, good Clove, our gentle host Lord Coriander bids me make you welcome!

And I have no idea what the flower is if it's not a hibiscus. Looks like one to me, and I know my grandmother grew them here, so it seems reasonable that it could survive up there, too.
Sep. 13th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Forsooth, Lady Caraway, thou art not mistaken in thy surmise! Turns out there are species of hibiscus that are not tropical and are in fact hardy enough for Seattle. (Called, oddly enough, "hardy hibiscus.") I'm thinking it's one of those.