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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.

Comments

dirae
Sep. 13th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
As the person before said, I believe the flower is some variant of a hybiscus, but I really can't tell unless I could see the stigma and stamen. If it is a hybiscus, it should be taken indoors before the first frost... they will grow most anywhere and enjoy moist soil.
mollyringle
Sep. 13th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
Y'all appear to be right. I've now learned there are species of hibiscus that are happy being perennials up here--it's probably either a "rose mallow" type or a "rose of Sharon" type. According to my Sunset Western Garden Book, they're hardy and can take temperatures of as low as -10 F, which is colder than we're likely to get. Plants as hardy as that are welcome to hang around. :)