Banquet Piece, Pieter Claez

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

"It's a holdup, not a botany lesson!"

A lovely seedling of Lupinus
holding a diamond of water.
Will update the species when it blooms.
Yellow, I think it is.
Probably the first reference to lupins - that I remember - was from Monty Python. I have this quirky association with them, so anytime I see a lupine I will start singing "Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, riding through the spoor..." 

Enjoy several Dennis Moore episodes here.

"She's bloody dying and all you bring us is lupins. All we've eaten, mate, for the last four bleeding weeks is lupin soup, roast lupin, steamed lupin, braised lupin in lupin sauce, lupin in the basket with sautéed lupins, lupin meringue pie, lupin sorbet. We sit on lupins, we sleep in lupins, we feed the cat on lupins, we burn lupins, we even wear the bloody things!"

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Grafting the delicious sounding 6-15-150

The beautiful and prolific Kaffir lime
I planted a Kaffir lime about 10 years ago and it has provided me with more than enough yummy lime leaves and some pretty awful tasting lime fruits. Kaffir lime marmalade, no thanks!

When a shoot started growing from the rootstock I decided to let it go so I could try citrus budding. As with many things, time went by. And when I got around to this project, the shoot was taller than our 7-foot fence with perhaps another thorny seven feet heading off into the neighbor's yard.

So I finally got serious about grafting.