Here's what the garden looks like today (above). And yesterday. And the day before. All week it's been frozen. It all looks pretty bleak.
|Some of the plants I'm growing: Allspice, Cinnamon, Kaffir Lime, Curry Tree and others.|
But if I step back just a few feet from that view, here's what I can see, so I thought I'd write about some of the indoor plants I grow. I'm working on my Keynote presentation on Cutting Edge Plants that I'll be presenting to the Michigan Herb Associates conference in Michigan next month and will use some of the photos of the plants you see here.
|Dancing Tea Plant (Codariocalys motorius X Ohashi leguminosae)|
|This is an unusual bush variety of Piper nigrum from Thailand. Most black peppers are vines.|
|The black pepper plant has pepper berries about to start ripening. Yes, the same peppercorns you use when you sprinkle black pepper on your breakfast eggs.|
|True Curry Tree (Murraya koenigii) is used in Indian cooking and usually fried in hot oil.|
|Leaves of Kaffir Lime (Citrus hystrix) are used in cooking.|
|Allspice and Lemon Bay Rum|
|Culantro (Eryngium foetidum), also known as Vietnamese Coriander|
There are quite a few more plants in another plant window, cinnamon, Okinawa spinach, lemongrass, and others, but you might find these interesting:
|I brought this Pin Cushion Plant (Nertera granadensi) back from Florida.|
|Money Tree (Pachira aquatica), once the source of paper for currency in Asian countries.|
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Nearly all of my plants are seasoning or food plants, although the Money Tree and Pincushion Plants aren't. Here's one more, that as far as I know isn't edible, although it does eat other things itself, like flies and gnats.
|This is in the Nepenthaceae plant family. The little pitchers should be kept half full of water to help attract insects.|