Six on Saturday – Primavera (no pasta)

Our windy conditions finally wound down the middle of the week leaving clear blue skies, a light breeze and perfect conditions to stay outdoors – by yourself, no interaction with the germy masses. I have been celebrating Primavera (spring in Italian) enjoying the new growth, fruits and flowers developing and a new butterfly in my garden.

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This is a Cloudless Sulphur butterfly sipping nectar from a White Geiger tree (Cordia boissieri) . I planted a Senna ligustrina, larval host plant for the Sulphur butterflies and they have graced my garden ever since.

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Buds inside the cup of the Blushing Bromeliad (Neoregelia carolinae). The blushing is more exciting than the flowers.

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Flower of Little Harv Bromeliad (Aechmea ‘Little Harv’) . The  flower stalk is nearly 3 feet tall, I would like to see Big Harv.

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Foliage getting a bit glaucous on Traveller’s Palm (Ravenela madagascariensis) I planted these as much for the trunk as the foliage. I love both, the story behind the name is a thirsty traveler could cut a stem and get a glass of fresh water, These are just about five  feet tall and don’t quite produce a glass when cut.

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Dragonfruit (Hylocereus) just starting to climb a fence post. These are a night blooming cactus that produce a somewhat odd fruit, sometimes called Pitcaya.

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Surinam Cherries ripening, these are very deep red when ripe. Until they are very deep red they taste a bit like turpentine smells. A raw, piney taste. A friend makes jelly with the fruit and says it is very good. I leave them for the birds.

My Six for this Saturday. I have carrots and green beans in the garden. I might just make some Pasta Primavera for dinner. Cue Vivaldi..

Happy Spring!!

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9 comments on “Six on Saturday – Primavera (no pasta)

  1. Lora Hughes says:

    That fruit is certainly interesting looking & like yourself, I doubt I’d be pleased by jelly made from it. What a delicate butterfly you’ve got there.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    I love the continuity of nature in the garden – it’s comforting to see that life goes on!

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  3. I so love sharing your exotica, warms my chilly soul. The butterfly is beautiful, what a wonderful name “Cloudless Sulphur”, so nice to say. 🙂

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  4. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful butterfly. I’ve yet to see any in my garden this spring but am seeing reports of various ones nearby. The Traveller’s Palm is amazing.

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  5. Chloris says:

    Beautiful butterfly and so many amazing exotic plants. Those cherries are amazing. And keep on keeping away from those germy masses.

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    No way! I was not aware that you grew pitaya! They had been a fad in the Los Angeles region for a while, but not here. I just got my first bits this year anyway. I normally dislike fads, but I liked this one before it became a fad.

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  7. Will your Pitcaya produce Dragon fruit that you can eat?

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