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A plantful day--

I really need to get an icon for talking about plants and gardening and crap. It's one of my top tens.

Went down to mom's house for breakfast today, as we are both unemployeded. She went up to put her face on, so I dug up a bunch of agave cactuses from her front yard to take home with me. These are fiercely serrated little beasts with evil thorns, sharper than a needle and curved inward, and my hands and arms are now covered with tiny little holes. Le sigh. But I picked up about a dozen of them, and gave one of my neighbors five for their landscaping. One of them is like a foot wide! Most of them are teenly little guys, maybe six inches tall at the outside...some of them might not survive the trauma of transplanty planty, but I'm sure I've got at least four sturdy plants.

Dragged my grandma and mother over to a nusery on the far, far side of town and got a few treasures. One was a beautiful plant--some sort of Alternanthera, but that entire species is so thick with common names that I can't really guess which kind. It's a lovely red spidery plant, bouncy and almost octopus-like. Much fun.

Aaaand, naga peppers. Two plants. These are, quite literally, the world's hottest peppers, occasionally scoring over *1 million* scolvilles (for reference, pure capiscum is 14mil, pepper spray is 2mill, and a habanero is around 300,000). I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with these if they start producing. Apparently, one seed is total agony for a good half-hour, and even a die-hard pepper fan eating one in a hurry is going to be feeling it two days later.

*me steeples fingers*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoville_scale
There's my new toy in the upper right. I'm going to have to figure out how to make chili or curry from the damned thing. But...pure unadulturated pain in plant form...

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hobbitt
Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
I'm getting some more herb seeds from these people...http://www.alchemy-works.com/ then I'm putting them in my labyrinth garden.

http://www.housedraco.org/images/yappa-ng/index.php?album=%2FHome_projects%2F&image=mvc-178x.jpg
spottylogic
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Very pretty space! I look forward to seeing it in the fullness of time :) How are things, Candi?
hobbitt
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Pretty good. The spot is pretty much finished, but with winter it needs updating, rake the leaves, lay down new mulch put in new plants and rocks, every time the circle gets a little bit bigger. Also must label them, I have copper signs and a labeling machine. So a certain somebody does not confuse the wormwood with parsley.

I do like reading about your gardening, it is inspiring. Plus I don't feel funny when I realize other people enjoy it too.
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spottylogic
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Absolutely :)
marumute
Jan. 3rd, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Please don't sneak these peppers into a pastry or cake, I was very much in shock finding out the hard way you had made a peppered chocolate cake =( It was good, but deceitful!
spottylogic
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Oopsie. Yeah, and that last cake I made was WAY too spicy, I usually use two chiptle peppers, but it'd been so long since I made one, I used three, and I don't think I blended them enough. I will not be sneaking satan-peppers into a cake...maaaybe into chocolate fudge sauce, though.
lhexa
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
...All part of your master plan to have the most deadly garden in Austin?
spottylogic
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
I like really zany stuff :) I'm not so wild about the toxic stuff, except possibly for the zombie cucumbers, but there's a back-story there. Mind, these peppers almost qualify as toxic.
apryl_knight
Jan. 4th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
Daily Juice in south Austin has a new smoothie. They've named it something with some 80s flair, and they say it features "Durian Durian fruit". *laugh*

About those peppers - I've got a friend who might like one. She eats things that make me hurt from across the table, and she enjoys them. Y'know, I had some Scotch Bonnet peppers a while back, and was told that they were some of the hottest peppers on earth. Looks like these beat them.

Oh, and merry giftsmas. It's a trowel in his mouth, though it's hard to tell.
spottylogic
Jan. 5th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Aww--did you make that?
apryl_knight
Jan. 5th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
I put it together using my shiny new Photoshop. *grin* I like the flower one below, too.
thoink_dragon
Jan. 5th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
spottylogic
Jan. 5th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Did you make that, or find it somewhere? It's cute! :)
thoink_dragon
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
Well, I made the icon, cut out the 'yeena's background and animated it. The photos aren't mine. :)
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