Did not reply to many comments left on my blog.
Did not write a July 8, 2013 Harvest Monday post.
Did not visit nor left comments on blogs I follow.
So what did I do?
I spent a whole week in Toronto, Canada.
I had my computer with me, had access to internet services and had planned to do some blogging, but one of my kids was hogging the bandwidth preventing me from logging on and when I did manage to log on, my computer was so frustratingly slooooow, decided to shut it down.
Would you believe I arrived home to phone and internet issues!!!!! Problems were solved very late Tuesday afternoon. All appears to be in good working order now and am going to try to catch up. Should make “catch up” my middle name.
Had the opportunity to spend time with the lovely and delightful Toronto blogger, Eva of Kitchen Inspirations. I have been following Eva’s blog for some time now. She is a foodie with sophisticated palate, loves to cook and entertain. Check out her recipes at Kitchen Inspirations, you would enjoying duplicating them in your own kitchen.
We arranged to meet downtown for dinner on Wednesday at La Societe. This was our first face to face meeting but I recognized Eva right away. We talked and talked, it was like we were old friends, time flew by, it was late and poor Eva had to go to work the next day. Hope she did not fall asleep on the job. Eva promised to visit the Hudson Valley with her husband and I am sooooo looking forward to their visit.
La Societe is a short distance from the Royal Ontario Museum, since I was early, decided to stop in. Found out that ROM’s special exhibit for 2014 is The Forbidden City. Definitely visiting then. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to meet Barb of Profiteroles & Ponytails. Barb, another Toronto blogger, was going to join us but last minute work load prevented her from getting away.
This agave americana variegated, also known as the century plant, sat in the cacti green house in the conservatory at Allan Gardens for 50 years (its estimated age is 75) not doing much until March of this year when gardeners at the conservatory noticed a shoot appearing at the plant’s center, in no time it shot up to the glass ceiling. Faced with a dilemma (March is still quite cold in Toronto, but the flower spike (shoot) was bending and the plant would die if not allowed to grow straight). The conservatory took a chance and cut a hole in the glass ceiling large enough for the flower spike to grow through, and grew it did, see photos below.
(All the photos below were taken by my daughter, Kathy, who is a better photographer than I. Thank you Kathy. You may need to click on photos to enlarge.)
Agave Americana variegated
This agave plant sat in the cacti green house for 50 years and did nothing until March of this year when a shoot appeared in the center of the plant.
The agave flower spike looks like a giant asparagus
Was hoping it would have some flowers when we visited, but there was none yet.
Hundreds and hundreds of yellow flowers should be appearing (from the bottom of the flower spike up) pretty soon. After flowering, the plant will die. Wondering if baby agave will grow at the base of the mother plant.
This is one mother (though a late bloomer) who broke through the glass ceiling.
The hole in the glass ceiling
2 views from the outside
Went shopping at Bulk Barn with my sister and found black quinoa and black beluga lentils. I have seen red quinoa and white quinoa but this is the first time I came across black quinoa, had to buy some. Black beluga lentils is not available where I live, so again I had to buy some. Wished I had purchased more of each.
Will write about the other plants in the Conservatory when I have the photos organized.
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