My Garden

Garden Update Mid July

We have been fortunate to get so much rain in our area, and I didn’t have to water as much the last 2 months.

The Asian string beans cover the fence trellis,

I like to make spicy green bean salad. I didn’t take a new photo and the one below was taken several years back of Lao String Beans Spicy Salad.

Lots of leaves for the Chayote squash, so far no fruit yet. This is my first year planting it and not sure what to expect.

The peppers are doing well, it’s getting to be top heavy and I will need to get some wooden stakes for support.

The tomatoes ripe about the same time and I have plenty right now. I thought my tomatoes look odd, I went to the farmer’s market on Sunday and those tomatoes looked strange also. They are not round like the tomatoes you see in the supermarket. It might be that the sun, wind, and rains shape the tomatoes. I’m not too concern about the shape since they taste delicious.

I get at least a dozen okras every other day.

My marigolds planted from seeds finally bloom. They are exceptionally tall, late bloomer but well worth the wait.

Buddhism, Laos, My Garden

Offering Flowers

I had to thin out my Water Hyacinth this past Sunday, they were taking over my pond and I’m glad that I did, otherwise I would have missed this Lotus flower in bloom (closeup image).  Then I also saw a flower that my sister Sue gave me, I didn’t know what it was at first, and it has a very strong fragrant, very much like a Jasmine but a lot stronger, my sister told me it’s a Tuberose, and some people said that it smells very much like the Queen of the Night. The plant was given to her by Mae tou Sorn and she said that you can use the flower to Wai Pra (offering to Buddha). I’m glad that she gave me part of her plants and now I have a Tuberose in my garden, closeup image.

The tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) is a perennial plant of the agave family Agavaceae, and the oil extracted from the flower is used as a perfume. Its a prominent plant in Indian culture and mythology. The flowers are used in wedding ceremonies, garlands, decoration and various traditional rituals, and I believed one being the offering flower for Buddhism.

I recalled when I was little living in Laos and Thailand that lotus flower is used for worshiping.  And during my visit back home, I’m not surprised to see the Lotus flowers in front of the Wat (temple), after all it’s the sacred flower of India where the birth of Buddhism.

Below on the left hand side is Dork Huk, I’m not sure what it’s called in English but the Lao name is loosely translated as the flower of love.

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