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PYRUS pyrifolia (Asian Pear) | © James H. Schutte

PYRUS pyrifolia (Asian Pear) | © James H. Schutte

Chihuly's "The Nature of Glass" exhibit with prickly pear cacti and palo verde trees in the Desert Botanical Garden of Phoenix by Walt K.

combining aspects of Chihuly's "The Nature of Glass" exhibit with prickly pear cacti and palo verde trees in the Desert Botanical Garden of Phoenix. Palo verde are without leaves, but with chlorophyll in their twigs and branches.

Breda Giant Medlar  - Mespilus germanica - A relative of the pear, medlars are sometimes referred to as northern loquat because of their long green leaves with a leathery appearance. Breda Giant is self fertile, late blooming with showy white flowers and the tree is long lived and dwarf. Fruits are harvested firm, when leaves start falling in late fall. The flesh turns soft and has an applesauce cinnamon like flavor. Also called nespola in Italy.

Medlar Fruit--medieval novelty with a complex flavor

Medlar fruit, Orange, Australia

Foraging Through Orange

Medlar fruit, Orange, Australia

How to grow Szechuan pepper and make Chinese five spice | Life and style | theguardian.com  Szechuan pepper. Photograph: Mark Diacono

How to grow Szechuan pepper and make Chinese five spice

The livid red berries of the Szechuan pepper grow happily in temperate areas and are a delightful alternative to black pepper

HOMO SUM, HUMANI NIHIL A ME ALIENUM PUTO ALL COLOURS OF THE MIND My black&white blog:...

iris, my mother's, grandmother's, and great grandmother's favorite flower.my mother often sent me off to school with a bouquet wrapped in tin foil for my teacher.

Japanese wineberries ripen from green, via orange to red in clusters

Japanese wineberries ripen from green, via orange to red in clusters

Aronia x prunifolia

Aronia x prunifolia - appelbes

Ripe fruit of medlar tree ready to be picked in early fall

Home gardeners often give up on fruit fast when they find out how hard it can be to grow a decent apple or peach. What not many realize is that there are lot of

How to Dry Herbs

How to Dry Herbs - Enjoy home-grown summer flavor all year by learning how to dry herbs! Find various methods and helpful tips for how to dry fresh herbs, and how to make a fragrant fire starter after drying fresh herbs.

Black mondo grass with silver foliage  Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens': Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' (black grass) planted with the Bergenia at the front. Evergreen and summer flowering.

Роджерсия бузинолистная (Rodgersia henrici)

Роджерсия бузинолистная (Rodgersia henrici)