Flowering Plum

The Flowering Plum is the first tree to flower in my Sunnyvale garden (USDA zone 9). In normal years, it flowers mid-February. Also known as cherry plum or myrobalan plum, flowering plum (Prunus cerasifera) is a small to medium-sized ornamental tree native to Asia. Purple-leaved cultivars, such as the popular Thundercloud, are more common in the home landscape than the …

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Basil – Thai

Holy Basil, Thai Holy Basil, Ocimum sanctum   Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info) Species: sanctum (SANK-tum) (Info) Synonym:Ocimum tenuiflorum   Category: Herbs   Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)   Spacing: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)   Hardiness: USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)   Sun Exposure: Full Sun …

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Cucumber – Hmong

Cucumber, Cucumis sativus ‘Hmong Red’   Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info) Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info) Cultivar: Hmong Red   Category: Vegetables Vines and Climbers   Height: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)   Spacing: 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)   Seed Type: Open Pollinated   Sun Exposure: Full Sun   Bloom Color: Gold (Yellow-Orange)   Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer …

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Foxglove – Dark Rose Angel Mist

Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds. Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater. Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season. Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive. The bad news is that foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) does not occur as a perennial. It is a biennial, meaning that …

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String Beans

green string beans

Green beans, also known as string bean, snap bean in the northeastern and western United States, or ejotes in Mexico, are the unripe fruit of various cultivars of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris).[1][2] Green bean cultivars have been selected especially for the fleshiness, flavor, or sweetness of their pods. Green beans are found in two major groups, bush beans and …

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Tomatillo – Purple

This unusual deep purple tomatillo makes an ideal salsa with its sweet tart flavor. The plant has striking purple veins in the leaves, and the husks are light green to buff colored. Very decorative as a garnish. We’ve noticed that after harvest when husks are completely removed, the skin becomes more uniformly purple. It takes 70 days from seed to …

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Eggplant – Pingtung Long

Eggplant, Solanum melongena var. esculentum ‘Pingtung Long’   Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info) Species: melongena var. esculentum Cultivar: Pingtung Long   Category: Annuals Vegetables   Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)   Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)   Hardiness: Not Applicable   Sun Exposure: Full Sun   Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if …

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Dilly Beans

pickled green beans and carrots

In the summer, when you have more string beans than you can eat fresh, consider Dilly Beans.

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Horseradish, Armoracia rusticana. Horseradish is easy to grow, provides pretty foliage, and produces that wonderful hot sauce. it can grow in a one foot patch and only 8 to 12 inches of soil. Horseradish roots taste better if they experience a night or two of frost. In Sunnyvale, this typically means late December or early January. But if you need horseradish …

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