SPICE IT UP
There was so much to tell with the story of this spice that I had to split it up into two parts.
I'm talking with Ian Hemphill, owner of www.herbies.com.au
Let’s find out.
Plenty of tips on how best to use real vanilla in cooking plus a why not make a vanilla flavoured rum?
- Choose your favourite Jamaican rum to which you add 1 vanilla bean and 1 cinnamon quill.
- Infuse for 1 1/2 - 2 weeks.
- Remove vanilla bean and cinnamon and you will be left with a transformed flavour that equals botrytis semillon.
Guaiacol is a fragrant liquid obtained by distilling wood-tar creosote or guaiac (resin from the guaiacum tree).
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- Horseradish is a perennial to 1.5m high above ground but below ground there is a parsnip like tapering, fleshy taproot to 60cm long and 5 cm thick
- The above ground parts look like lime-green large rough textured leaves, 30-90 cm long, so that’s about 1-3 ruler lengths.
- The edges of the leaves are extremely saw toothed, or serrated and as botanists would say, leaves with toothed margins.
- Horseradish has white flowers in the middle of summer to mid-autumn.
- Plant your horseradish in a permanent position and don’t disturb it because new plants will spring up from any broken roots and will quickly spread throughout the garden bed.
- Horseradish can grow in most soils even damp soils and grows quite quickly.
So this series is all about what were those old fashioned shrubs.
But we’re not just doing a blanket five but going through each climate zone in Australia, including some of Peter Nixon’s zoning.
It all depends on whether or not you’ve got a micro-climate in your garden that will suit.
Let’s find out what old fashioned shrubs suit cool temperate areas.
I'm talking with Peter Nixon, garden Designer and project Manager from Paradisus Garden design.
- Cool temperate can mean highlands and alpine regions and areas where you get a hoar frost..
- Bauhinia acuminata-small tree less than 4m.
- Michelia doltsopa or Michelia Maudii small tree with white scented foliage and dark green leaves.
- Camellias japonica C.sasanqua, C. reticulata or C.vernalis.
- Peter suggested the ‘girl’ series sasanquas from Paradise nursery.
- Tabebuia chrysostricha-intense yellow trumpet flowers.
- Daphne odorata, kniphofia, and peonies
PLANT OF THE WEEK
|Daphne Perfume Princess photo M Cannon|
There’s another plant that has a reputation of keeling over without warning, but gardeners still want to grow if because of its high fragrance.
Now, there’s a new variety with flowers double or triple the size of the old species (Daphne odora) and hopefully, a bit more resistant to some of the problems that plagued the predecessor.
So, what so good about it?
Let’s find out.….
I'm talking with Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal www.hortjournal.com.au and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner. www.thegreengallery.com.au
- Daphne Perfume Princess is apparently no ordinary Daphne and should be on every plant collector’s list.
A definite must have.