The Pea Patch Gals played hooky on Thursday, February 28, visiting the Calgary Home and Garden Show. It was a day of a lot of walking, shopping, some great food and a lot of laughs. Here are some highlights of our day:
While waiting for the doors to open, (we were early!?!), my sister thought it would be funny to make the geese come closer to where I was standing. (Those of you who know me, know of my extreme loose bird dislike.)
Iguana statuary for the garden, and a really cool patio umbrella that Mom needs. (If you are reading Dad, hint, hint.)
MMM, lunch time! We had a chicken parmigiano from one of the food trucks. It was great! I loved this little meditating frog, so much I had to stop and take a picture - well I was doing that all day - but he made the final cut into the blog post and newsletter :)
Karen loves terrariums, and this little beachy one was really cool. I hope to put it on our short list of things to build this year. I love fences that are a little out of the ordinary, and we are due to replace ours soon. I really like these horizontal boards.
But wait, there's more! A day wouldn't be complete without funky pink polka dotted golf shoes and eggplant penguins! Haha, we may have heard that a few times over the course of the day.
All in all we had a great time, solved the hose problem (we hope) in the greenhouse - we bought one of the shrinking hoses, and will be armed and dangerous with our new slicers come sauerkraut making time! (I've used my slicer a few times already - it's handy!)
Quick Botany lesson for today, my sister was looking at a spring bulb catalogue and asked me about "pips".
Types of Bulbs:
True Bulbs: have a complete miniature plant encased in a fleshy set of modified leaves called "scales". These usually have a papery covering called a tunic (and easily seen on tulip bulbs). They have a basal plate where the bottoms of the scales join together, (that part of the onion you cut out). The roots grow from this basal plate. Tulips, daffodils, lilies and hyacinths are examples of true bulbs.
Corms: are the bases of stems that become swollen and solid. there are no scales. They are often covered by tunics like the true bulbs, and also have a basil plate. Corms completely expend themselves during the growth cycles, and a new one develops from buds that appear on top of or beside the old one. Freesia, gladiolas, crocus and acidanthera are examples of corms.
Tubers: have no tunic or basal plate, but do have a tough skin that generates roots from many parts of its surface. Corms usually have a knobby surface with the growth buds or eyes from which the shoots of the plants emerge. Some tubers grow larger each growing season (i.e. begonia), and others produce new ones from the sides of the original ones (i.e. caladium). Begonia, gloxinia, caladium and anemone are examples of tubers.
Tuberous Root: is a fleshy root. The food supply is in the root, not the stem or leaf as in other bulbs. The roots do not take up water themselves, they send up a system of fibrous roots that take in moisture and nutrients. They produce buds from which new plants grow, and most buds are restricted to the neck of the old stem. This area is called the crown. Ranunculus and daylilies are examples of tuberous roots.
Rhizome: is a thickened stem that grows horizontally along or below the surface of the soil, sending stems up at intervals. They contain buds with small scale-like leaves that appear on the top or sides of the rhizome. Some like lily of the valley send up small upright detachable growths called PIPS which have their own roots. Canna, lily of the valley and calla are examples of rhizomes.
Random musings from the grey matter of Mellie.