I cannot have either plants or cut flowers in my home. This sometimes makes me sad, but that’s what I get for having three cats that I love to smithereens. But then I saw this rather amazing arrangement in a tapas bar and wondered if it would work at casa az. These are garlic flowers! And I think they’re gorgeous. But knowing my cats they’d use them as a side dish to go with their asparagus…
These black “flowers” caught my eye when I was visiting a little coastal village called Frigiliana with my friend Victor last month. Does anybody know what they are?
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Even when I was much younger and thinner I suffered from inner thigh heat rash. Often so bad that the insides of my upper “skater’s legs” would end up painfully bleeding. I used to try to avoid this by carrying around small travel-sized talcum powder thingys and whip into public toilets to slather powder all over my inner thighs to keep them from going totally raw. After a while I discovered that I could buy curious “slips” that were made to wear inside trousers, which ended up being “trouser slips” and helped prevent chafing.
This past week we went from May (22º) to July (34º) in about 48 hours. Not so much a heat wave as a heat punch-in-the-face. And this morning I woke up with totally raw and painful skin on my inner thighs. Fuck.
I thought about going out to find a pharmacy that might have some sort of soothing skin ointment that might help bring down the inflammation. Then I remembered that years ago I bought a bottle of pure aloe vera gel, but couldn’t remember if I still had it. And then I remembered that I have a whole whack of aloe vera plants up on my terraza! So I whipped up there with a Big Knife, cut off a spike of aloe vera, and commenced slathering the goo all over my unhappy skin. We shall see if it gets better soon but even after a couple of hours it looks and feels much better. Coolio!
So I bought a little basil plant at the market yesterday, thinking it had rather tiny leaves but probably just needed to grow a bit… turns out it’s a greek dwarf basil plant (like this one in the pic). But what the heck, should still make a nice pesto. What I’m confused about is the best place to put it on the terraza. The guy at the market said to keep it out of direct sunlight, but googling informs me that six hours of direct sunlight and lots of moist light soil is best. Help?
Meanwhile, have decided that this is the first step in setting up my rooftop herb garden. Am planning to also grow coriander and parsley – any other suggestions? May also have a go at growing some arrugula.
I’ve got some prettily painted clay planters upstairs, leftover from the previous tenant, which should work well. But any gardening tips about types of soil, sun, etc will be greatly appreciate.