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My morning read …

Somewhere along the line I fell in love with the turning of a leaf…Rosalie T.

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Today, my kitchen:

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And learning more every day:

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pics: Rose T.

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You can get your fresh produce here! Thx, REC Farmers Markets and cool blue REC farmin’ van!

Revised:

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Today!

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And …

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Gardening inside? You bet!

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FLOWER POWER!! (pic: Chef Joey)

By Edith Morgan
 
It’s a miracle: almost everything – seeds, beans, pits, pieces of fruit and vegetables – will grow with just a little bit of encouragement and some life-sustaining help. Got water? Got a little space? Got a little time? Got a little imagination? Then you have the potential for an indoor garden.

Don’t have a lot of money? Can’t go out for seeds or plants just now? No problem! Let’s take a little tour of the “possibilities” we have right now at home.

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Edith’s got some goodies growing by her kitchen stove!

I find that if I keep onions or potatoes for a while in their mesh sacks, often they will start to grow. Potatoes will send out shoots from their “eyes,” and onions will send out green spikes and develop white roots below. Just about any vegetable will try to come to life, unless it has been “treated” or waxed. I have even planted the sprouts of fresh ginger. Of course, not everything you plant will grow, but since these little experiments cost nothing, since we usually pare away these outcroppings, it does not hurt to try to see what will persevere. So, enjoy and experiment with whatever you can find.
 
Maybe you do not have a bag of potting soil handy. Have you heard of “hydroponics”? It is simply the science or art of growing things in water. For Valentine’s Day my daughter gave me a glass jar with tulip bulbs in water, that had been forced and were in full bloom, with only water at their roots. This jar, of course, was fancy, but I am certain that any of you, dear readers, have some kind of glass jar that could be used to grow some bulbs. Your only expense would be for the bulb – unless you try it with onions, scallions or whatever other bulb vegetables you use.

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Edith’s Water Babies!

If you like fresh herbs with your meals, you can buy live plants at your grocery store – I just brought home parsley and cilantro and will be cutting sprigs of each for use in meals. Remember, that the more you cut, the more they grow. With spring here there are more such plants on the grocery store shelves! If you feel flush and adventurous, you can go to one of our area nurseries and pick up lots of potted herbs and put them in a planter in a sunny window. 

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Daffies – first in springtime! (pics: Chef Joey)

If you want flowers, try some seeds now: I soak them in warm water, then plant them. You do have to be patient; while many germinate in three weeks, some take longer. At our house, every time we eat an avocado, we save that huge pit! Great patience is needed with avocado pits, as they can take up to six months to send out a root shoot, but once they do they really take off. They are fun to watch grow, as the single stem gets quite tall quite fast. And if you are serious about growing them, you will have to transplant them into a larger pot eventually.

Don’t be afraid to plant several different kinds of seed or pits in the same pot! Unlike we humans, plants get along pretty well. I usually plant garlic cloves with various vegetables, and I love marigolds, as they discourage a number of rodents with their pungent “fragrance.”
 
Don’t be discouraged if not everything grows. Remember that Mother Nature is very profligate: How many thousands, or even millions!, of seeds never get to propagate, so that just one or two make it? How many seedlings drop from my maple tree and my Chinese Lilac that never become trees – or even saplings. I sweep them up every fall by the thousands.

And (thankfully!) how many times as a child have you blown the volatile seeds from a dandelion, watched them float through the air, while the neighbors hope they do not take root in their lawn?! Now maybe we will think of the lowly dandelion as having leaves that are tasty in salads and blossoms that can be made into wine …

So, grow, eat … enjoy!

Edith is parked in A.I! … Spring approaches …

By Edith Morgan

Didn’t last week invigorate us all? The wild gyrations of the temperature kept us all on our toes, and we had a great topic for small talk, as speculation as to what weather we might have next fills in the blank spaces in conversation.

But there is plenty else to discuss: Worcester is in for some more great changes, in addition to all the new buildings, streets, trails, park improvements, plantings and other projects taking place in all parts of our city.

Two great decisions face us: the selection of a new superintendent of our schools and replacing Steve O’Neill, former head of the WRTA. Even if we do not have children in school and do not  use public transportation, the domains of these two critical institutions in our city touch us all, even if indirectly.

And of course there is the primary election on March 1 – and preparing for “the BIG ONE” – the presidential election in November.  All these decisions are “heavy duty” stuff – requiring deep thought and research, and we will need some relief from these heavy duties.

So, let’s think SPRING!
 
I know: spring is really three months or more away, but so much of the pleasure of enjoying it lies in anticipation! Looking forward to that first crocus pushing up through the ground and going out at the first sign of warmth to see if anything else has survived the winter.

During the cold months, I have been in the habit of pushing seeds and bulbs into the ground around my houseplants, quickly forgetting what I buried where.  So, about this time of year, shoots are raising their heads, in unexpected places, enjoying the warmth and increasing amount of sunshine indoors as the days grow slowly longer. And every time we eat an avocado, I save the great oblong pit and in a fit of eternal optimism save it and try to get it to propagate. Avocado pits are very deceptive: They will remain dormant for months and then suddenly develop a root first, split and send out a straight shoot into the air, very quickly. And turning into an impressive sapling in what seems like no time at all.

This is also the time when all the catalogs arrive, and even though I am on a 70 X 70 foot lot, mostly occupied by my house, I still start out with high hopes every spring and try to whittle away at the grass more and more each year to make room for gardening. 

The catalogs are crammed full of eye-dazzling photos and mouth-watering pictures and ideas for growing things in so many ways, there is scarcely any home that cannot accommodate SOME kind of growing thing.
 
Remember the “Victory Gardens” of World War II? It was patriotic to grow things in every nook and cranny and almost every American tried some kind of gardening. Would this not be a great time to bring back that idea?  The Regional Environmental Council (REC) does such a great job of helping Worcester neighborhoods. REC staff and volunteers teach young people to grow, plant and produce their own food. We should all help and follow their example.

A great weekend at WAM! Today! At the Worcester Art Museum! Flora in Winter WOW class! … FREE Admission to FLORA IN WINTER before noon!

I want to be at WAM today experiencing their FLORA IN WINTER! It’s just for this weekend! So be there! … Beautiful flowers and floral displays to complement the art … Plus a class or two and a concert, if you’re so inclined. With all the snow, I long to see green and pops of COLOR!  – R. T.

The Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury St.

508.799.4406

FREE ADMISSION to museum and FLORA IN WINTER up until noon this Saturday.

(This holds true for every Saturday!)

Today’s class: The Wow Factor:

Flower Ideas for your Next Party with Bill Taylor Designs

TODAY! Saturday, January 31

10:30 am -1 pm

or 1:30 pm – 4 pm

(first 30 minutes: coffee/tea and pastries/cookies; presentation followed by Flora Tour)

Conference Room/Galleries
$40 WAM Members; $60 nonmembers (includes Museum admission)

For more information, call 508.793.4333

Begin your Flora experience with coffee and pastries, followed by a dynamite presentation by Bill Taylor. A native of Sonoma, California, Bill Taylor is a floral design professional with over 30 years of experience. For 16 years he owned Taylor’s of Sonoma, where he created flowers for the Disney family, among other local celebrities. Taylor has taught floral design at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada, as well as through classes in Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Japan. His work has appeared in shelter magazines and floral trade publications, including Flowers&, Florists’ Review Magazine, and Floriology. 

For his lecture demonstration, Bill Taylor will create and show floral designs complete with ideas for your table and your house, loaded with fun and creativity for your next party or holiday or event.

His shows are not to be missed. He will WOW you!

 Flower arrangements will be made in front of your eyes and raffled off-this is not to be missed!

You will then join a docent and tour the galleries learning inside details about the art and arrangements at Flora.

Come early and stay late-take in the expansive collection and the wonders of Flora.

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TOMORROW, SUNDAY, FEB. 1 –

FREE activity for kids of all ages! Origami Flowers!

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

and 12:30 -1:30 pm

Museum Library

Free with Museum admission!

Join our beloved faculty member, Harou Shiga, for an interactive drop-in origami-making session.

Space is limited and is first-come, first-served.

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CONCERT – Sunday, Feb. 1!

Flora Concert:
Shrewsbury High School Women’s Choir & A Cappella Choir /
The Master Singers To Go

2 pm

Renaissance Court

Free with Museum admission.

We welcome back for the fifth year the Shrewsbury High School Women’s Choir under the direction of Michael Lapomardo. We are also pleased to present Flora The Master Singers To Go under the direction of interim conductor Andrea Cook. These two outstanding organizations will fill the Renaissance Court with memorable musical selections.