June 12, 2014
Cheers! Amy Stewart & Lucinda Hutson
What a show we’ve had with skyrocketing succulents! Yucca rostratas at Habanero Mexican Café synchronized their traffic-stopper explosion.
We know that some agaves die after blooming, like Randy Case’s Agave victoriae-reginae.
But what about yuccas and sotols (Dasylirion wheeleri) like this one in the Travis Extension Office demonstration garden?
Indeed, they don’t die, as Daphne tells us this week. But removing the dried flower stalks can inflict wounds on you! Get her tips on how to do it without EMS to the rescue.
Sotol, agave and many familiar plants like pomegranate aren’t just for show and food: you can drink them! Amy Stewart, NY Times Bestseller author of The Drunken Botanist, joins Tom to toast the plants in your favorite drinks with really tasty stories.
The Drunken Botanist so intrigues that it’s hard to put it down to mix one of Amy’s recipes. You’ll say “I didn’t know that!” every page. Even if you don’t drink, you’ll be captivated at how plants turn into booze or flavor it.
Totally sober I was taking this picture: just crooked drunk on awe.
On CTG, Amy serves up a spirited aperitif about the science, history, hilarity, and perceptions about plants, even those in your garden. Cheers!
If you grow figs, don’t miss Amy’s chapter on that easy-to-grow fruit. On Backyard Basics, Tim Miller from Millberg Farm shows how to take fig cuttings, plus how he conserves water for his organic fruit and vegetables.
Author Lucinda Hutson fills us up with tasty tales and recipes in her books, Viva Tequila and The Herb Garden Cookbook. But what inspired her to bring her love of Mexico and its rich colors across the border?
On tour with director Ed Fuentes’ dreamy video, see how Lucinda’s passion led to joyful rooms that make her small space feel quite roomy.
Isn’t this a charming salad bar in her front yard?
And what a lucky find for this succulent “bed.”
Through poignant stories, meet a bit of Lucinda’s history that prompted her designs.
And get the inside story about her traditional Mexican wall of chairs and agaves on the roof.
Take the tour right now!
Thanks for stopping by! Next week, we’ve got lots of shady ideas for you. Linda