Later this week, after Tuesday's rain, I'll be posting several signs around the Garland community Garden. It is still about two month before visitors will see many plants growing but many people still visit the garden. It is such a peaceful and comfortable space.
Here is a preview of a few:
MULTICULTURAL PLOT AT THE GARLAND COMMUNITY GARDEN
Currently we only have one perennial growing in our Multicultural Plot--a showy Cardoon but that will change. Although at the moment it appears as a stick, it will soon be sprouting leaves.
Cardoon [Cynara cardunculus] is a bold and versatile plant as a stand-alone accent or as a part of your edible landscape. Whether you eat it or not, it adds visual interest and attracts bees. It is native to the Mediterranean and was popular in ancient Greek, Roman, and Persian cuisine. It was brought by Spanish settlers to California in the mid-1800s, also by French settlers to the Louisiana Territory. Cardoons and artichokes are members of the Asteraceae family, and share the same ancient DNA. Unlike its cousin, the artichoke, you eat the stalks of the cardoon. Cardoon’s flavor is reminiscent of celery and artichoke heart with a hint of bitterness.
In addition to the spectacular cardoon, Nancy has some special and interesting plants that will be appearing in this plot later this spring. Since these plants are primarily from tropical and subtropical areas of Asia, most will not be planted until well after our last scheduled frost here in North Texas. Among these plants will be Winged beans. The winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus), also known as cigarillos, goa bean, four-angled bean, four-cornered bean, manila bean, princess bean, asparagus pea, and dragon bean, is a tropical herbaceous legume plant.