Archive for September, 2011

Coreopsis spp.

Coreopsis + more coreopsis = sore, stained and grubby fingers

Why? Because I foolishly deadheaded spent blooms with my hands instead of using a pair of scissors.

We used to fill a pail with dozens (or hundreds?) of spent coreopsis blooms every weekend. It was a team effort with everyone deadheading a different row or section.

Those were the days when we kept planting and propagating, and somehow forgot to stop.

And we ended up with three long rows of brilliant yellow flowers.

Now, we’ve toned down a lot. We just have small clumps of coreopsis which are much easier to maintain. Best thing is, missing a week of deadheading doesn’t spell trouble. Nor is it such a dreadful chore.

But when it’s not all sunshine, trouble strikes.

Prolonged dampness causes the much dreaded fungal attack can decimate entire clumps of plants.

If you can give this perennial beauty good drainage and air circulation plus lots of sunshine and warmth, then you’ll be well rewarded.

Just don’t go overboard like we did before – unless you’re prepared to deadhead on a very regular basis.

Care and propagation:  Full sun; well-drained soil; water moderately. Propagate using seeds or by division.

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Lemon Grass Chicken Wings

I love the aromatic and succulent lemon grass chicken wings we get from the restaurant, but with today’s soaring prices, I thought I’d better try frying some myself.


5 chicken wings, cut into two pieces each
3 stalks lemon grass
2 shallots
2 pips garlic
a small piece galangal
5 stalks curry leaves
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1 teasp soya sauce
1 teasp curry powder
2 chilli padi (bird’s eye chilli)

Here’s how:

  1. Mince the first five ingredients.
  2. Marinade chicken wings will all the above for a few hours.
  3. Heat oil in pan and fry till fragrant.
  4. Bon appetit!

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