Gasteria excelsa (I think)

Hi, folks.

This Gasteria is a trooper.  It has a long story, like a lot of my plants.

I got it as an accidental cutting in June of 2006.  I was visiting a friend in San Diego (yes, Jeff – that’s you), and I clumsily bumped his plant with my shin hard enough to knock a leaf off, which he agreeably gave me.  I brought it home and potted it, and miraculously, it rooted.  That leaf grew several pups, the biggest of which became this plant.  Here’s the leaf, and its pups:

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This is its first photo in its own pot:

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It grew really well, until I left it outside on a freezing cold night the winter we lived in St George (2013).  It froze all the way down to its core, and I had to do some creative trimming (yeah, a hack job, for sure).  Here’s the frozen plant, and the resulting severe haircut:

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It came back beautifully (and surprisingly) from that trauma, and as I was preparing to bring it inside for the winter 2 days ago, I noticed that it has its first bud ever!  I’m pretty excited, and it will be spending its afternoons outside in the sun until it blooms.  It’s too cold to leave it out now, so in at night.

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Thanks for stopping by to appreciate this lovely Gasteria!  🙂

Mustard!

My friend Mary introduced me to homemade mustard sometime last summer.  Holy cow.  It was a life-changing experience.  She gave me the recipe, and I finally put it together at the end of September.  It had to sit in the fridge for a month, and it’s finally done!

Here’s the beginning, when I first put it together:

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The actual day for blending was a few days ago, but today was the day.  Here’s what the mustard looked like when I took it out of the fridge today.

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It seemed a little too watery when I took it out out of the fridge.

…but I figured I’d trust the recipe, and *glug* into the blender, and vrrrooooom!

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VRRRROOOOOOOOM!

Here’s the finished product – delicious, and worth the wait!

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On reflection, I think I blended it more than I wanted to.  Something to remember next time.

Thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting!  XO

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