26 December 2009 17:42:47
Great Christmas pressies again this year, crystal, jewellery, cosmetics, confectionary etc. Disappointing amount of garden-related gifts though. Kim gave me, as a little extra with my pressie, 2 pods containing Golden Berry seeds, and Mimosa.
These seed pods contain all you need to grow the seeds. Golden Berry (Physalis pruinosa) is a 'frost tender' so they will be grown in pots and kept in the greenhouse over the summer. Mimosa pudica (pudica is Latin for shy or bashful). This is also called the Sensitive Plant. The leaflets fold up in a most spectacular manner when touched or blown by the wind. Run your hand over the plant and the leaves will fold up and the leaf stalk will drop as if on a hinge. The movements are quickest with youngest plants, in bright sunshine. (Let's hope we get some). They return to their normal conditions in a few minutes. This is a bushy mat-forming annual.