Lagniappe: Is There a Perfect Choice?

FINALLY – some good weather has arrived in Glen Ellen and we’re able to get out in the yard and do some planting.  A lot of you know that we used to have a little flower business we called “MiniBlooms” (I know…we have a bit of an obsession with small things…mini blooms and little meals!  But we do like big cats and medium-sized dogs).

For this lagniappe (something extra) edition of BigLittleMeals I just want to talk about small little flowers.  We’ve had enough of food!

There are so many choices to make when you’re replenishing or starting a flower bed – and today’s news is filled with stories about the reblooming of people’s interest in gardening during this stay-at-home time.

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Bidens ‘Bidy Boom Bonfire’

The flower I’m focused on at the moment is Bidens.  I’ve never been crazy about them before, but I’m totally into them this spring.  Let me share a few descriptive phrases I found on all those gardening websites which describe these hybrid Bidens:

  • They’re low maintenance and high-performing
  • Strong and sturdy (we hope!)
  • They’re sterile so they don’t waste energy on seed production
  • They’re considered more of a filler than a thriller
  • Bloom till fall (I do wish they bloomed longer…at least through November!)
  • Very vibrant (well…that one is up for debate! 🙂 )

Admittedly, they’re also short-lived, but that can be dealt with.  I’ll have some impressive back-up blooms in the bed.  I’ve read good things about several daylily varieties:  ‘Elizabeth’s Magic’ is lovely.  ‘Gretchen My Darling’ is pretty fine too.  The daylily ‘Michelle My Belle’ –  so bright and bold – would be fabulous – the color blends amazingly well with the Bidens I’ve chosen, but it’s not readily available.

Just so you know – my current favorite Bidens variety is ‘Bidy Boom Bonfire’.  Who in god’s name came up with that name?  I definitely like the BOOM! part and BONFIRE! might be good too, though flaming orange isn’t necessarily a color I’m enamored with at the moment (wink, wink).

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From Swede’s Feeds via Emerisa Gardens

Yes, our choice is Bidens.  It’s ready to go.  Boom! (into our garden, that is).

And – because I have to constantly remind myself that we’re a food-oriented blog, here’s our choice for an orange-y kind of food:  it’s Orange Crud  I mean – Curd, not crud!  A Freudian slip.

Thanks to Katie, our dear 90-year-old Baton Rouge friend, for recommending this old Orange Curd recipe.  It is SO good.  Try it with the fresh strawberries that are just now hitting the market….or adorn your next cake with it.

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  1. Nancy Doval says:

    Ditto what Sharon posted. Well, maybe not the song, but I listened to it and it is beautiful.
    Your garden(ing) inspires me.
    I tried your jicama dish last night and it was de-lish. Charlie loved it, but my taste buds were a tad over-heated. You know that kind of pain where you can’t stop yourself from going back for more? Well worth the suffering!


    • theRaggedys says:

      Happy you liked the jicama – and the song. I’ve added a note in the recipe to be sure to add the chile powder to taste. I do believe that 1/4 tsp may be a tad too much for many.


      • Nancy Doval says:

        Yes, I noted the recipe to try 1/8 tsp next time – plus my cayenne is super fresh, so I’ll be more careful with it.


  2. Sharon says:

    Love your weekly blog
    Always enlightening….especially today

    Remember the song from many years ago😘

    Are the flowers deer resistant.
    Thanks & take care


    • theRaggedys says:

      Thx, Sharon! Yes, according to Emerisa Gardens’ tag, they’re deer resistant! All this and heaven too 🙂 I’ve got 9 planted in our front west-facing bed and they’re bright and happy and doing well.


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