VANILLA FARM IN MEXICO
True vanilla flavor comes from the cured seed pod (bean) of the vanilla orchid. The properly prepared pod contains vanillin and 100s of other flavor compounds.
These orchids are the only orchids that produce an edible seed. The primary producers of these beans are tropical areas: Mexico, Madagascar, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea.
Planifolia vs tahitensis
There are two distinct types of vanilla orchid:
1. V. Planifolia beans have a strong, familiar flavor, it is often called ‘Madagascar Bourbon’. Planifolia is the same variety grown in Mexico.
2. V. Tahitensis is a weaker vanilla with ‘fruity, floral, and sweet’ flavors created by the compound heliotropin. Tahitensis is a mutated form of a planifolia orchid from Tahiti, though most tahitensis is now grown in Papa New Guinea. This kind is favored by pastry chefs.
LA VANILLE DE MADAGASCAR ROUGE FENDUE OU NOIRE GOURMET
Le parfum relaxant de la vanille de Madagascar rouge ou noire gourmet vous transportera vers des destinations sensorielles mémorables
If vanilla is one of your favorite scents, you should consider growing it, so that you can have your own beans. From these beans, you can make your own essence, and appreciate your effort all the more.
Now days these beans are grown in several distinct regions of the world. This produces beans with unique regional characteristics and attributes, each particularly suited to different uses.
The fruit, a long capsule, reaches its full length of about 20 cm (8 inches) in four to six weeks but may take up to nine months to mature. As soon as they turn golden green at the base, the unripe pods are harvested.
Flowers are blooming in my yard,
some in their petals display the colors of my heart,
some others show off the colors that dance in my mind,
making my thoughts rapidly untwined.
And the longed for serenity comes,
invading my being with sweet kindness,
to the peace of the earth I succumb.
Oh nature, with my flowers nothing is lifeless!
Frangipanis (also known as Plumerias) are relatively small trees growing only to about 5-6m in height, but what they lack in height they make up in width often becoming as wide as they are tall.
They have a well-behaved root system which makes them great for the home garden and for growing in pots. Frangipanis are also great survivors coping with drought, heat, neglect and insect and pest attack. They are also deciduous allowing maximum winter sun while providing shade in summer.
It is generally thought that frangipanis (plumerias) are native to South & Central America although some reports claim they are native to the Caribbean and were taken to the Americas by Spanish priests.
Exotic Food and Flowers
Flowers are so beautiful, they look gorgeous in their nature habitat, in our homes. Flowers are given to show love, passion, compassion, celebration, happiness. But flowers are much more than that. Lots of flowers are edible, like these common petunias!
Edible flowers is a trend in gastronomy, and they range from the small and delicate, intended to give just a hint of flavour, to a mouthful, without dominating a dish. Those varieties include marguerites, fuchsias and tagetes (a member of the sunflower family), large and muscular enough in flavour to elbow the cutlet right off your plate.
Did you know you could eat tulips? Club Gascon chef Pascal Aussignac’s green tulip primavera with truffle vinaigrette is one of London’s most iconic restaurant dishes. The lightly scented flowers have an earthy, rich, peppery, herbaceous flavour, and crunchy texture.
Exotic orchids that resemble some classy dancing girls, with orange-ish colored petals this beautiful flower is commonly known as the Ballerina Orchid, and as Caladenia melanema by their scientific name.
These graceful dancers are doing a pirouette with their arms raised, just like ballerinas dancing the Black Swan. They grow one by one or in groups in different parts of Australia. The Ballerina has been listed as “Critically Endangered” under the Australian Government.
Raro Negro Cymbidium Orquídea
FRENCH BALCONY FLOWERS
If you travel to France, make sure you observe the beautiful splendorous flowers.
RUE DES FRANCS BOURGEOIS
It is really important for you to have one place in your home for relaxing and entertainment. A balcony garden may be the nice place you wanted. Think how cozy it is to relax at your balcony garden.
If you have a balcony or a deck off your main living area you could try somethings out and recreate a little French balcony in your neck of the woods. Here is some inspiration for you…
Featuring some soothingly inspirational (and floral!) balconies
“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” — Helen Keller
“Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.” — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
ABOUT NATURE …
“Nothing is quite beautiful alone: nothing but is beautiful in the whole. A single object is only so far beautiful as it suggests this universal grace.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.” —
“He was alone. He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life. He was alone and young and willful and wild-hearted, alone amidst a waste of wild air and brackish waters and the sea harvest of shells and tangle and veiled grey sunlight.” — James Joyce
FAMILY OF LIONS IN BEAUTIFUL AUSTRALIA
Family, the most important thing in life. Loyalty, support, caring, no judgement and acceptance of one another.
I see these beautiful birds and I see love in the air.
The adults: mom and dad, one in the front and the other in the back. The children in the middle are being taking care of. Breathtaking!
Bird of Paradise. A Bird of Paradise flower found on Maui.
Plumeria is a sweet-smelling flower that beautifies Hawaiian leis. Plumeria Passion flowers are a familiar celebratory sight at graduations, are a water-wise option, meaning they can tolerate dry conditions while flourishing in full sun.
Pikake (Jasmine sambac)