Monday, September 19, 2016

National Museum of African American History and Culture

An engrossing visit to the soon to be open National Museum of African American History and Culture. 4 hours and we were still not done with all the exhibits.


A statue of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, with a wall behind that had a slab for each of the slaves he "owned" at his Monticello estate.
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Black power salute at the '68 Olympics


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Chilli peppers

Earlier this year I scattered a few chilli seeds into a couple of pots. The little seedlings that emerged have grown into plants that are about 3 feet tall and replete with flowers and fruit. For a while I had only flowers, that would drop off (probably because of the high summer temperatures) and I thought I would have to engage in some "artificial" pollination techniques (one youtube video showed how to sort of tickle the flower in order to disperse the pollen within itself) but very soon I had little chillis all over. There seem to be about 15-20 on one plant and I am busy thinking of ways in which I can use them in my cooking.





Sunday, September 4, 2016

Taking care of an orchid plant

Last September we were gifted with a phalaenopsis orchid plant, whose blooms lasted a long time, maybe two months or so. Once they fell off, I repotted it - soon there was a little shoot growing off the stalk that sprouted buds and it bloomed again this June!

Here are some pictures:

June 10th, 2016


June 21st, 2016


I recently found an excellent video on how to take care of these orchids - a must read for anyone who has been gifted with an orchid plant! It answered ALL my questions -
why were the leaves turning yellow?
should I move it to a bigger pot?
how often should I water?
what do I do once the blooms fall off?
Why is the stalk drying up?

I cannot recommend the video enough. I have acted on its advice, cut off the dried up roots and the stalk, repotted into a slightly bigger pot. Now I am going to sit tight and wait for the two small leaves (and the two tiny ones that are just sprouting) to grow as the root system adjusts to the new environment.