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Quick, Quick, While It’s Not Raining

Has anyone seen little wild onions growing in their Brooklyn yard or garden lately?  These little spermazoidal looking creatures have taken over my front yard.  Just when I was getting all excited that they must be native, and was about to introduce them out back where persistently naked patches of dirt abound, I suddenly realized they may be vicious invaders, ready to choke out the handful of natural inhabitants residing back there. 

QUESTION: should I plant these mystery onions out back (they grow so quickly and look kinda yummy)?  Or is it ecoirresponsible, since I’m not yet sure from whence they came?  Also, ya think it’s ok to eat them?  (Yes, I’m aware that after the various questions I’ve posed here, I’ll never have dinner friends again). 

One more quickie: I went ahead and bought a $20.00 rose bush from my local florist/plant shop, Shannon’s on Fort Hamilton Parkway (it was, after all, only 20 bucks, and I read somewhere that some roses are native to New York – it’s getting late for me to be too picky on the native plant front).  I’ve already clipped a couple whose beautiful pink roses have quickly wilted when just placed in water in a short glass. 

QUESTION: how do you extend the longevity of clipped roses, and is there any use for them other than their prettiness?  Like, where are the rose hips and how do I get them in my tea???

4 responses to “Quick, Quick, While It’s Not Raining

  1. megan

    Don’t plant them! they are, indeed, invasive! In fact, they’ll take over your whole yard if you’re not careful. And they don’t really taste good but you can eat them. (They’re called onion grass, a type of wild onion.)
    We have a horrible time with them in our garden.
    Good luck!! xo

  2. Ron ⋅

    Yea. I agree with Megan’s comment. Those onions will take over your yard – remember last spring and summer. Make room for other awesome plants.

  3. Zoya ⋅

    Rose hips are the fruit of the rose plant. Leave some flowers on the plant and after the petals drop you will notice the base start to swell. The fruit matu the end of the summer – usually have a redish tint and you can harvest them. Very high in vitamin c I believe

    • Thanks Megan, Ron, and Zoya! Zoya, I just posted a Plant-tone questino – not sure if you’re an organic gardener or have used this stuff but I’m a little leary about it. Let me know what you think…

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