Nestled into the hillside on the outskirts of Busan is South Korea’s Gamcheon Culture Village. Famous pastel colored houses and blue roofs now characterize a village that was once a cluster of shabby homes. Occupied by the elderly and poor, many of Gamcheon’s historic residents were North Korean refugees who lost their homes during the Korean War in the early 1950s. Its metamorphosis into a picturesque Santorini-like hillside was actually due to a government-funded initiative in 2009 for local artists to brighten up the previously run-down neighborhood. Today’s Gamcheon, in addition to the colorful buildings, boasts statues and modern sculptures throughout the winding village.
Ah, the fiddle leaf fig. So beautiful, so unique, yet the most temperamental and picky of houseplants. I swear, this plant has given me more anxiety than my neurosurgery sales quota, and THAT is saying something.
We’ve all been there– you get one or two healthy summer squash plants going and before you know it you’re drowning in zucchini, frantically searching for new ways to prepare it. And let’s not forget the “blink and you miss it” zucchini that goes from small to harvestable in just an afternoon. Luckily for us, zucchini is a super versatile veggie that can be prepared in countless delicious dishes.
I remember the first time I saw one of my cilantro plants bolt. I thought to myself, “I don’t remember cilantro from the grocery store having flowers…what’s going on here?” After a visit with Mr. Google, I learned all about what was going on. Bolting is the process when a plant transitions from primarily leafy growth, to flower and seed production. It is essentially a last ditch effort for the plant to spread its seeds and ensure survival of the next generation, which is why it is often also referred to as “going to seed”. You’ll know your plant has begun to bolt because it will suddenly produce growth that almost looks like broccolini.