Sunday, September 23, 2007


My lawn has little, pink, six-pointed stars flowering in it. I'd forgotten about Puddings until we moved here. When I was in primary school, we used to dig up and eat Puddings while waiting for a turn at softball. They didn't taste of much, but were juicy for their size.

Why Puddings? The bulb is precisely that shape, but half a centimetre wide. The few thin strappy leaves are only a millimetre wide and perhaps 10cm long. The flower is about a centimetre across, and lasts only a day.

Of course, it's a weed. If my definition of lawn were less loose, I'd have to eradicate it. Puddings are Guildford Grass, Romulea spp.

If there is anything that I want to eradicate from my back yard, it's the kikuyu!

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