Pasta, Catkins, and Roses oh my!

 It’s pasta for dinner, and everything coming up roses in this episode of Plantrama. Ellen shares her nettle pasta recipe, and C.L. talks about a quick way to use any garden greens with linguine. We discuss the highs and lows of growing roses, and end by answering a listener’s question about catkins.

:37 What’s For Dinner:  A go-to garden or foraged pasta.
6:55 Eat/Drink/Grow:   Roses.
24:50 Love Letters and Questions: Diedre asked What is a catkin?

Ellen’s recipe for nettle malfatti
C.L.’s Recipe for pasta with Garden Greens.

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Shrub roses, aka landscape roses, are usually very disease resistant and repeat flowering. This one is the Pink Splash Flower Carpet rose from Anthony Tessalaar Plants.


This is a Climbing America rose. Roses don’t actually “climb” (except, perhaps the wild invasive Rosa multiflora, which does scramble up into trees) but they are plants that have long canes that can be tied to trellises, arbors, and buildings, or draped over fences. Some climbing roses make canes up to 20 feet long, while others top out at about ten feet.

These are the catkins on the Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick plant – which is actually a contorted filbert. They appear in the winter, and are especially lovely when coated with frost, snow or ice.


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