We finally managed to grow some cauliflowers! They are tiny, but good looking.
And after many attempts and many doomed seeds and cuttings, we now have four fine agathi trees (sesbania grandiflora). They shot up from zero to twenty five feet in less than a year.
Also known as the hummingbird tree for its showy flowers, this is a leguminous tree that enriches the soil, occupies very little space, and is (supposedly) easy to grow. Also, apparently, short-lived. I’ve been trying to get the red- flowering variety, which is simply stunning, but they are rare. These white ones are lovely too.
The leaves and flowers of the agathi are edible. My grandmother used to make a dry paruppu (dal) curry with the leaves. However, I find the leaves on our trees a little tough. So I pick only a few tender ones, and use more of the flowers. Going to soak some whole moong and make a stir-fry with these.