After the holidays, that’s to be expected. All that red decor, I mean. Uh-huh.
This is the kind of red I needed to see post-holiday. Arctotis ‘Killerton Red.’ So I headed to the nurseries.
Didn’t the soil photograph beautifully? Isn’t it delectable? (Disclaimer: I was one of those kids that ate dirt. Gardening [...]
Because I read Dirt Simple now as faithfully as the NYT, I recently felt compelled to seek out a vast footage of tiny white lights to festoon the palm, the fringe tree, and various other objects, manmade or otherwise, that now struck me this holiday season as woefully unadorned. Read her December 2009 blog entries; [...]
Hosted the 15th of every month by May Dreams Gardens.
Here in Zone 10, Southern California, Bloom Day finds a few roses from ‘Bouquet d’Or,’ a Tea-Noisette climber:
These reed orchids, epidendrums, have magenta blooms (trust me). Photographic skills not up to the challenge of including flowers today:
This is about as basic as it gets, squirting water out of a garden hose. Very inefficient and ineffective, yet I grab a hose practically every day, however briefly, to at least water the pots and new plantings. And as a quick spritzer sometimes to humidify the air. And sometimes just for the sheer goofy [...]
Agave ‘Jaws’ (photo by MB Maher) There’s no way I’m reaching in to nab this guy.
I’m not one to throw snails against walls or smash them underfoot. When their population reaches critical mass, usually January/February, I have snail hunts, plucking them from plants and pathways in the early morning, then into empty peanut [...]
over a bloom, a flower I’ve never seen before. This level of excitement necessitates moving the pot to directly outside the kitchen door for frequent viewing.
I think it’s a crassula. This one’s leaves arrange alternately around the stem like a leucadendron, ending in that little silvery pumpkin of a flower bud.
This horticultural enigma, resembling in this photo by MB Maher a wayward swarm of magenta bees, may be a native Texan gomphrena. Brought home to my zone 10 garden from a local nursery tagged as a species gomphrena, I first learned of a possible identity from Pam Penick’s blog Digging, where Pam calls the demure [...]
Zone 10, 32 degrees latitude, to be exact. Have been reading this fall many blogs of brave gardeners in cold climes putting a cheerful face on the impending winter, asserting that gardens and gardeners need a rest anyway. This may or may not be true, but such narratives consistently sustain us through adversity, and I’m [...]