February scrapbook

Tracing the trajectory of enthusiasms on the blog since 2010, one month at a time…

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photo by MB Maher

2/26/10 — a wildflower meadow was a fleeting, transitional feature of a local medical center.

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Pinellia tripartita

February 25, 2011, this weird aroid had my attention. It has since disappeared from the garden.

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2012 was one of the years I planned for potted tulips. Here in zone 10 tulips require chilling, so it’s not a last-minute kind of deal. And the vegetable crisper gets real crowded for 8 weeks or so. Nice cameo by little Evie! I’m fairly sure she’s standing on a potted Cussonia gamtoosensis, one of my favorites cussonias, which grew to 6 feet in the garden then toppled. Very shallow rooted! Much sorrow and regret. This week I’ve just found a source locally at Desert Creations! If all goes well, I should have it by the weekend.

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Little Evie and the cussonia February 2012
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February 28, 2013, I documented a conversation about the number of bees on Euphorbia rigida. Lovely to see our corgi Ein and Joseph aka Joe B. Tiger! Sedum nussbaumerianum is another succulent I haven’t grown in a while. And we are currently on the trail of another corgi, but it’s slightly complicated so no date of arrival yet…

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February 2013. This scrapbook idea is helping me notice planting patterns. Every fall/winter I rediscover the annual linarias like it’s the first time ever. Obviously, it’s been a standby winter annual for years…that never reseeds!

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February 2013; I want to smell Michelia doltsopa again. (Anyone reading Ken Druse’s The Scentual Garden?)

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This was a lively and inviting family garden to visit back in February 2013, and Sadie was such a gracious host!

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Euphorbia lambii from February 2013 which started sporting weird fasciations. But now I miss this plant! Still have the indestructible Homecrest chairs though…

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February 2014 included a visit to the Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, Calif. during Modernism Week, which is now an online experience February 1st through the 28th, 2021.

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February 2015 I visited Rancho Los Alamitos with Shirley Watts — so much fun touring this historic rancho with her. I believe her brother Harvey attended the tour as well.

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Also in February 2015 Banksia ericifolia briefly graced the garden. Current banksias in the garden are Banksia caleyi and Banksia repens, both very young. Say no more…

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In February 2015 I was growing gerberas with Elymus ‘Canyon Prince.’ There are still gerberas in the garden but this beautiful grass is not suited for a small collector’s garden. I planted this elymus in the hellstrip of our neighborhood park, where it’s survived on just rainfall to the amazement of the neighborhood. I believe that’s an isoplexis leaning in on the right, which was an exciting plant in its own right for frost-free gardens before the digiplexis phenomenon eclipsed it. All of the “plexis,” species and crosses, have been short-lived in my garden — which is not necessarily a bad thing to my way of thinking but it might be frustrating for some.

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February 2016 I had promising cushions of santolina, and then the cypresses grew and grew and this end of the garden became too shady. I actually enjoy that pungent, acrid scent when clipping and shaping it into orbs. For a similar smallish cushion effect, I’m currently growing Westringia ‘Grey Box.’

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In February 2017 Mitch and I visited Jeremy Glatstein and family’s garden (#bixbybotanicals), which was covered in the Los Angeles Times in 2020 for Dustin Gimbel’s design work on their back garden.

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In February 2018 I documented the discovery of Euphorbia lignosa in a local parkway. I still have the cutting the owner gave me, which is growing into a handsome plant, and the OG mother plant is still flourishing in the parkway. Nice bit of continuity for both plants!

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In February 2019 I was concerned about decluttering the garden (ha!).

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February 2020, before the fence was rebuilt and the cypresses removed.

Onward with February 2021!

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3 Responses to February scrapbook

  1. Elaine says:

    Fun retrospective. It’s always interesting to see how the garden changes over time. Will look for that colour of linaria. It’s fabulous.

  2. Kris P says:

    That was a fun trip down memory lane with you. I enjoy seeing all your beautiful photos, as well as the critters of course. I’m reading The Scentual Garden, at least when I can pull my eyes away from the fabulous photographs. Thanks for the heads-up about Desert Creations – I haven’t been there in years and wasn’t sure they were still operating.

  3. hb says:

    Cool post. Your garden is ever-changing but always wonderful.

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