I had some time late yesterday afternoon so decided to dip my toe into holiday retail. In truth, all I did was look at plants. And even bought a few. For myself. This season of giving is off to a roaring start.
But look, Christmas trees in the background. See? I was holiday shopping!
For a reliable dose of cool, deep greens and blues are the colors to choose Yucca whipplei, Agave ‘Blue Glow,’ Elymus arenarius, Blue Lyme Grass
Cool comes smooth, barbed, spiked, sometimes all at once. Barbs of Furcraea macdougalii
Cool can take the heat. (Thank you, Aloe marlothiii, for remaining flawlessly [...]
And my mom is on a bus heading north on the Atlantic seaboard to join up with a cruise off the coast of Canada. But there were birthdays to shop for yesterday, so naturally (selfishly?) I headed for a destination that included plants as well as possible gifts, Roger’s Gardens in Orange County, California. I [...]
Grasses and agaves, yes, of course, solidity and movement, so why not grasses and aloes? A youngish Aloe marlothii and the evergreen cold blue steel blades of Blue Oat Grass, Helicotrichon sempervirens.
I can’t imagine keeping a plant in the garden with really awful leaves. Even so, participating in Pam’s Foliage Followup to [...]
Where were we? I’ve been working at the day job like a navvy, trying to clear some time for spring garden visits, shows and whatnot. But the garden in March initiates a measured sequence of distractions, which can really mess with the most resolute work ethic. (I think “resolute” was a one-word self-description used by [...]
Ah, the synergy of pots and garden. Apart from the infinite aesthetic considerations, from a practical standpoint, pots can render any garden effectively zoneless or, as in my very small garden, they can stretch available planting space. In a process I repeat over and over, a prized, rare agave is finally taken down from its [...]