For Southern California gardeners: Melianthus ‘Purple Haze’ was spotted at Plant Depot in San Juan Capistrano this month, a single plant. After planting, try not to move it around too much; in zone 10, placement that avoids afternoon sun is … Continue reading
Last week was a good one for plants. I finally found some Acacia ‘Cousin Itt’ in small sizes, under $10 each, to plant under the Chinese Fringe Tree. (Chionanthus retusus, as distinguished from our native Chionanthus virginicus.) This great, mediumish-sized … Continue reading
No flowers open yet, but the long-awaited beschorneria bloom stalk itself is stare-worthy. Parrot colors of vivid red with buds tipped in green. Improbably taller every day, with new subtle twists and angles to admire It passed by the Euphorbia … Continue reading
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, Bloom Day
Tagged Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea', Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue', Agave vilmoriniana, Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid', Anisodontea 'Strybing Beauty', Beschorneria X 'Martin Grantham Hybrids', Chionanthus retusus, Euphorbia, Gerbera 'Drakensberg Gold', Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon', Papaver setigerum, Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara'
The summer containers in nondrought-stricken gardens can become quite a virtuoso display. I’ve understandably pared things down the past few years but am always amazed at how even a relatively small group of pots can exclaim “Summer!” All the pots … Continue reading
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Tagged Aeonium 'Cyclops', Agave 'Blue Flame', Chionanthus retusus, Corokia virgata 'Sunsplash', Cussonia spicata, Euphorbia ammak, Fortnam Gardens, Homecrest chairs, Los Angeles Harbor, Manihot esculenta 'Variegata', marine salvage, Maurizio Zucchi, MB Maher, Mina lobata, Potted's City Planter, Schefflera 'Amate Soleil', Shirley Watts, Streptosolen jamesonii, Warehouse No. 1, Xanthosoma 'Lime Zinger'
I have these weird unwritten rules when buying plants. For example, $30 is usually deemed way too much to spend on one plant. It’s not a conscious rule, it’s just after checking the price, unless it’s spectacularly, once-in-a-lifetime rare, I … Continue reading
Spring is moving fast here in Southern California. I’ve already checked out some of the gardens on our host’s site for Bloom Day, Carol at May Dreams Gardens, and saw lots of traditional spring shrubs and bulbs and perennials like … Continue reading
Posted in Bloom Day, MB Maher, pots and containers, succulents
Tagged Albuca maxima, Anigozanthos, Argemone munita, begonia, Centranthus ruber 'Alba', Chionanthus retusus, Digging Dog Nursery, Erodium pelargoniflorum, Euphorbia lambii, flowering tobaccos, Isoplexis canariensis, kniphofia, Nepeta 'Walker's Low', Nicotiana 'Ondra's Brown Mix', Nicotiana langsdorfii, poppies, Prostranthera ovalifolia 'Variegata, Ricinus communis 'New Zealand Purple', Salvia chiapensis, Senecio anteuphorbium, Senecio stellata, Stipa gigantea, Tweedia caerulea, Zaluzianskya capensis
Eye strain has kept me away from the computer for a few days, so following butterflies around the garden has been more my speed. I blame the eye strain mostly on the amount of political news I read online, far … Continue reading
August is always a truth-telling time in the life of a garden and a good month to take a snapshot of it. The hoses have been deployed this week to deep water the trees and soak the now bone-dry soil. … Continue reading
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, creatures, garden visit, journal, Plant Portraits, pots and containers, succulents
Tagged ' Amicia zygomeris, Aeonium 'Zwartkop', Aeonium canariense, Agave americana var. medio-picta 'Alba', Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripes', Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor', Agave parrasana 'Fireball', Anigozanthos 'Yellow Gem', Annie's Annuals & Perennials, Centranthus ruber 'Alba', Chionanthus retusus, Chrysanthemoides incana, Cotinus 'Grace', Crithmum maritimum, Cupressus macrocarpa 'Citriodora', Dustin Gimbel, Echeveria elegans, Euphorbia cotinifolia, Helenium puberulum, Hibiscus acetosella, Laurus nobilis 'Aureus', Lepismium cruciforme, Lotus jacobaeus, Lysimachia ephemerum, Manihot grahamii, Mirabilis jalapa 'Limelight', Pennisetum 'Princess Caroline', Persicaria amplexicaulis, Prostanthera ovalifolia 'Variegata', Ricinus communis 'New Zealand Purple', Salpiglossis 'Chocolate Royal', Scabiosa ochroleuca, Sedum nussbaumerianum, Senecio anteuphorbium, Sideritis oroteneriffae, Sonchus canariensis, Stipa arundinacea, Teucrium hircanicum, Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea', Zea mays 'Tiger Cub'
is the one taking place at any given moment in my own backyard. be it ever so humble and jumbled, chaotic, disheveled, contrary, exasperating, etc, etc. That the show blithely carries on while I’m away is always slightly infuriating. More … Continue reading
There is a beloved, family-owned nursery in Pasadena that, over the past couple years, has become breathtakingly expensive. My now-20-foot Chinese fringe tree was bought here as a sapling they raised from seed. Many of my agaves were found here, … Continue reading
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Tagged acacias, Aloe dolomitica, Aloe vanbalenii, aloes, Chionanthus retusus, Golden Barrel Cactus Echinocactus grusonii, Huntington Botanical Gardens, Montezuma cypress, opuntia, puyas, Romagna Purple artichokes, veltheimia