Valentine’s Day quiz: A small vase holds the short stem of a ruffly rosette that’s not a flower. What can it be? a) some kind of kale b) I don’t know, but whatever it is it’s monstrous and obscene c) … Continue reading
A garden book among the many I’ve read that I’m reminded of almost daily is Pamela Harper’s “Color Echoes.” My synopsis goes like this: The eye is lonely and craves relationships, and will wander around restlessly to seek them out, … Continue reading
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, design, journal
Tagged ' Plant Delights Nursery, aeoniums, Agave 'Blue Flame', Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate', Anthericum saundersiae 'Variegata', Arundo donax 'Golden Chain, Chlorophytum saundersiae 'Agristripes', echeverias, Eryngium pandanifolium, Euphorbia cotinifolia, Isoplexis canariensis, kniphofias, mangaves, Pamela Harper's Color Echoes, Pennisetum 'Princess Caroline', phormiums, Scrophularia aquatica 'Variegata', Tetrapanax papyrifer, Yucca recurvifolia
My birthday took up just about every single day last week, and more days on the weekend, which is how I rationalized a trip on Saturday to find that hitherto unknown-to-me, unmet, spectacular plant that would forever after be marked … Continue reading
Posted in plant crushes, plant nurseries, pots and containers, succulents
Tagged Annie's Annuals & Perennials, Australian Native Plants Nursery, bromeliads, echeverias, Leucospermum cordifolium 'Yellow Bird, pincushion proteas, Roger's Gardens, South African plants, succulent containers, Ursinia anthemoides 'Solar Flare'
Running errands in Orange County yesterday, I popped into the new Rolling Greens again to see if their selection of outdoor plants had arrived. Yes, a good range of succulents was in, including this fabulous variegated beaucarnia or Pony Tail … Continue reading
Posted in design, garden ornament, plant nurseries, pots and containers, succulents
Tagged aeoniums, Alluaudia procera, beaucarnia, echeverias, Fouquieria, Ocotillo, Pony Tail Palm, Rolling Greens Costa Mesa
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 … Continue reading
Posted in Plant Portraits, pots and containers, succulents
Tagged aeoniums, Aloe marlothii, echeverias, Foliage Followup, Frankenia thymifolia, Helicotrichon sempervirens, Plectranthus argentatus, Viola labradorica, x Fatshedera lizei
Unusual for January 4, 80 degrees, dry, and piercingly blue sky. Sweaty weather for garden work. Great weather if you’re a succulent.
So many contradictions, so little time. A love of spare, austere, sculptural plantings. Yet every summer I still invite the circus to camp in my garden.
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, Occasional Daily Photo, Plant Portraits, pots and containers, succulents
Tagged Agave bovicornuta, Anigozanthos 'Yellow Gem', dasylirion, Echeveria gigantea, echeverias, Senecio medley-woodii, Solanum, Solanum rantonnetii
Now that their former stigma as strictly hobbyists’ plants has been exploded by proselytizers like Thomas Hobbs and Debra Lee Baldwin, the moment for succulents is undeniably now. If tulips and bulbs are the lipsticks of the garden, succulents are … Continue reading