• Plant Profiles

    Camellia ‘Yuletide’ Christmas

    by  • December 13, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    Happy Holidays, everyone! Since my ‘Yuletide’ Camellia, usually on the patio, is in full bloom, we decided to put it inside for our Christmas tree. With lights wrapped around the base and just a few silvery ornaments, it looks as festive as any tree we’ve had! Will watch it to make sure it does OK inside. ...

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    Mysteries in the mulch

    by  • December 13, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    Huge Western Giant Puffball 6 inches around, a Calvatia booniana

    Get down… Get down low…and see the mysteries that may be in your mulch and layer of leaf liter under the trees.. The ground is wet and I’m careful where I walk, so not to, literally, slip on the slopes. The mountain above my garden commands attention, frosted in snow or shrouded with cloud,...

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    Past memories and changing your mind

    by  • December 2, 2010 • Plant Profiles

    2014-5 May Garden Ox-eye daisies among the native wildflowers

    Shasta Daisies and Ox-eye daisies The memories of the tall Shasta daisies in my grandmother’s and mother’s gardens created in me, a desire to grow some of my own.  My mother would cut some and put them in a vase of colored water.  Slowly the dye would creep up the hollow stems. Fun for us...

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    Best Fall bloomers: Mexican marigold

    by  • November 22, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    Mexican Marigold Tagetes lemmonii closeup

    Introducing you to… Mexican marigold or Tagetes lemmonii… Lemmon’s Marigold, Copper Canyon Daisy or Mexican Bush Daisy, you can call this flower any of those, but I like to say “Tagetes lemmonii”. I like the sound of it. I say TA-je-tees  lem-MO-ni-I. I found this little gem at our local native and Mediterranean plant nursery,...

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    ‘Dragon’s Blood’ and first snow

    by  • November 21, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    Yesterday, Saturday OK, I see it now. After several years of growing Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’, I have only seen a bit of the flowers, which are supposed to give this plant its name. I’ve seen other folk’s examples showing the flowers, so I know it’s possible…until then, this Fall, I can now see...

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    An Explosion of Asters

    by  • October 21, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    Their colors are so intense, majestic, it is a privilege to be out among the asters and goldenrods and drying weeds under a hard autumn sky.                                                              Robert Morgan 1970 In notes, after seeing the first blooms of some New England asters, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, in my garden 3 years ago, I say, simply, ” Get more...

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    Ice Wings

    by  • October 13, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    Each with their secret and each with their song Narcissus lifting their faces to me Paper-white petals so fragile so strong Only in darkness can one truly see Miracles dance in the moonlight tonight! Dull was the day but the midnight was bright!                                                    by Steven Curtis Lance   I’m planting bulbs now, for...

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    Barberry Blitz and Intriguing Iris

    by  • November 1, 2007 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    Nov 1st, 2007 I love the Fall color of the ‘Royal Cloak’ barberry, so determined to get more.  As a plant-collector type, it has been hard for me to buy more than one of anything, so bought 2 each(baby steps) of each kind and color. Berberis, ‘Rose Glow’, ‘Sunsation’, Red (Atropurpurea) and B. mentorensis,...

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