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Garden Alphabet

Garden Alphabet: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Garden Alphabet: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) A tasty addition for any herb garden that grows so easily. These plants are starting to flower, so I will make sure to capture the seed and put it back into the container in order to grow an entire new set for future meals. Chives Chives is the common name of Allium […]

Garden Alphabet: Fungi

Garden Alphabet: Fungi Fungi make up a huge part of the plant kingdom, but often we don’t even notice them. These fungi popped up in my garden a few years ago, probably digesting old tree roots or something similar. Fungi A fungus (/ˈfʌŋɡəs/; plural: fungi[3] or funguses[4]) is a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds (British […]

Garden Alphabet: Apricot (Prunus armeniaca)

Garden Alphabet: Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) I am not a big fan of apricots myself. I find their flavor a little off-putting, but I know many people who adore them. It seems that apricot was a popular backyard tree when our development was built back in the 40’s, as there are many, quite old, apricot trees scattered […]

Garden Alphabet: Primula (Primrose)

Garden Alphabet: Primula (Primrose) These may be small plants and flowers, but their striking colors make them stand out wherever they bloom. Along with these blue and yellow primula, the owners had also planted some bright yellow ones that really caught the eye. I liked the color combination best on this one, even if the […]

Garden Alphabet: Azalea

Garden Alphabet: Azalea I hadn’t experienced azalea much until I moved her to California. Then, of course, I inherited a garden full of them. They are reliable, relatively maintenance free perennials that put on a good flower show every year. They also come in a variety of colors, so gardeners have a good choice of […]

Garden Alphabet: Currant (Ribes)

Garden Alphabet: Currant (Ribes) During our last trip to Ohio, I was surprised to see so many wild currant bushes in the fence rows, parks and yards. I don’t remember currants from my childhood at all and I am not sure how I missed their existence, as we spent many long days wandering about the […]

Garden Alphabet: Matilija Poppy (Romneya)

Garden Alphabet: Matilija Poppy (Romneya) It is a big surprise that these huge plants and flowers are actually California natives. Typical natives here are small in stature to preserve the rare moisture we receive here. These are huge show-offs though. They make quite a statement in anyone’s garden. The original photo for this entry was taken […]

Garden Alphabet: Echinacea

Garden Alphabet: Echinacea I haven’t had much success growing Echinacea here in my garden, but I plan to keep trying. I love the large flowers and their lovely purple color.   Echinacea “Echinacea /ˌɛkɨˈneɪʃ(i)ə/[1] is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae. The nine species it contains are commonly calledconeflowers. They are endemic to eastern and central North America, where […]

Garden Alphabet: Camellia

Garden Alphabet: Camellia They only camellia bloomed for only the second time in 17 years, so I made sure to grab some photos. Most modern camellia are big, blousy things, with multiple-petals and huge flowers, while this one is simple and, I think, striking in its simplicity. Camellia “Camellia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern […]

Garden Alphabet: Grape (Vitis vinifera)

Garden Alphabet: Grape (Vitis vinifera) These grapes were growing on a neighbors fence along our usual  evening walking route. There are a few others, but this one seems to be producing best. It is always great to see food products growing in the neighborhood, but also a bit of a disappointment when they go unharvested. These […]