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Interesting Plant: Espalier Fruit Trees

Espalier Fruit Trees Today’s entry to more about a style of plants, rather than an individual plant. espalier fruit trees have been a part of gardening since and have always fascinated me. They are a bit of work to maintain, but fit in so well with certain aspects of gardens — like walls and fences. […]

Interesting Plant: California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) The state flower of California, the golden color of these poppies sprawling across open grasslands seems to imitate the gold that attracted so many to the state in previous centuries. These poppies were found right here in my neighborhood, but in the past we have travelled to the California State Poppy […]

Interesting Plant: Hydrangea ‘Zorro’

Hydrangea ‘Zorro’ I saw mention of this new variety during a recent Gardener’s World episode from the BBC. People are always looking for a hardy and disease free hydrangea. It will still do as many hydrangeas do and turn pink in the wrong soils, so make sure soil conditions are correct or treat the soil […]

Interesting Plant: Harlequin flower (Sparaxis tricolor)

Harlequin flower (Sparaxis tricolor) Another discovery from Tumblr. I subscribe to several people there who regular blog about flowers and gardening and the photo below popped in my feed. I don’t know much about them, but this photo led to me find out a but more. This is always the great judge of any blog […]

Interesting Plant: Erythronium (fawn lily, trout lily, dog’s-tooth violet, adder’s tongue)

Erythronium I knew nothing about Erythronium until I saw a recent Gardeners World episode where they did a segment on them. They come in so many shapes and sizes that they absolutely fascinated me. It seems they are difficult to propagate for sale, so finding them cane be quite difficult and quite expensive, but they will […]

Interesting Plant: Sempervivum (Live forever, Hen and Chicks, Houseleek, Donnersbart)

Sempervivum I remember my grandmother always have pots of sempervivum growing both inside and outside the house. She would have called then “hen and chicks” of course, the common name we all used back in Ohio. This was long before I was taking any interest in the Latin names of plants. (LAUGH) One of the […]

Interesting Plant: Primula auricula

Primula auricula Maybe it is just because it is Spring, but I have been seeing all sorts of mentioned of auricula in the last week or so. Gardener’s World on the BBC had an entire segment on them and they have been popping up in my RSS feed reading, too (See 100 Flower : #031 Auriculas). […]

Interesting Plant: Dahlia ‘Honka’

Interesting Plant: Dahlia ‘Honka’ This has to be the most un-Dahlia-like dahlia I have ever seen. This is a dahlia stripped to its most basic components. Certainly this is a plant for a specific place and purpose, but it did catch my eye when I saw it on Pinterest. Discovered via Pinterest user Jill Anderson […]

Interesting Plant: Feathery Cassia (Senna artemisioides)

Feathery Cassia (Senna artemisioides) Another possibility for mine and my neighbors Southern California gardens. I have seen this out in the Palm Springs area where my sister has lived for 20+ years and it does look very attractive as part of a xeriscape environment. I am not sure if I have enough sun here in […]

Interesting Plant: Red Stick Dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’)

Red Stick Dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’) Who doesn’t love a splash of red in the garden, especially during those long Winter months. Much like the red cardinal on the white show, this dogwood would look dazzling on a sunny, snow-covered day in the garden. Discovered via Pinterest User, Dave Scholten Cornus alba (red-barked, white or Siberian dogwood) […]