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Interesting Plant: Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia)

Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia) As a transplant from Ohio in midwestern/eastern America, cactus were very alien to me when I first moved to California. I simply hadn’t had any exposure to them. That said, I have developed an affinity for them over the years, whether in the dramatic saguaro of Arizona or our own native Opuntia […]

Interesting Plant: Campanula

Campanula I discovered Campanula through a Pinterest post and it interested me enough to go searching for more examples and information on it. I am a big fan of perennials over annuals, so finding more easy-to-grow perennials is always high on my list. ** Shop all things gardening on Amazon.com ** Discovered via Pinterest User Rachel […]

Interesting Plant: Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia The sheer exuberance of these black-eyed susan took my breath away. More gold than than the shiniest gold bars, with the contrasting black/brown centers seems like something a painter would design rather than nature. I came across this clump of rudbeckia in nearby La Crescenta, California, just up the street from Descanso Gardens. Rudbeckia […]

Interesting Plant: Caladium bicolor ‘White Queen’

Caladium bicolor ‘White Queen’ Wow! This nearly whit caladium just knocks you back when you see it. I can easily imagine this as a focal point among a shady, green garden. It would attract everyone’s eye, I am sure.    Discovered via Tumblr User, Rita Thomas  A tuberous-rooted perennial most often grown as an annual […]

Interesting Plant: Fuchsia

Fuchsia Fuchsia are one of those plants that just blows you away at every turn. There are so many , varieties, each with their own special coloration, flower shape and growing habit. I recently saw a Gardener’s World segment on fuchsia and was amazed once again. A little research shows that are even some native […]

Interesting Plant: Palo Verde Tree (Parkinsonia florida)

Palo Verde Tree (Parkinsonia florida) Although we don’t see a lot of Parkinsonia here in the San Fernando Valley, it is widely used in our nearby desert communities like Palm Springs. My sister has several in her garden. They are a nice looking tree and fairly well-behaved in their growing habit. The trees are especially […]

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 […]