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Interesting Plant: Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)

Interesting Plant: Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) Growing up in rural Ohio, I was surrounded by maple trees of all shapes and sizes. There were the huge 100+ year old maples that overarched the main streets and also the large “sugar bush” lots where maple sap (and then maple syrup) remerged each Spring. When I moved to […]

Interesting Plant: Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Interesting Plant: Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) A lovely specimen of Kousa Dogwood found on the grounds of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin was founded in 1837 and is renowned as the the first US college to admit African-Americans and Women. Download your own Free Kousa Dogwood Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)  The Kousa dogwood[1] (Cornus […]

Interesting Plant: Giant Chalk Dudleya (Dudleya brittonii)

Interesting Plant: Giant Chalk Dudleya (Dudleya brittonii) After living in Southern California for so long (nearly 28 years), I have really come to love succulents of all sorts. The dudleya always catch my eye when we are out and about and at our local succulent show, which takes places just about a mile from our house. […]

Interesting Plant: Sunrose (Helianthemum nummularium)

Interesting Plant: Sunrose (Helianthemum nummularium) I discovered Sunrose through this post on Houzz.com (Great Design Plant: Sunrose Dazzles on Dry Slopes). Since I live here in sunny (and currently, drought plagued) Southern California, anything that can stand up to our hot and dry summer is great appreciated. I think this might fit in the bed that […]

Interesting Plant: Australian/New Zealand Tea Tree (Leptospermum scoparium)

Interesting Plant: Australian/New Zealand Tea Tree (Leptospermum scoparium) This is an entirely new plant to me. I discovered it, and took these photos, on an impromptu neighborhood photo walk a few weeks ago and an online commenter identified it for me. I believe this is the ‘Red Damask’ variety. It really caught my eye as […]

Interesting Plant: Brugmansia Sanguinea

Interesting Plant: Brugmansia Sanguinea I have always loved Brugmansia — with its almost alien looks and exuberant blooms. I typical see the standard, yellow variety here in Southern California, but I love both the shape of these flowers and their orange color — almost as if each blossom had been dipped in paint — or blood, […]

Interesting Plant: Calico Monkeyflower (Mimulus pictus)

Interesting Plant: Calico Monkeyflower (Mimulus pictus) I am quite familiar with our local native mimulus, but this is quite, quite different. The striking coloration and deep, dark center are quite amazing.  Discovered via Tumblr User, flowersgardenlove Mimulus pictus is a species of monkeyflower known by the common name calico monkeyflower. It is endemic to central California, where it is known only from the […]

Interesting Plant: Colocasia Esculenta

Interesting Plant: Colocasia Esculenta Another striking plant for your garden. Colocasia comes in a wide variety of shapes and colors, so you can probably find one that will fit into your garden. I especially like the dark/black varieties.  Discovered via Tumblr User, flowersgardenlove Colocasia esculenta is a tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms, the root vegetables whose […]

Interesting Plant: Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’ (Coral Bark Japanese Maple)

Interesting Plant: Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’ (Coral Bark Japanese Maple) I grew up in Ohio surrounded by maple trees of all sorts, from the large over-arching hard maples on the Main Streets to sugar maples dotted across the farms and in sugar bushes harvested for maple syrup. These maples don’t grow well here in sunny southern California, […]

Interesting Plant: Linderniaceae (formerly Torenia) Kuaui Deep Blue

Interesting Plant: Linderniaceae (formerly Torenia) Kuaui Deep Blue The purplish-blue of these flowers caught my eye as I scrolled through Pinterest the other day. The ability to browse visually through all the pins is one things that makes me like Pinterest so much. It is part social media and part serendipity as you stumble across something you have never […]