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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) […]

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 […]