Interesting Plant: Golden Jackpot® Weigela from Monrovia Plants

Golden Jackpot® Weigela 

Golden Jackpot® Weigela’s foliage is so bright, we have to wear shades 😎 Is this on your spring wish list?

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Interesting Plant: Golden Jackpot® Weigela  from Monrovia Plants  

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Perhaps the brightest weigela yet, this exciting new shrub shines with brilliant golden leaves that hold their color all season long, undaunted by summer sun. Prolific crimson buds open to deep pink blooms and last for nearly a month. A great border, hedge or foundation plant. Deciduous. – Monrovia Plants

Weigela /wˈlə/[2] is a genus of between six and 38 species[3] of deciduous shrubs in the family Caprifoliaceae, growing to 1–5 m (3-15′) tall. All are natives of eastern Asia. The genus is named after the German scientist Christian Ehrenfried Weigel.[4]

The first species to be collected for Western gardens, Weigela florida, distributed in North China, Korea and Manchuria, was found by Robert Fortune and imported to England in 1845.[4] Following the opening of Japan to Westerners, several Weigela species and garden versions were “discovered” by European plant-hunters in the 1850s and 1860s, though they may have already been known to locals.[5][clarification needed]

The British Weigela national collection is held at Sheffield Botanical Gardens; along with the national collection of the closely related Diervilla genus.[4] The German Weigela national collection, Sichtungsgarten Weigela, is in Buckow, Maerkische-Schweiz.[6] — Wikipedia

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🌼 Daffodil Twins

 🌼 Daffodil Twins

🌼 Daffodil Twins

Spring arrives in the garden with these dafs. 

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Camellia

 

Red camellia

Camellia

A frilly, peony-style Camellia in the neighborhood. 

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Bewitched Rose

Bewitched Rose

Bewitched Rose

Our rain has kicked off a heavy bloom on our Bewitched Roses. This is the first mass bloom in a long time due to the extended drought. 

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First Daffodil 2017 — A Minute in the Garden 53 from A Gardener’s Notebook

A Minute in the Garden: A series from A Gardener’s Notebook

Here is Los Angeles Spring arrives early. The paperwhites have been up for a while, but here is the first daffodil in the garden.

First Daffodil 2017 -- A Minute in the Garden 53 from A Gardener's Notebook

Music: “Life of Riley” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License 

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Interesting Plant: Cream Bush (Holodiscus discolor)

Starting a series within a series, I will be highlighting shade plants that grow well underneath trees, especially California Live Oak. I have a deep shade area beneath many trees here in my own garden and i am constantly looking for plants that can help green this area. — Douglas


Cream Bush (Holodiscus discolor)

Another striking white plant that works in partial shade, according to the folks at Las Pilitas Nursery. white, of course, brings some evening and night interest to your garden, too.

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The plant is common in the Pacific Northwest, and throughout California in diverse habitats including California mixed evergreen forest, California oak woodlands, chaparral, Coast redwood forest, Douglas-fir forest, Yellow pine forest, Red fir forest, and Lodgepole pine forest. It is native to regions of California including the High Sierra Nevada, Northern and Southern California Coast Ranges, Klamath Mountains, Santa Cruz Mountains, Western Transverse Ranges, and the San Gabriel Mountains.

It is found in both openings and the common understory shrub in a variety of forest overstories from 300–1,300 metres (980–4,270 ft) in elevation. It is found in a variety of habitats, from moist coastal forests to drier, cooler mountains of inland California. The plant is found in areas prone to wildfire, and it is often the first green shoot to spring up in an area recovering from a burn. It is commonly found in chaparral communities, a fire ecology ecosystem which evolved with burning periodically. It also may grow in areas cleared by logging.
In the California black oak woodland plant community, common understory associate species include Western poison-oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum), toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), and coastal wood fern (Dryopteris arguta).[6] — Wikipedia

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Marigold with Raindrops

 

Marigold with Raindrops

Marigold with Raindrops

After the rain these double marigolds collect raindrops that shone in the sun.

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New Plant: Navaho Blackberry (Rubus)

In an effort to add more edible plants to the garden, I picked up this Navaho Blackberry at my local nursery during a recent visit to take photos.

Since I have been unable to do other work today as we are having new carpet laid in our combination office/family room, I decided to take a moment to get this into the ground. I placed it in one of sunniest spots in the front garden, in a bed where I have previously grown sweet potatoes. I still have more than enough space for growing potatoes and I am hoping this blackberry naturalizes well and grows into a sizeable clump. We love blackberries here and, much like the kale plant in the same bed, being able to pick fruit from our own garden would be marvelous.

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Navaho Blackberry
Upright, thornless. 1988 University of Arkansas introduction. Superb flavor in a small berry. Fruit is firm with significantly smaller seeds than other thornless varieties. Upright canes require no support. Popular with home gardeners and commercial producers alike. USDA Zone 6-10.

 

 

Purple and White

Purple and White

Purple is one of my favorite colors, so how could I not like these flowers. I have a purple and gold theme in the front garden that I would like to build on too.

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