Flowering Now: Lantana


This exuberant red an orange lantana was flowering along my walk yesterday. They tend to flower almost constantly, but seem to have a flush of blooms are particular times of the year. We have yellow and purple lantana here in our own garden, but I think these red-orange varieties offer a wonderful, colorful, explosion.

Flowering Now: Lantana

Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook

Lantana is a genus of about 150 species of perennial flowering plants in the verbena family, Verbenaceae. They are native to tropical regions of the Americas and Africa but exist as an introduced species in numerous areas, especially in the Australian-Pacific region. The genus includes both herbaceous plants and shrubs growing to 0.5–2 m (1.6–6.6 ft) tall. Their common names are shrub verbenas or lantanas. The generic name originated in Late Latin, where it refers to the unrelated Viburnum lantana.[2]

Lantana’s aromatic flower clusters (called umbels) are a mix of red, orange, yellow, or blue and white florets. Other colors exist as new varieties are being selected. The flowers typically change color as they mature, resulting in inflorescences that are two- or three-colored. — Wikipedia.org

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Interesting Plant: Angelica stricta purpurea

Angelica stricta purpurea

Angelica stricta purpurea

Discovered via Pinterest User Pasika Khernamnuoy

My knees shook when I first discovered this rare & spectacular Angelica growing at the Mendocino Botanical Garden. Luckily, the kind folk who work there let us have some seed of this amazing treasure. Growing quickly to 4’ tall & 3’ across, its foliage is a beautiful, luxurious, purple-black, making it stand out like royalty amongst its neighbors. Next come the huge ruby boat shaped buds followed by large, 4-5” umbels color shifting from mauve to dark violet-purple. An absolute must have! And don’t forget that Angelicas are much loved by butterflies, too! EASY, fairly fast and blooms first year if Spring planted. Rich soil is best. Self-sows! — Annie’s Annuals

Angelica is a genus of about 60 species of tall biennial and perennial herbs in the family Apiaceae, native to temperate and subarctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere, reaching as far north as Iceland and Lapland. They grow to 1–3 m tall, with large bipinnate leaves and large compound umbels of white or greenish-white flowers.

Some species can be found in purple moor and rush pastures.

Angelica species grow to 1–3 m tall, with large bipinnate leaves and large compound umbels of white or greenish-white flowers. Their large, sparkling, starburst flowers[1] are pollinated by a great variety of insects (the generalist pollination syndrome), the floral scents are species-specific, and even specific to particular subspecies.[2] The active ingredients of angelica are found in the roots and rhizomes[3] and contains furocoumarins in its tissues which make the skin sensitive to light.[4] Wikipedia

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Gardener’s Gift Guide: Anthony Eglin Garden Mysteries – The Alcatraz Rose

I have enjoyed all of the Anthony Eglin’s past garden mysteries featuring Lawrence Kingston including The Blue Rose, The Water Lily Cross, The Lost Gardens and more. They are a perfect combination of 2 of my biggest interests — gardening and mystery.

Eglin just released his latest in the series, The Alcatraz Rose.

No sooner than a thirteen-year-old child begs Lawrence Kingston to reinvestigate her mother’s disappearance—a case still unsolved for eight years—the redoubtable botanist, professor, and sleuth receives news that an English rose, extinct for half a century, has been discovered growing on Alcatraz island, 5,000 miles from its former home. As Kingston searches for clues to both mysteries he uncovers the murder of an elderly reclusive gentleman whom he suspects of having firsthand knowledge of the rose. Hampered by a fog of duplicity and lies, his investigation nevertheless leads him to a shocking discovery, the last thing he would ever suspect: a link to one of Britain’s most notorious crimes from the distant past. The Alcatraz Rose is a multi-layered adventure that starts with an innocent cry for help, but turns into a treacherous roller coaster ride that ends with lives hanging in the balance—including Lawrence Kingston’s.

The Lawrence Kington Mysteries are perfect for curling up on a cold Winter night. If you can’t be gardening, you might as well be enjoying a good mystery.

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Photo: Watercolor Sempervivum via #waterlogue

Photo: Watercolor Sempervivum via #waterlogue

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Noted: Great Design Plant: Low-Maintenance Allium Cernuum via Houzz

Great Design Plant: Low-Maintenance Allium Cernuum via Houzz

When the weather cools in fall, it’s time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. Most of the familiar ones are from faraway places: tulips have their origins in the Mediterranean region and Asia Minor (Turkey), and daffodils originate from southwestern Europe. There are a number of bulbs that hail from North America, but they are less commonly used. Among these natives are more than 100 species of alliums. Most native alliums originate in western or midwestern parts of North America. Nodding onion (Allium cernuum) is one of the few allium species whose native range includes the eastern United States.

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Noted: Great Design Plant: Encelia Californica via Houzz

Great Design Plant: Encelia Californica via Houzz

California brittlebush (Encelia californica) is a must for low-water habitat gardens. This vigorous and dependable subshrub shows off its exuberant mass of large daisy-like flowers in spring and fall. Its long, bountiful bloom periods, combined with its food offerings of both pollen and nectar, make Encelia highly attractive to native bees and other pollinators. Pollinating insects are then food for birds and other critters.
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Video: In the neighborhood…Liquidambar stryaciflua in Fall Colors

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Historical Book: The amateur gardener’s calendar by Mrs. Loudon, 1871

Amateur garden coverAmateur garden title page

I was introduced to this book via a post on Google+ by Eugbug’s DIY Den and immediately searched to see if it was available online. A quick Google search turned up this edition, in an amazing number of formats including web-based, Kindle, EPUB, and Plain Text. A quick download and copy put it on my Kindle for easy reading at home or on the go.

I love reading historical books like like this to gain a deeper understanding of the subject, such as gardening, but also an understanding of the historical period and the people who lived there. Who knows what great ideas might lie within, long forgotten.

You can download your own copy, or read the book online, at theInternet Archive. 

Noted: Fall Is Calling: What to Do in Your October Garden via Houzz

Fall Is Calling: What to Do in Your October Garden via Houzz

Traditional Landscape
I like having options — from which flavor of tea to drink after lunch to which route I’ll take to walk home. Gardening this month is no different. Whether you’re after garden chores or perhaps some seasonal puttering, it’s all about picking your own path. 
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