I love gardening and I love imbibing, so what could be better than a book on both?! Learn about all the botanicals that go into making your favorite beers, liquors and cocktails. A Wonderful Read!
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I take out 2 small dead pine trees, finish off the triangular area we turned into a raised bed months ago, plant 2 lavendar cuttings I raised on the potting bench and “hill” the sweet potatoes once again. Whew! Busy day in the garden.
Anemone are perennials that have basal leaves with long leaf-stems that can be upright or prostrate. Leaves are simple or compound with lobed, parted, or undivided leaf blades. The leaf margins are toothed or entire.
Flowers with 4-27 sepals are produced singly, in cymes of 2-9 flowers, or in umbels, above a cluster of leaf- or sepal-like bracts. Sepals may be any color. The pistils have one ovule. The flowers have nectaries, but petals are missing in the majority of species.
The fruits are ovoid to obovoid shaped achenes that are collected together in a tight cluster, ending variously lengthened stalks; though many species have sessile clusters terminating the stems. The achenes are beaked and some species have feathery hairs attached to them. – Wikipedia.org
A short walk through the neighborhood today yielded these shots of some of the rare Fall color we get here in Southern California. The liquidambar trees offer a bit of red and yellow which, at least, gives a small feeling of the changing season. Here are a few pictures from the set. You can click any image to see the full sized photo and connect to the entire set.
I have always found allium quite beautiful, and there is something about the color and shape of Allium cowanii that caught my eye especially. The flowers almost look like snowdrops/snowflake flowers grouped together on a larger stem. Maybe it is this similarity that makes me like them, too. I have snowflakes in my garden here and always enjoy the show they put on each year.
“A very delicate and pretty, early-flowering, pure white allium, cowanii is excellent in the border and as a very long-lasting (3 weeks) cut flower. You can eat the flowers in salad too. – SarahRaven.com
More information on Hemerocallis ‘Derrick Cane’ (Daylily):