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November 22, 2022

 

Cicero quote

How Flowers Teach

Flowering plants are forgiving, and they usually give much more than they receive.

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November 17, 2022

 

Helen Allingham, Old Surrey Cottage

Rural Paintings

During the 1860s, watercolor paintings by English artists depicted rural scenes with thatched cottages surrounded by profuse cottage gardens. It was an idealized version of English country life.

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November 10, 2022

 

Lancelot "Capability" Brown

"Capability" Brown

Lancelot "Capability" Brown, landscaper to the rich and famous in 18th-century England, died in 1783. He advocated vistas that were "simple, uncluttered and restrained."

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November 3, 2022

 

A garden at Alhambra Palace

The Dark Ages

What gardens existed around the world in In the 6th-13th centuries?

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October 27, 2022

 

Parterres du walled-garden

Bed & Border Designs

A mixed border is usually a defined space with a mix of perennials, annuals, shrubs, bulbs, and/or grasses with a walk, or path, in front and a wall or a fence behind as a backdrop. A mix of plants of different varieties ensures an extended period of interest.

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October 20, 2022

 

Shrubbery, good investments

Good Investments

Shrubs are long-lived garden residents and help create the architecture of a garden.

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October 13, 2022

 

Streptocarpus Harlequin Dawn & Harlequin Purple

Cape Primrose Care

Streptocarpus are pretty plants to grow once one gets used to their habits.

October 6, 2022

 

Ambrosia, ragweed

(Not) Pollinated by Insects

Wind-pollinated ragweed is often confused with glorious insect-pollinated goldenrod.

September 29, 2022

 

Caryopteris

Caryopteris for Fall

Caryopteris (Bluebeard) has a winning combination of foliage color and pretty flowers that provide focal points in the fall garden.

September 22, 2022

 

Amsonia hubrichtii

Fall Garden Color (Season Extenders)

As the growing season winds down, there are some plants, known in the trade as season extenders, that bridge the gap between fall and winter in gardens.

September 15, 2022

 

Datura stramonium

Edible and Inedible

Many different flowers have been used as food garnishes. However, there are also many toxic plants in our gardens.

September 15, 2022

 

Datura stramonium

Edible and Inedible

We love flowers, but we should always look at them in the garden, not eat them, as many have also been exposed to chemicals before we purchase them.

September 8, 2022

 

Plants overwintering

Bring Them In

It's time to move the houseplants indoors…

September 1, 2022

 

Armeria 'maritima'

Long Bloom

Perennial garden plants should bloom sequentially. Plants have bloom times that overlap, hopefully, so there can be a series of different plants in bloom across an entire season.

August 25, 2022

 

William Morris garden

English Country Gardens

In the late 18th century, William Morris, a prominent advocate of the Arts and Crafts movement, wanted all of England to become a garden where nothing was wasted.

August 18, 2022

 

Dwarf peach tree

A Dwarf Peach

Late in the summer, Prunus persica produces hard little peaches that I have never have the chance to taste, as they are always knocked off the branches by wild animals.

August 11, 2022

 

Rhododendrons and Azaleas

Azaleas and Rhododendrons

All azaleas are rhododendrons but not all rhododendrons are azaleas.

August 5, 2022

 

Thistle

The Thistle

Some may not consider the flower pretty, so perhaps "striking” is a better adjective.

July 29, 2022

 

Hibiscus 'Peppermint Schnapps'

Big and Showy Hibiscus

There are over 200 species of hibiscus, and they are beloved because of their big showy flowers and green, clean-looking foliage. They fall into three different major categories: tropical, perennial and hardy.

July 28, 2022

 

Cottage garden

Cottage Gardens

Cottage gardens are the product of the homeowner's own work and vision, and William Robinson advised, "Let the flowers tell their story to the heart."

July 22, 2022

 

Coleus

Fillers

Later in the summer when garden flowers are less abundant, I look for foliage and other things to use as filler in my vases of cut flowers.

July 21, 2022

 

The Dahlia Dell in Golden Gate Park.

Mexican Transplants

English Lord Holland wrote a poem about his wife who got dahlia seeds from Madrid (via the New World): “The dahlias you brought to our isle, your praises forever shall speak; mid gardens as sweet as your smile, and color as bright as your cheek."

July 15, 2022

 

Blackbird in bath

Nurture the Birds

Some types of birds prefer ground level water sources also, so even a plant pot saucer can serve during hot days. You don't need feeders during the summer, but water is crucial in times of drought.

July 14, 2022

 

Erodium / Heronsbill

Cranes, Herons & Storks

Each of these three types of geraniums is associated with long-billed wading birds.

July 8, 2022

 

Canna 'Orange Beauty'

Bold and Showy Cannas

Canna comes from the Greek word spelled kanna, which means reed, though the canna plant does not have narrow reed-like leaves.

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