I’m not sure I approve of Arbutus unedo’s habit of having flowers and fruit simultaneously. I like plants that give showy flowers and fruit (not that Arbutus flowers are near the top of the list when it come to showy but at least they are at least plentiful and noticeable) but why do it at the same time? It just seems wasteful. Read more »
Not an herbaceous perennial or annual to be seen in this planting but isn’t it glorious right now? If you want a low maintenance planting for sun that looks nice year-round and peaks at an unexpected time, this is it. Let’s take it plant by plant, starting from the left. Read more »
Looking for something other than mulch to go under that well-known water hog, the Western red cedar? Try the native Paxistima myrsinites. It can take sun or shade and can handle even the nastiest of dry shade. Read more »
Attractive late summer planting. Isn’t that purple-leaved plum in the background a nice touch?
At times in my life I’ve been good at keeping notes about plants I grow and occasionally I’m really greatful for my diligence because I instantly recognized the airy grass billowing so beautifully and pinkly in the above picture but the name – anath.. something. Usually that’s enough for google but not this time so I actually went hunting through my old notecards and there it was, Anemanthele lessoniana, pheasant grass (aka Stipa arundinacea). Read more »
A summertime look at one of my first postings. This is a nice, simple low-maintenance planting, livened up by he edibles planted in the hell strip.
Check out the April post here.
Alright, I’m having a mental block. All my attempts to come up with a pithy yet evocative description of these plants falls short so today, I’ll just let the pic explain itself.
- yellow flowers, far left and bottom right – Aurinia saxatilis, basket-of-gold, evergreen
- blue flowers, center – Rosmarinus officinalis, quite possibly ‘Tuscan Blue’ based on how deep a blue the flowers are, evergreen
- chartreuse, short, right – Euphorbia myrsinites, donkey tail spurge, a self-sower so beware.
Oemlaria cerasiformis 2/27/2013
Fresh green leaves in February? Crush a leaf, take a quick whiff, smell the cucumber smell and it’s confirmed – the Indian plum has leafed out, already. Read more »
I saw some little Cerinthe seedlings starting up the other day, pleasing signs of beauty to come on an otherwise dull, gray January day.
Cerinthe seedlings 1/14/2013
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Here are the bracts of ‘Kent Beauty’ all dried up. Not so beautiful anymore but not hideous either, nevertheless, best to have pruned off those bracts as soon as they started to lose their looks. At this point, I’d wait until late winter and then prune the plant way back. Read more »
‘Schmidtcutleaf’ – October – Does’t exactly jump out and grab the eye does it?
Malus transitoria ‘Schmidtcutleaf’ – it’s a satisfying mouthful of a name. I’ve admired the plant in photo for years but never seen one in real life until this fall. They seem to be all over my part of Wallingford so clearly I walked the dog with my eyes closed all of last fall. Read more »