Some plant genera are so diverse that you scratch your head wondering how they put them together. (Okay, originally they put them together based largely on floral parts and other obvious physical characteristics, enabling one to “key” out a plant. Now, plants are moved about based on DNA.) Read more »
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 »
C. lacteus nicely pruned into a tree form.
The berry period for Cotoneaster lacteus is pretty long, clearly it is well-started now and if you go to this post, you can see it in December and February as well. Clearly, this plant calls to my attention when there are berries more than when there are flowers (not that the flowering period is bad). I’ll try hard to get out and get some shots of the plant in flower this spring.
Pieris japonica 10/20/2013
Pieris japonica, that quintessential Seattle plant, blooms in February/March with a cascade of white bells but it ornaments itself before Christmas in an array of red/pink buds. 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 »
When I saw this plant I thought, “Oh yeah, yeah, this that cool Cryptomeria,” but what was its name? My id skills aren’t what they used to be. A hunt through my old id cards led me to Cryptomeria japonica ‘Spiralis’ but a close look at the branches showed that they aren’t that spirally – but not all ‘Spiralis’ are so I’m sticking with that id unless someone out there can correct me. Read more »
Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’
I’m not a huge fan of some of the pendulous conifers – it seems sad to turn a massive majestic tree like a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) or blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’) into something that looks like an afghan hound or an octopus (google them and see for yourself) BUT I have to say this was a pretty cool way to divide the garden and provide screening.
To learn more about Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’ go here.
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 »
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.
Sorry for falling off the face of the blog world – I was out of the country. Some posts of fabulous gardens in Stresa, Italy coming within a few days. In the meantime, a quick update – pine candles in their post-candling stage – bristles.
For links to past pine candle posts, go here and here. (These photos are all from exactly the same tree, about the same angle.) Also, for a nice plant pairing for involving a dwarf pine, go here.