I’m generally not a huge fan of yellow flowers, especially the very bright, lemon-yellow kind. However, the petit blossoms of Golden Current have become a much anticipated exception to this each spring.Continue reading Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)
Lady of Shalott (Rosa ‘Lady of Shalott’ or Rosa ‘Ausnyson’)
To say that I like roses would be a bit of an understatement. There are over 30 different varieties of roses currently growing in our garden, and we are always on the lookout for more. I see nothing wrong with this.Continue reading Lady of Shalott (Rosa ‘Lady of Shalott’ or Rosa ‘Ausnyson’)
Daffodils (Narcissus Genus)
Since moving into our home in 2007, we have systematically removed nearly every tree, plant, and lawn that was originally here. Our daffodils are one of the few surviving remnants planted at some point by one of the many prior owners of our home.Continue reading Daffodils (Narcissus Genus)
“Everett’s Choice” California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum var. latifolium)
Let’s face it, plants that bloom in spring and summer get the lion’s share of attention in nursery’s and gardens. Soooo… what’s happening in your garden in the fall?Continue reading “Everett’s Choice” California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum var. latifolium)
African Blue Basil (Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum ‘Dark Opal’)
I have a lot of plants in my garden that are “bee magnets”, but few will be carpeted in the buzzy little critters like my African Blue Basil. And then there’s pesto!
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Bearded Iris (Iris x germanica)
There is a point each year where my garden looks a little like Monet’s famous garden, and I am clearly quite okay with that! Each spring I am graced with a spectacular and long lasting display of some of the most beautiful and diverse blooms I have. Continue reading Bearded Iris (Iris x germanica)
Columbine Flower (Aquilegia spp.)
Known also as Granny’s Bonnet (because your granny still wears one?), Columbines are a diverse group of perennial flowers that are sought after due to their unique flower shape and the ability to have multi-colored blooms.
California Lilac (Ceanothus spp.)
One of the things missing from so many modern cultivars of plants is the one thing we keep sticking our noses into them for: fragrance. Yes, looks are good, but why not have both?
Narrow Leaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis)
Usually when a plant has the word “weed” as part of it’s name, it doesn’t immediately attract itself to the typical gardener as a good candidate for their landscape. But this is one of those that should be given a second look.
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Imagine a carpet of the most intensely blue flowers polka-dotting a mat of deep green foliage and what you’re really seeing is Lithodora. This lovely ground cover plant brings in pollinators throughout much of the year, too.