Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)

20181126_195709Salvias (sages) are a wide-ranging group of plants native to a variety of habitats around the world.  What they seem to have in common are brightly colored, tubular shaped flowers that hummingbirds and butterflies just love.  This particular Sage is no exception, and has the added bonus of sweet smelling leaves that give off a pineapple scent (hence the name).  The leaves and flowers are both edible, and are usually used fresh.

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California Fuchsia “Silver Select” (Epilobium canum ssp.)

It was by pure accident that I discovered California fuchsias.  The Old Man and I were in the process of transforming our dull, and rather dead (thank you drought), yard into a more water-wise and heat tolerant landscape.  An internet search for drought tolerant plants to use led us to the discovery of a nursery, not too terribly far away in the neighboring foothills, that specializes in California native plants, which by their nature are rather used to not getting much rain.

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The “Joys” of Gardening

Let’s face it, plant growers lie. To be fair, it’s more like incomplete truths than all out lies, but no nursery is going to label a plant with “Under ideal circumstances this plant is great, but most of the time it really just sucks”. So you’re left with the task of discovering your plant’s dirty little secrets the hard way: after you’ve already had it in the ground for a good long time and it’s already caused a lot of problems.

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