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Echeverias in Bloom

Echeverias, native to Mexico, have the most amazing blooms.

They remind me of little lanterns or candy corn. Continue Reading →

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Red, White & Blue in the Garden


It’s fitting, on a day that honors the Red, White and Blue, to show those colors in the garden. I was inspired by  a white arch covered with ‘Joseph’s Coat’ climbing rose against a summer-blue sky. Continue Reading →

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Why I Can’t Resist Cactus Flowers

I can’t help it. I’m fascinated by cactus.

Cactus used to be a non-category of plants to me. But here’s the thing: I love looking at them.

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Alien Cacti at Grigsby


I saw many strange plants on recent visit to Grigsby Cactus Gardens in Vista, CA. This one seems to be greeting a fellow citizen of another planet.

Perhaps they’re from a galaxy far, far away. Continue Reading →

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Chelsea Flower Show – a view from the past

"Now this could have been the 1920s!"

“Name’s Fossington-Williams, Sir. John Fossington-Williams. I’m dead, died in 1957, but in my time I was a great lover of the Chelsea Flower Show, so every now and again my ghost goes back to have a look, see what’s changed, what hasn’t changed etc. Here’s what I’ve got to say about the show this year.”

“Chelsea got going early 20th century, but really hit its stride after The Great War, in the 1920s, its hey day really. Chaps like me, gentlemen, would go up on the train, sometimes with our head gardeners traveling in third class too, they’d follow one along, at a respectable distance, and carry the nursery catalogues one picked up, and in my case, he would have a satchel with a big ledger in it with all the plants we had bought over the years, so we wouldn’t order anything twice over. Ordering plants from nurseries was what Chelsea was all about in those days. One saw a fine stand of plants, looked at the catalogue, spoke to the fellow on the stand, made one’s selection, one’s accountant paid the invoice in due course, and come the autumn, the plants would arrive, usually at the nearest railway station.”

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