Hurrah for the Unknown

Unknown acts of kindness and deep faith of unknown people keep the world intact. Hurrah for the unknown.     courtesy of tag-pictures.com

Favorite Red Flowers

Red is the most powerful color.  If you put it near your front door, you will quickly tire of it.   A red hedge of roses or poinsettias looks good when you are moving, whether down a path or down a r...

Migrant Fragrances

Can you imagine a garden with nothing but fragrant plants?  It’s a most reasonable proposition, really.  You can easily fill a garden with upright and prostrate rosemary and a dozen types of lavender...

Pruning Trees and Roses

Historically speaking, tree pruning is a relatively recent phenomenon, developed as a necessity when trees began to be planted in close proximity to where people lived, worked, or congregated. It’s j...

Bells of Ireland and other Delights

For years, I had seen bells of Ireland in seed and plant catalogues – at least before plant catalogues, much like daily newspapers, became an endangered species. Every time I saw its picture, I imagi...

Sweet Violets

Have you ever smelled sweet violets? If you live in Southern California, the chances are slim when considering the probability of engaging in this unique olfactory experience. During almost forty yea...

Gardeners are Partners in Creation

“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes too.” If you dabble in the dirt, you may have come across these words of wisdom at one time or another.  There is nothing like working in a gar...

Bamboo for You

Q:  What is the scariest plant? A:  BamBOO I know, it’s a corny joke, but what would you say about a plant that can grow as much as three feet in one day (or one inch every forty minutes)? Or culms (...