Favorites from this week in garden.

    There's so much going on in the garden now, it's hard to know where to start.  The ferns are looking fabulous, and one of our favorites is the native Dryopteris x australis.  Yes, "australis" means from the south.  This 3-4' tall fern grows well in moist or fairly dry soils.  Here's the clump beside our shipping office.  Epimedium 'Splish Splash' is in its second flowering spurt of the spring.  This re-flowering Plant Delights introduction is really quite special, both in foliage and in flower.   Here's a fun color echo combination of Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' and Verbena 'Lavender Frappe'.  The textural difference in the two plants makes this vignette visually appealing.     Here's our clump of Baptisia 'Pink Truffles' from the breeding work of our friend Hans Hansen at Walters Gardens.  This is the first named pink flowered baptisia....we are very pleased with its performance.Clematis recta 'Lime Close' has been amazing this Read more [...]

Anole Love

We love our color-changing, native Carolina anoles.  He are some recent photos from the garden. Hello...need some auto insurance.  Just kidding!       I'm looking for a mate...are you a mate? That's more my speed...love in the afternoon...at Juniper Level Botanic Garden.   Read more [...]

A Mindful Finch

  After finishing a recent lunch, I headed outside on the porch to fill our bird feeders.  Normally, all the birds instinctively retreat to a safe distance, awaiting their new snack, but something was different this day.  A solitary house finch remained, seemingly oblivious as I re-filled the feeder.  Why, I wondered, did it not fly away with the other birds, and then I noticed that it was blind. Researching further, I learned about finch mycoplasma (which also affect plants), is a disease that robs birds of sight, and often their life. As sad as the finch plight was, it was amazing to watch the finch using its other senses to fearlessly continue to eat. The finch reinforced many of the lessons I've been learning...embrace all of our functional senses each moment and do so without judgment or fear, as none of us are guaranteed anything beyond the present.  What society labels disabilities are only so if we label them as such.  The natural world has many lessons to share Read more [...]

Newsletter Mix-up

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Tony’s Piano for sale

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On a note unrelated to plants, I have decided to sell my piano, which was purchased new around 1980.  Believe it or not, I took lessons for eight years of lessons as a youngster.  This piano is one I purchased as a recent newlywed around 1980.  I have come to the realization that my chances of finding time to play again aren’t realistic, so I’m hoping to find it a loving home.  If interested, and you’re in the local area, click the Craigslist link .

More highlights from Seattle

My first stop in Seattle was the Downtown Convention Center, which was hosting the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.  Despite my uneasiness of mass transit, and lack of sense of direction in big cities, I threw caution to the wind and took the Link Light Rail from the airport to downtown ($2.75 fare compared to $50 for a taxi).  Amazingly, it delivered me only a couple of blocks from the Convention Center, which my cell phone was able to locate. The Flower show was like other flower shows in many ways, yet very different in others.  The central garden displays were over the top, as is often the case at these shows, but the show felt much less pretentious than my last trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show.  Overall, I think it's the best flower show I've ever attended. I normally avoid the vendor areas of the show, filled with hot tubs and aluminum siding, but that was not the case here.  There was an array of fascinating plant vendors, botanical gardens, garden related Read more [...]