Arbutus unedo is one of the best evergreen shrubs. In the fall it’s covered with bell-shaped flowers that hang in clusters all over the plant. To make it even better, the fruit from last year ripens at this time and the shrub is also covered with bright orange/red fruit. The bark is peeling and exfoliating with age. Just The Facts Arbutus unedo, Strawberry Tree Height 6ft-Spread … Continue reading Blooming Now
This month I had the opportunity to attend the Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon. Portland is an interesting place. One of the highlights is Powell’s Bookstore. It’s an amazing place devoted to books and people who love books. It takes up an entire city block and is several stories high. There are tables and shelves with staff picks and suggested reads. There are sections with … Continue reading Farwest Show 2018
Allium ‘Millenium’ This allium has never been the focal point of my garden, but today it took center stage. They were planted in an undesirable spot, too close together. I rarely watered them. I didn’t fertilize. They were left to their own devices. There wasn’t much to recommend it. But today, as I was casually walking by I sensed a movement. I heard a … Continue reading Blooming Now!
One of the plants I’ve owned the longest is my Ukigumo Japanese Maple. Some things we keep for a long time become part of who we are. Like children, books, cars or even plants. All the plants I grow in my garden represent a piece of me. I think of that funny scene in the movie 101 Dalmatians where the owners resemble their dogs. I’ve … Continue reading Ukigumo, It’s Great to be Eight