Washington’s Best Kept Secret

This is what people think about Washington—It rains all the time, the skies are always gray, everything is gray, we all wear gray polar fleece and disappear into the fog, hibernating most of the winter.  Don’t let out our little secret, but this is what it’s really like in Washington in January.  There are flowers, bright and beautiful, teasing us out of winter. I just … Continue reading Washington’s Best Kept Secret

Winter Arboretum

A new year’s walk through the Washington Park Arboretum was a good start to 2014.  It revealed bright colors of shiny red fruits and flame colored dogwood.  It beckoned us with exhilarating scents, the sweetest of the season.  I love the wake up of witchhazel, the tempting smiles of  winter honeysuckle and the surprise of Daphne in bloom which always produces loud exclamations of delight. … Continue reading Winter Arboretum

The Seventh Day of Christmas—Bright White Plants

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Seven Swans a Swimming.    These swans remind me of beautiful white plants.  Plants that are elegant and royal, like the Mallorn tree, the  treasured elven tree  described by JRR Tolkien.   “Its bark was silver and smooth, and its boughs somewhat upswept after the manner of the beech; but it never grew save with … Continue reading The Seventh Day of Christmas—Bright White Plants

Camellias, Never Out of Style

Native to Southeast Asia, the camellia comes in countless shapes and sizes.  It ranges in size between a few feet to over fifty feet.  It can be compact, rounded, tall, spreading, tiered or low growing, depending on species.  Flower color ranges from pure white to clear red and many shades of pink, often with bright yellow stamens showing.  The blossoms can have  single, semi-double or … Continue reading Camellias, Never Out of Style