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love visiting gardens wherever they are, to see what’s thriving and new possibilities to bring home!
Balboa Park Botanical Garden, San Diego
The lath house is wonderfully historic looking and is fronted by its broad pond, perennial bed, and even resident duck nests tucked underneath!
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia
Although the first flush of rose bloom is past, fragrance was inviting on a recent visit.
Artichoke bush exhibits its 4 stages of fruits – one huge center fruit, two slightly smaller side ones, a third one, and two tiny last ones. Different varieties will have differently-shaped fruits – sometimes elongated or pointed or thorned – but all will be ready to harvest when their bases are fully rounded and petals begin to pull away, indicating that the flesh at their bases is fully formed so you’ll have a bigger mouthful to enjoy with all that butter or mayonnaise!
Cerinthe’s draping bells are a lovely combination of purple and blue.
Chard can be perennial. This yellow-stalked plant is three years old.
Cilantro blossoms attract beneficial insects, so always nice to keep sowing even through too-warm weather just so new plants keep blooming!
Euphorbia seedling became fasciated - crested or contorted. I do love these weird formations!
Fava bean blossoms and first fruitset – looking forward to the rest of the patch!
Geranium rootings are successful during this mild weather. Best to use the portion that’s slightly woody, no longer just succulent green.
Li Jujube tree puts out its tiny blossoms.
Breadseed poppy’s last bloom and seedpods. Saving seeds requires an additional month or six weeks until the stems are crispy dry and mature enough to harvest. If it still wiggles, it needs to dry more! If in a community or school garden, put up an instructive sign so passersby don’t assume you’re just leaving trash in the garden!
Salvia canariensis produces glorious mauve-colored bloomstalks, and the rest of the year delights with its fuzzy white stems and gray-green foliage.
Dancy tangerines are looking good – seedy but oh so sweet and juicy!
Verbena bonariensis are statuesque stems with a cluster of purple blossoms on top. This plant is about 5 feet tall; after our years-ago rain of some 40 inches, the plants grew beyond our roofline!
Watermelon-colored blossoms and -shaped foliage make a nice perennial groundcover. Anyone know this plant's botanical and common names?