What to My Wondering Eyes Should Appear

What to My Wondering Eyes Should Appear

This is my first full season in our Flamingo Park Gardens, and I can’t wait to get reacquainted with the plants. Oh sure, I put a lot of them in myself, and I have a spreadsheet, but I haven’t entirely keep track of what is where. At my Alameda (RIP) Gardens, I named the beds and recorded plants in each, Tropical Hellstrip, Moosehead Curve, Kay’s Memorial Garden. I could mentally crawl every inch of those beds. No such system here, yet—with the exception of the south-facing garden closest to the house. It’s the Hot Garden, and even in there, I’m still seeing surprises. (more…)

Is pruning the new planting?

Is pruning the new planting?

Just in from a day of working in the garden (you know: “working”) and I got to wondering, is pruning the new planting?

Nothing will ever compare to the thrill of an open expanse of soil and corresponding trip to the nursery, but there’s a joy to be had in having planted something that’s grown up big and tall. Something that can benefit from a little helping hand to sculpt it into the best version of itself. Plus as my garden matures there will be less planting, more pruning – I might as well frame that positively…

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Spring is springing

Spring is springing

It’s here, you guys! The plants are coming. Enough with that gardeners’ patience we’re supposed to possess. It’s time for the plants to grow, and it’s happening! It may be a while still until the garden is big and lush and photogenic, but small things are changing daily, and that is enough to keep things exciting.

Syneilesis quite possibly has the best new growth around. Fuzzy aliens. On their way to becoming the most spectacular clump of shredded umbrella leaves ever. It is a happy day when the Syneilesis announce their return.
Syneilesis unknown hybrid

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