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  • Tree Fern Dell

    Giant Gunnera and Tree Ferns There’s a cool little stretch in Golden Gate Park called Tree Fern Dell, across the street from the Conservatory of Flowers. It’s filled with Australian tree ferns (Dicksonia antarctica) and Giant gunnera (Gunnera manicata) and a nice mix of plants I’d imagine in a dinosaur garden. Definitely one of my […]

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  • Peony Party

    Peonies are everywhere in Wisconsin. Not so much here in the Bay Area. I took these pics at Olbrich Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. Growing up, it grossed me out that ants were always crawling on them. They’re attracted to the nectar produced by the flower buds. They don’t hurt or help the plant. Paeonia ‘Abalone […]

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  • Orange and Lemon

    Last week of Propagation Class had us on a field trip down to Four Winds Growers in Fremont CA.  They are best know for their citrus, and always playing around with other fruiting trees and shrubs. Sweet Oranges – Citrus spp. The rainfall stopped briefly, and we checked out some of the 40 acres.  Frankly, […]

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  • Weird Wisconsin

    While back in Madison, WI walking back and forth to Olbrich Gardens, I took some pics of yards in action. Chicken in the yard I could work with this larger than life chicken in the back garden. Real chickens would be better of course. Love the cowboy juxtaposed with the Virgin Mary. Wisconsin Succulents Oh […]

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  • Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants

    Hurray for Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants exhibition at the Conservatory of Flowers! Matti and I just checked it out. Peter D’Amato, author of The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants, provided tons of specimens for the exhibition. Peter also owns one of the coolest nurseries around, California Carnivores in Sebastopol, CA. Conservatory of […]

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  • Sunken Meadow Garden

    Last Saturday I took a little stroll  to Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison for a plant picture taking fiesta. I have to admit it was a little sad I couldn’t identify a lot of the plants. This first batch of pictures are from the gorgeous Sunken Garden, Meadow Garden and Rock Garden. Colorful Corner of […]

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  • Air Plant is Flowering

    One of our Tillandsias are in flower AKA our Air Plant because it need no soil.  The leaves are normally a lime green, but when they flower, they turn a vibrant reddish color. Tillandsia with Purple and Yellow Flower I found the tag for this one and all it says is Tillandsia houston X.  I […]

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  • Air Layering Old School

    About 4 weeks ago, we started doing some Air Layering on Fiddle Leaf Figs (Ficus lyrata). Air Layering is an old propagation technique used on woody type plants that are difficult to root from a cutting. Detail of a girdle cut where a 1 inch section of cambium has been cut away. Depending upon the […]