Monthly Archives: April 2009

Japanese Weeping Larch

Larix kaempferi ‘Pendula’ PINACEAE, The Pine family Normally, I’m not a huge weeping conifer fan. But this species is not just your usual random oddity that waggles in front of the golden arches. Growing about 6 feet tall and as … Continue reading

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Barren strawberry

A friend in Seattle just sent me this: “Mulysa, I have a question for you. I saw a ground cover plant from the bus, seemed like strawberry, but yellow flower, height is like 5-7″. do you recognize it? it’s so … Continue reading

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Darwin Barberry

Berberis darwinii BERBERIACEAE, The Barberry family They may be a bit spiny, but they are gorgeous when the orange flowers are backlit by late afternoon spring sunshine. Later it will have powdery blue berries that are good for attracting wildlife. … Continue reading

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Planted

CUCURBITACEAE, The Squash family In tray packs, in my indoor mini-green house: Zucchini ‘Fordhook’ Melon ‘Vedrantaise’ Pumpkin ‘Sugar Pie’ Pumpkin ‘Cinderella’ aka ‘Rouge Vif d’Etampes’ Also: Basil ‘Lime’ Basil ‘Genovese’ Basil ‘Siam Queen’ Because melon + basil is the ultimate … Continue reading

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Planted

Outside today, in freshly turned soil, seeds of: Spinach ‘Red Trooper’ Turnips Greens ‘Seven Top’ Collards ‘Champion’ Broccoli ‘Calabrese’ Arugula ‘Mediterranean’ Salad mix – packet that came free with an issue of BBC Gardens Illustrated. It contains red Russian kale, … Continue reading

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How are plants faring after the record winter we had?

I did some excellent nursery-going today, with my three fine colleagues, in the beautiful Columbia river basin. First we explored Cistus Nursery, then Joy Creek. We set out to get new plant ideas for our design work, see how the … Continue reading

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Fava

Originally uploaded by mulysa_may They are growing..

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5 Shade Tolerant Conifers?

I got this great query from a colleague this week. The note on my desk also said “besides Yew.” Which makes it trickier. But here goes: Western Hemlock, Tsuga heterophylla – It grows to be a big tree in time, … Continue reading

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Fava

fava Originally uploaded by mulysa_may Coming soon: fava cam!

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