Monthly Archives: October 2007

Flowers from the Dalai Lama’s Garden

My friend Kate just sent me a link to this inspiring Minnesota Public Radio slideshow and article on Botanical Paintings of the Dalai Lama’s Garden that are on exhibit at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The artist studied at … Continue reading

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Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’

Slender Deutzia I passed this Japanese shrub in the nursery today and made a note to myself to use it in a design. The opportunity came up shortly when a neat new client asked for a small cottage garden design … Continue reading

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Considering all the other ridiculous things people grow as annuals in places where they aren’t hardy, why not Restios? Some are hardy to zone 7, but even those that are decidedly more tropical could vie for attention with the tender … Continue reading

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Apple ‘Odin’

Malus domestica ROSACEAE, The Rose family A new favorite! A medium size, late-ish apple (mid October) with clear green-gold skin, a rusty blush and beautiful reddish lenticels. It is sweet and slightly tart. I chose it as one to serve … Continue reading

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Lagerstroemia ‘Zuni’

Crape myrtle LYTHRACEAE, The Loosestrife family Fun facts about Crape myrtle: 1) They have gorgeous fall color! 2) They are in the same family as Lawsonia, the source of henna, Cuphea, a group of popular ornamental annuals, and Lythrum, genus … Continue reading

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Rhododendron ‘Rockrose’

ERICACEAE, The Heath family At first glance it looks like Drimys.. dark pink stems, neat, upright habit. The spring blooms will be pink, small with crinkled petals. But really it is pretty now.

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Grape ‘Muscat’

Vitis vinifera VITACEAE, The Vine family It was a nice weekend in Seattle: Yuko and her friend Zach took us to Woodinville for wine tasting. It was a beautiful misty day- perfect fall colors. First we went to Chateau Ste. … Continue reading

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Aesculus hippocastanum

Horse Chestnut HIPPOCASTANACEAE, The Horse Chestnut family Volunteer Park has a winding road lined with Horse chestnut trees. The nuts were falling all over the ground (they are not edible). Michael and I had a nice time there today, walking … Continue reading

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