Sunday, January 21, 2018

Visiting Australia--A Few Blue Mountain Flowers

broad-leaved drumstick, Isopogon anemonifolius, Proteaceae

Australian plants are justly famous for being diverse and often unique.

Blue Mountains, Australia

On a trip to eastern Australia in 2015, we hiked between overlooks in Australia's Blue Mountain National Park, west of Sydney. Well, the others hiked, I dawdled, distracted by the plants.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Plant Story--Red Cedar, Really a Juniper of Course

If you live in the central United States, especially in cattle country, you can’t miss red cedars, the one evergreen native to the plains. Solid, evergreen and fragrant, city people like them as yard plantings.


red cedar, Juniperus

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Plant Story--Hibiscus!

Hibiscus rosa-sinesis, Hawaii
Hibiscus rosa-sinesis, Hawaii
I really like hibiscus. They have big showy flowers. They are also easy to recognize.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year! -- Plant Jokes Again

Happy New Year!

I had great fun publishing plant jokes last in the New Year post last year, so here are some more: 

1) Why couldn't the gardener grow any flowers?

pines and junipers in yard

He hadn't botany.


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Plant Story--Amaryllis, well, actually Hippeastrum

Amaryllis, the big bulbs that are often given as holiday gifts because the flowers that emerge are so glorious, are in the genus Hippeastrum not the genus Amaryllis. The naked ladies that bloomed in the garden in August, those were Amaryllis.

Scientific name Hippaecastrum, common name amaryllis

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Flowers of the Colorado Winter

pansies, December 16, 2017 Northern Colorado
pansies, December 16
Its mid-December at about 5000' on the east side of the Rocky Mountains. Often we have mild temperatures this late in the year but this year is unusually warm. We have had several snowstorms and some really cold days, but for most of the last two weeks its been below freezing overnight and as high as 60 F by day.

Plants are flowering.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wildflowers: Weeds in Northwestern Argentina

The rainfall in Salta Province, Argentina, ranges from nearly 30" a year to 17 or less, almost all during the hot summer months. The countryside, though beautiful, can be rather inhospitable to plants.
Salta Province, Argentina