spring display


Plant of the Day

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Tulip Week - Tulipa ‘Amazone’ planted with pink flowered Myosotis (forget-me-not) as a striking spring display prior to the roses in summer at Pashley Manor, East Sussex. The new red foliage of the roses can be seen at the back of the border.

Jill Raggett

My Ever After High collection as of 2/6/16


Plant of the Day

Friday 3 March 2017

Carpeting the soil under this Quercus robur (oak) tree are the long-lived tuberous perennial Cyclamen coum (eastern cyclamen) with Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop). The shocking pink flowered Cyclamen have gradually self-sown and naturalised, providing a winter and early spring display. The rounded leaves sometimes have silver markings on the upper surface which provide another display value for the winter garden. 

Jill Raggett

Noticing that the pile of brochures was running low at the “Taste of Scotland” stand, Brody reached beneath the food stand to grab a handful of brochures, careful not to bend over and reveal too much. As he stood upright he tugged at the side of his kilt to ensure that it was still secure. He didn’t trust his mom when she said it would be. Refilling the brochure holder he looking around, popping a piece of black pudding in his mouth. Plenty of people came over to have a look at the food on offer: black pudding, haggis, potato scone, caramel shortbread, and smoked salmon. Cans of Irn Bru were being kept cool in the ice bucket. The salmon and caramel shortbread seemed to be going down a treat but so far nobody had been brave enough to try the haggis or black pudding. He turned the traditional Scottish bagpipe music up a little bit as he picked up a sample tray from the table. Brody stood in front of the stand, beginning to dance a little in the hopes of grabbing people’s attention.

Arizona Poppy

About: Also known as Summer Poppy, and Orange Caltrop, it is very simular in appearance to the California Golden Poppy. These plants have deep reaching root systems, spread out over a good area so that it can quickly absorb lots of water when it rains.

Where to Find: It grows in the south-west United States, though it is overly abundant in Arizona, as indicated by the name. The Arizona poppy is common to profuse in flat, sandy grasslands from sea level to 6000 feet. A summer bloomer, Arizona poppies begin to appear with the rains and in particularly wet years, their display rivals spring wildflowers.

How to Grow: Planting desert wildflowers is a good way to attract native birds and butterflies to your yard. Plant them where they get plenty of light. Water every couple or three days until the seedlings are around two inches tall. Then you can water them just when they show signs of stress, such as wilting or yellowing.

Medicinal Properties: I can’t find any medicinal resources to support the claims, though apparently it can be used for insomnia, and anxiety.

Magical Properties: Psychic dreams, used to confuse others, strength. I associate it with fire.

DISCLAIMER! I am not a trained herbologist, or a doctor. Plants, herbs, and natural remedies do not negate the need to see a doctor for chronic, ongoing conditions, sudden illnesses, or modern medication. This is just stuff I’ve read, or picked up over the years. Be sure to let your doctor know if you plan on starting any kind of herbal treatment, as it may interfere with your regular medications. If you explain to your doctor that you really want to try naturals, they’ll usually work with you to see what they can do.


Happy Arbor Day from Table Rocks in Oregon.

The 4,864-acre Table Rocks Management Area is cooperatively owned and administered by the BLM and natureconservancy.

The Table Rocks were designated in 1984 as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) to protect special plants and animal species, unique geologic and scenic values, and education opportunities. The remarkable diversity of the Table Rocks includes a spectacular spring wildflower display of over 75 species, including the dwarf wooly meadowfoam (Limnanthes floccosa ssp. pumila), which grows nowhere else on Earth but on the top of the Table Rocks. Vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi), federally listed as threatened, inhabit the seasonally formed vernal pools found on the tops of both rocks.