Category Archives: Seasonal Pleasures

Friday I’m in Love: Poppies

My mother loves poppies. The red ones that grow (or used to…) on the edges of English fields. The Flanders poppies that everyone wears on Remembrance Day. But then we moved to America and I saw the California version…interesting colours, attractive foliage, and even after they die they are interesting…poppies montage

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Friday I’m in Love: Pink Roses

I love almost every colour of rose, but I think pink roses are my favourite. And even though it goes against my California-native/drought-tolerant principals here in California, I couldn’t resist a few David Austin roses in my new planting schemes. This

Gertrude Jekyll rose with deer sageis one of my all-time favorites, Gertrude Jekyll, planted last year and finally hitting her stride. Doesn’t she look great against the grey of the deer sage?

And this

Charles Rennie MackIntosh budsis a new friend, Charles Rennie Mackitosh, planted in February and about to reward me for my faith. You can take the girl out of England… 🙂

 

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Friday I’m in Love: Hibiscus

Another new addition to my courtyard. Hibiscus 1

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Hibiscus 1Such a glorious colour, and complements the grevillea beautifully!

 

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Friday I’m in Love: Clivias

This plant was new to me before coming to California but the camellia collection at Descanso Gardens is underplanted with a mass of them and they are spectacular. They are very expensive and I thought them out of my reach, but my gardener has a source…and voila! 

Clivias in the "woodland garden"Instant sunshine, even in the shady corners…

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Friday I’m in Love: my crazy camellia

Yes, folks, this…multi-coloured camellia

…is one tree. Isn’t it wonderful?

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Happiness project: after the rain

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Friday I’m in Love: Strawberry Tree

Arbutus unedo…

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just gorgeous!

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