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: Grevillea

Grevillea is an Australian shrub, evergreen and relatively drought tolerant. I have it growing in pots in my very sunny entrance courtyard. Isn’t it amazing? And hummingbirds love it…an all-round win!

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Friday I’m in Love: Ocotillo

Another crazy plant! Ocotillo (fouquieria splendens) is a spiny, drought-tolerant shrub native to southwestern America and Mexico. For much of the year it looks like a bunch of dry sticks, ocotillo in courtyardbut after Spring rains it sprouts green leaves and, at the end of each stem, a hummingbird-attracting flower. They are also supposedly edible (I haven’t tried them!) and can be dried for use in a tisane…ocotillo flowerIt pairs well with crown of thorns, as seen here ocotillo & crown of thornsin my newly planted drought-tolerant front garden.

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Seasonal Pleasures: Spring

  • The first snowdrops
  • Catkins
  • April showers
  • New green leaves
  • May hedgerows
  • Bluebells

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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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and a Happy New Year!

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December 31, 2014 · 11:00 pm