Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Love

Well, just when you think you'll never fall in love again... bang it hits you.  Yesterday I had a little time to kill so I went to Roger's Gardens as I was right in the area. Not having much time I asked my friend and horticulturist Suzanne Hetrick if there was anything new that I needed.  Suzanne took me directly to a beautiful new flowering sage.  Named Salvia 'Love and Wishes',  it's basically a darker version of another favorite of mine, Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'.  S. 'Love and Wishes' is decidedly plumy while S. 'Wendy's Wish' is more of a pink-magenta.  Both are excellent hybrids as they have beautiful dark stems, colorful calix, and velvety flowers. Not to mention that they bloom all year and in my experience can do full sun to part shade with little direct light and still perform.  And as with all of the bigger salvias they are hummingbird magnets. I bought one plant, but of course now I wish I had taken 4 or 5.  I must be patient!


Salvia 'Love and Wishes'

Monday, March 3, 2014


Ok,  I've been getting some well deserved grief about not having posted about my nearly month long trip to Oaxaca City in southern Mexico.  I had wanted to post while I was away but I found using this blog from my phone was too difficult.  Having wanted to take a little sabbatical, I decided to head south and take an intensive Spanish language course.  While I was based in Oaxaca I had many adventures,  made many friends, ate loads of food and of course admired many lovely plants.

For this first post I'll share with you my favorite spot in the city, which is the church called Santo Domingo.  This spot like the Zocalo is a gathering place bustling with people but Santo Domingo has beautiful plantings all around and the far side of the compound is the home of the famous ethno-botnical garden.

Check back soon for more posts I promise.  ;)

Agave guingola

Big beaned tree