I’m a huge fan of observing and photographing cape daisies (Osteospermum ecklonis) as I find their flowers spectacular. Also called African daisy, this annual continues to become more popular to a global gardening audience. All of the photos in this blog feature some of the newer selections available or coming soon to the home, Read More

“Open afresh your rounds of starry folds, Ye ardent Marigolds” John Keats. I continue to be amazed by marigolds and have been excited to see so many new selections with massive blooms and an exciting foray in to deeper reds. Marigolds were the “gateway plant” for me as a child as my mother grew, Read More

Today was such a dreary day with some big, wet snowflakes reminding us that winter can still make an appearance in April in our area! Tomorrow also looks damp and somber. As we see spots of color out in the early spring garden like the yellows of daffodils (Narcissus), blues of Siberian squill (Scilla, Read More

The sunshine and warmth today (75 degrees F) made spring more of a reality although the forecast later in the week seems to be a return to winter. We’ll take what we can get. I took many photos today including all of those below. The gardens are looking neat and tidy and spring color, Read More

All of the nemesias shown in this blog were photographed at the California Spring Trials (CAST) recently and represent some spectacular colors and introductions in this “cool season” annual. As I prepared this blog, I realized I had blogged on this plant over 2 years ago and have dutifully included some of the descriptive, Read More

When I was out at the California Spring Trials (CAST) last week, I saw an amazing assortment of Gerbera daisies (Gerbera sp.) that were absolutely stunning.  The Gerbera daisy, also called Transvaal and Barberton daisy, was discovered in 1884 near Barberton, South Africa, by Scotsman Robert Jameson. The distribution of the genus Gerbera is, Read More

I remember first using Bidens, also called beggar ticks and burr marigolds, over 25 yeas ago and appreciated it’s drought tolerance and heavy flower production (good for pollinators) despite its pretty rangy and billowing habit.  The common names refer to the seed architecture and it’s tendency to stick or cling to fur or clothing,, Read More

Technically Day 5 of my involvement with the California Spring Trials (CAST) was yesterday with visits to two sites.  I’m back home now after a brutal series of airport/plane mishaps but wont soon forget the adventures I shared with Diane, Gail, Mark, Steve and Jeff.  I’m still a bit goofy with the time change, Read More

The last full day of our travels around the California Spring Trials was well rewarded at three sites where we enjoyed seeing plenty of color and some fun new selections.  Directly above is Bidens ‘Golden Empire’ which looked gret today.  The day originally had the forecast of rain but we lucked out with sunshine, Read More

Day three of my excursion to the California Spring Trials (CAST) was jam packed full of fun stops and lots of plants like the Evening Scentsation™ petunia (Petunia) seen above at Takii America, Inc.  This is one we’ve grown and enjoyed for vigor, color and scent!  It’s also an All-America Selections (AAS) winner!  Our group, Read More