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April 5, 2014

blooming privet

Privet is typically thought of as a useful hedge plant, but in spring it’s also a lovely flowering bush. Here the delicate white blooms are about to open.


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Published on April 05, 2014 11:15 • 27 views

April 4, 2014

pink-ground-cover

This ground cover distinguishes itself in early spring when it produces masses of lush pink flowers. It’s all over Rancho Santa Fe right now.


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Published on April 04, 2014 11:14 • 15 views

April 3, 2014

Gemini rose

This beautiful rose is a real standout in any garden. Named for the sign of the twins, it has two distinct colors which blend seamlessly.


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Published on April 03, 2014 12:08 • 18 views

March 29, 2014

pink Indian Hawthorn

Rhaphiolepsis, also called Indian Hawthorn, is a common border shrub in Rancho Santa Fe. It’s tidy habit and cheerful pink flowers in spring make it a garden stalwart.


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Published on March 29, 2014 18:00 • 14 views

March 28, 2014

purplish-pink azalea in bloom

This spreading, deeply pink azalea reminds me of the Master’s Golf Tournament. Along the fairways at Augusta National there are masses of blooming azaleas in May. Here in Rancho Santa Fe, we have our azalea show a little earlier, in March.


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Published on March 28, 2014 17:54 • 15 views

March 27, 2014

purple lantana flowers

Lantana is a great cover for ungainly ground or slopes. It blooms, in a variety of colors, almost non-stop. Little care is required, although lantana does benefit from a spring pruning.


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Published on March 27, 2014 17:40 • 19 views

March 26, 2014

pink-tipped freesia blossoms

Another of the South African bulbs that do so well in Rancho Santa Fe gardens is Freesia. Giving us a wonderful show in spring, Freesia then sleep under the earth until next year, even with no summer water. The pink tips on this Freesia add a cheerful note.


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Published on March 26, 2014 17:32 • 20 views

March 24, 2014

Oriental Lily blooms

Oriental Lily blooms



This lily looks like it was hand-painted by an artist. But in this case the magic was worked by nature, perhaps assisted by the hands of a handy human hybridizer.
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Published on March 24, 2014 17:28 • 18 views

March 23, 2014

magenta hebe and yellow lantana

Some color contrasts in the garden are more interesting than others. My eye was drawn to the magenta flowers of this hebe, mainly because they were set off by the bright yellow lantana.


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Published on March 23, 2014 17:21 • 17 views

March 22, 2014

white fortnight lily blooms

These pale yellow flowers with maroon markings are fortnight lilies, so called because they bloom about every fourteen days. Once established they are drought-tolerant and carefree.


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Published on March 22, 2014 17:11 • 25 views