Plant postings

Plant postings on AZBlog

(Note: my practice on names that are both names of genera and common names is inconsistent with respect to capitalization and italicization)


8/26/10: Our Gardens, Our Selves:
plants in the Columbus garden

6/22/11: Agapanthus:

6/23/11: More plants of love :
philodendron, philadelphus, love-in-a-mist, lad’s love, love lies bleeding

books: 7/6/11: Flora:
Farm Weeds of Canada, Alpen-Flora

1/3/12: Data points: interpreting compounds:

3/1/12: Take a leek:
leeks, daffodils

3/17/12: St. Patrick:
calla lilies, Victorian box

6/5/12: singletail and flowertail:
eremurus, anthurium

6/11/12: La Victoria:
habaneros, jalapeños

6/26/12: Cole slaw:

6/26/12: From South America:
jacaranda, alstroemeria

7/1/12: Two plants of the season:
golden marguerite, acanthus

7/15/12: lupines:

7/16/12: The buzz on Melissa:
melissa, monarda


7/29/12: crape myrtle:
crape myrtle, myrtle

8/19/12: gaillardia:

8/21/12: zinnias:
zinnias, Kalanchoe diagremontiana

8/21/12: Mystery plant:

10/12/12: Gypsum weed etc.:
Jimson weed and its relatives

11/6/12: Inhabiture:
vertical gardens

3/6/13: Cymbidiums:

3/12/13: Cyclamens:

3/14/13: Wisteria:

3/15/13: Podocarpus:

3/20/13: Flowering pears and secretions:

3/20/13: Stone fruits, nuts, and berries:

3/27/13: Abutilon and its relatives:
abutilon and many other members of the mallow family

3/29/13: Bell pepper sex:
bell peppers; flower sex

4/11/13: Tree nuts:

4/21/13: Primroses:
primroses, evening primroses

4/21/13: Ranunculus:
ranunculus, creeping buttercup, lesser celandine, water crowfoot

4/22/13: Gay greens: the big two:
arugula, radicchio, and related plants (gay greens)

4/28/13: Digitalis / foxglove:

5/1/13: Gamma linolenic acid and borage:

5/17/13: Vocabulary surprises:

6/17/13: Bacopa:
bacopa, centella, sutera

6/20/13: Poppies, lilacs, and lilies:
poppies / California poppies, lilacs / California lilacs, lilies / daylilies

6/21/13: Forbs:
forbs, herbs (in the botanical sense)

more gay greens: watercress, mâche, fennel, parsley, basil, chervil:

nasturtiums, watercress, geraniums, cranesbills:

Albizia julibrissin:

Tagetes, Calendula:



petunias, cinerarias:

quinoa, cereal, grain:

mile-a-minute, kudzu:


Indian pipes:

Michaelmas daisies:

mountain ash trees:



eglantine rose:

more wild roses:

acorns, arums:



Bellis perennis:

Ornithogalum umbellatum:



Scilla siberica:




peonies (of three types):

sweet peas:

shrubs and trees that have gone out of fashion, esp. catalpas:

Emilio Tafani posters: wild rose, laburnum, lilacs, wild honeysuckle, meadowsweet:

citronella oil, lemongrass, lemon balm:



Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica):

Speed Devil cannabis

Farewell to the trees:
(Chilean) potato vine (Solanum crispum}

Anemone blanda, coronaria, and hupehensis

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden:
rose, Christmas rose (hellebore), primrose, tuberose, rosemary, etc.

linguistic diversity among the nopalries:
Opuntia cactuses

coneflowers and goldfinches:
coneflowers, black-eyed Susans


I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts:
coconut palm

sweetgum: and Liquidambar:

California peppertree:

Winter greenery:
calla lilies, miner’s lettuce, spring beauty

purslane, moss-roses

bacopa Snowtopia

Perilla and company:
Perilla frutescens


Signs of spring:
California buckeye, Ohio buckeye

Morning name: calabash:
calabaza, calabash gourd, calabash tree

Morning name: salsify (with Swiss chard as a bonus):

Two more mornings:


Morning names: Confrey, comfrey:
comfrey (Symphytum)


5/4/15: Good and evil: Star Jasmine:

5/23/15: Fig time:
several species of Ficus

5/23/15: California’s iconic food:

5/29/15: Rubber trees, rubber plants:
Hevea brasiliensis, Ficus elastica

6/1/15: coriander/cilantro:

6/3/15: culantro:

6/3/15: The Counts Perovski:

6/14/15: Russian-olive:

The Haddockian argot, and licorice:
the licorice plant

Coleus Jade:

7/23/15: Breakfast at the Gamble:
Gamble Garden in Palo Alto; alstroemeria, horsetail restio

7/30/15: Morning name: rajas:
poblano peppers

8/1/15: Another breakfast at the Gamble:
rhubarb, dahlia, scented Pelargoniums, tropical Hibiscus

8/8/15: Two in bloom:
hairy golden aster, naked ladies

8/10/15: Food names, and plant names too:
different names for same plant, same name for different plants

8/13/11: Three blues and a yellow:
4 plants at the Gamble Garden

8/18/15: Stachys:
several Stachys species and related plants

8/19/15: Penstemon:
several Penstemon species ad related plants

8/19/15: Plant families:

8/20/15: Cotoneaster:

8/21/15: More plant families:

8/22/15: Seedy invasives:
invasive plants that spread by broadcasting their seed

8/26/15: Vining invasives:
porcelainberry, grapevine, ivy (plus non-invasive Aralia, Cussonia), invasive vines from earlier postings

8/27/15: Two medicinal plants:
yarrow (Achillea), scabious (Scabiosa)

8/29/15: Gerbera and other daisy-oid flowers:

8/30/15: Cow parsnip:
cow parsnip, hemlocks, cow parsley, fool’s parsley, etc.

8/30/15: Two useful terms:
ruderal, alleleopathic; 9 examples of allelopathy; cornflower

8/31/15: African daisies:
Gazania, Osteospermum, Arctotis

8/31/15: Eat your weeds:
Euell Gibbons; lamb’s quarters, rose hips, dandelion shoots, stringing nettles, and cattails

9/4/15: Cotinus and the cousins of Cotinus:
Cotinus, Anacardium, Mangifera, Rhus, Toxicodendron

9/5/15: Two more plant families:
Crassulaceae, Plumbaginaceae

9/6/15: Birthday flowers:
Asparagaceae, Primulaceae; genera in both

9/7/15: Returning to your roots:
Ipomoea and the family Convolvulaceae

9/7/15: Shooting stars, hydrangeas, and lemongrass:
genera Dodecatheon, Hydrangea, Cymbopogon; family Hydrangeaceae

9/9/15: More vining invasives:
Campsis radicans, Bignonia capreolata, Celastrus orbiculatus; Alstroemeria

9/9/15: Plant family backlog:
olive family, violet family, and 7 others

9/11/15: Cochinita pibil:
the dish and its name; achiote / annatto

9/11/15: Golden yellow for the end of summer:
goldenrods (Solidago), ragweeds (Ambrosia)

9/12/15: Chaste trees and jumping spiders:
Chaste tree (Vitex); Verbenaceae; Verbena, Lantana

9/25/15: Monkey puzzle tree:

9/30/15: Muhly grass:

9/30/15: Roselle:
Hibiscus sabdariffa

10/5/15: Non-parallel gaps in Jackson Hole:
vertical garden

10/7/15: Arnoldia:
plant genera Arnoldia; Dimorphotheca

10/18/15: Mornings and mangelwurzels:
the mangelwurzel (fodder beet, etc.)

11/2/15: The New Yorker food issue:
farming kelp for food

11/8/15: ExtenZe:
many plant ingredients in the male enhancement product

11/11/15: The water frog, the ground squirrel, and the little thrush:
purple pitcher plant, dogwood, holly

11/23/15: Nugenix:
fenugreek plant

11/30/15: Morning name: penumbra:
carrot (Daucus carota), umbels

12/5/15: Morning names: Norfolk Island Pine, ruach:

12/9/15: sweet olive:
Osmanthus fragrans

12/26/15: Morning name: camellia:
C. sasanqua, C. japonica, C. sinensis

12/27/15: Name your florist:
names of florist shops

12/29/15: tomatillos:
tomatillo plant, potato vine

1/27/16: Bruce Bruce Bruce:
Queensland silver wattle

1/28/16: Yesteday:
flowers and food plants at the Gamble Garden in Palo Alto; hellebores and agave featured

2/13/16: Mandrake:

3/20/16: Morning name: catarrh:
a variety of plants used in remedies for catarrh

3/24/16: The invasive starling:
invasive plants

3/25/16: Morning name: scuppernong:
scuppernong grapes

3/25/16: Jeepers creepers:
creeping plants

3/26/16: Monsters of vegetative spread: dragon’s teeth:
Japanese knotweed dragon-toothing

4/3/16: Common names that are also descriptions:
Bottle-brush plants, Callistemon and Melaleuca

5/5/16: Down on the farm::
favorite weed (goldenrod) and leaat favorite weed (dodder)

5/5/16: The weed annals I:

5/7/16: The weed annals II:

5/7/16: The weed annals III:

5/12/16: Morning name: nemesia:
nemesia (and star jasmine)

5/24/16: Three natives:
golden blue-eyed grass, purple sage, sticky monkey-flower

5/29/16: Memorial pun:

6/1/16: From late winter:
7 plants at the Gamble Garden

6/3/16: It was 13 years ago today:
Mister Lincoln rose

7/7/16: Name that succulent:
artichoke agave

7/15/16: Garden moments:
cymbidiums, geraniums, coleus, and other container plants

7/21/16: The kangaroo’s paw:

8/10/16: Violet-blue, white, and deep purple:
Catanache caerulea, Angelica archangelica, Angelica stricta

8/12/16: Trapped in the morning duff:
duff ‘decaying vegetable matter’

8/19/16: Pink motels, Cadillacs, etc. etc.:
pink pussytoes, pink pussytails

8/29/16: Osmunda, Königin des Waldes:
the fern genus Osmunda

9/1/16: On foot patrol, part 2:
the mangosteen plant and its fruit

9/7/16: How sweet the daphne smells:
Daphne mezereum (and oleander)

9/11/16: The Mystery Man of Crotch Beach:
Prunella vulgaris, Orchis mascula

9/12/16: The durian:
the tree and its fruit

10/1/16: Penguin irises:
Japanese irises

10/19/16: Triple-play pun:
asparagus plants

10/21/16: Pingu watches over the gay boys:
genus Pinguicula

10/21/16: Two flowering trees in Kyoto:
tea tree, powder-puff tree, Brazil nut tree

10/26/16: Wednesday odds and ends:
item (1): Japanese painted scroll with poppies

11/5/16: Patio, with plants and penguins:
Hydrangea macrophylla, Agave desmetiana

11/9/16: Two Mediterranean plants for wintry days:
Drimia maritima, Iris unguicularis

11/17/16: Going extinct there, flourishing here:
Dymondia margaretae

11/23/16: Two Stanford adventures:
Stanford Cactus Garden; esp. prickly pears and agaves

11/28/16: And so it begins:
first cymbidium blooms of the winter season

12/1/16: Silver-bush everlasting:
Helichrysum petiolare ‘Moe’s Silver’

12/4/16: Con Ed and the Ramona St. Squirrel Squad:
plants in pots on the Ramona St. patios

12/14/16: Two red hot pokers:
Kniphofia, Aloe arborescens; Crassula ovata, Sedum rubrotinctum

2/12/17: Three exhibitions:
third exhibition: on the lingzhi mushroom

2/19/17: horsetails:
Equisetum (hyemale)

2/20/17: Blossoms from the south:
Westringia, Tulbaghia, Bulbinella

2/26/17: Pretty in pink:
pink cymbidium in bloom

2/28/17: Plant packages:
phallic plants, an evergreen and a cactus

3/1/17: Two notable plants:
contorted cactus, which turns out to be Opuntia microdasys monstrose; and a white-tipped succulent, not identified, but like an Echevaria or Dudleya

3/1/17: A codgerie of shaggy men:
The old man, or shaggy man, cactus

3/2/17: Five contorted cactuses:
genera Haageocereus, Echinopsis, Myrtillocactus, Eulychnia, Cereus

3/9/17: Spring bulbs:
tulips, narcissus, grape hyacinths, snowdops, stars of Bethlehem, glories-of-the-snow, Siberican squills

3/31/17: He bloomed in March:
cymbidium orchid

4/19/17: Calla, calla, calla, California:
calla lily, Easter lily

4/24/17: A mini-phal:
miniature Phalaenopsis

5/5/17: blue jack:
Tradescantia ohiensis

5/9/17: Mothers:
Digitalis purpurea, Centranthus ruber

5/10/17: Two spectacular plants:
Echium wildpretii, hybrid gazanias

5/13/17: I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valley:
lily of the valley, rose of Sharon

5/16/17: ice plants:

5/17/17: Artichokes on the hoof:
globe artichokes and artichoke thistles

5/20/17: JHT photos: on the peony patrol:
standard peonies, fern-leaved peonies, tree peonies

5/21/17: The front patio redivivus, and having Our House:
cymbidiums, and other patio plants at Ramona St.; wisteria

5/22/17: The patio report:
an assortment of plants on my front patio

5/23/17: Corn snakes and eggplants:
eggplants, deadly nightshade; links to other members of the Solanaceae / nightshade family

5/24/17: Veronica Salpiglossis, the Greek goddess of Gamble Garden:
Veronica / speedwell; Salipilossis / painted tongue; Nicotiana / tobacco plant; brief mentions of foxgloves and larkspurs

5/28/17: In the neighborhood, with an O:
Nerium oleander, Oenothera speciosa, Photinia</em species; brief mention of bottle-brush plant, acanthus, red valerian, agapanthus

5/28/17: Strawberry fields:
cultivated and wild Fragaria; barren strawberry (a species of Waldsteinia); Indian strawberry (a species of Potentilla)

6/2/17: Pride Time #1: The pink and the purple:
red hydrangea; Viola tricolor; Salvia species with purple flowers

6/5/17: For the day:
yew (Taxus), bayberry (Myrtica), lemongrass, Grevillea, fig, Indian lime (Citrus aurantifolia), California live oak

6/5/17: Fairy gardens:
mini-gardens, bonsai, dish gardens

6/7/17: The word came down on Pentecost:
daylily ‘Flaming Tongues’; rhododendron (and azalea)

6/9/17: Three cactuses:

6/13/17: Trailers:
trailing plants in hanging baskets and tall container boxes; phlox; polemonium

6/14/17: Three garden ornamentals and two trees:
Trichostema lanatum, Aeonium, Sisyrinchium, Erythrinia crista-galli, Pyrus

6/16/17: Father and grandfather:
pages from Alpen-Flora: ranunculus family, papilionaceous plants

6/19/17: Sales talk:
saguaro cactus

6/20/17: News for cacti and succulents 6/20/17:
Stanford cactus garden; Agave attenuata; four species of columnar cactuses

7/4/17: Fay Zwicky:

7/5/17: More news not for penises:
plants called cockscomb, cockspur

7/9/17: Ruthie copes: Moses and the doggie bag:
bulrush, rush, papyrus

7/12/17: Neighborhood gardens, heavy on purple:
Bryant St. garden; statice, glory bush (Tibouchina), Brunfelsia, abelia

7/16/17: A blue period:
chaste tree, balloon flower (Platycodon), bellflower (Campanula), Lobelia, Monopsis

8/12/17: The War of the Weeds:
common ivy, ailanthus, golden bamboo; allelopathy

8/14/17: Two European estates in America:
gardens of Ford house in Grosse Pointe MI; plants attracting pollinators

8/19/17: An urban jungle:
ivy, ailanthus, golden bamboo; crape myrtle, bougainvillea, Victorian box, wisteria; California peppertree; urban plantings, parks

8/25/17: Sago palms:

8/29/17: California fuchsia:
Epilobium canum; also plants in the genus Fuchsia; Palo Alto demonstration garden at Lucie Stern Center

9/9/17: Runner ducks, runner beans, rubber ducks:
scarlet runner beans

9/10/17: The fan, the spathiphyllum, and the impressionist garden:
Spathiphylum; Monet’s gardens at Giverney; late-season plants at Gamble Garden

9/14/17: Wild Asia in Sonoma:
Quarryhill Botanical Garden; four shrubs/trees there

9/17/17: Hot Lips:
Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’

9/19/17: Blue Curls:
succulent varieties ‘Blue Curls’ and ‘Blue Waves’ in the genus Echeveria

9/23/17: Boys with Plants:
Monstera deliciosa, Agave, Strelitzia

9/24/17: A sapsucking planthopper:
tree of heaven

9/26/17: Ice Dance in the garden:
Carex morrowii, sedges and nutsedges

9/30/17: The archangel Michael:
Michaelmas daisy

10/15/17: Lilyturf, bronze pin heads, and ungrammatical yucca:
liriope, yuccas, agaves

10/16/17: Revisiting 8: Rod Canyon:
California bay laurel, Umbellularia californica; bay laurel, Laurus nobilis

10/17/17: Mahonia, Berberis, Ilex:
various species in these three genera

10/21/17: Household gifts:
plant mister for mini-phals

10/27/17: The X-Bulbs, plus Greek Sword:
9 plants with X in their botanical names

11/4/17: The succulent report:
Agave desmetiana, Aloe vera, Cymbidium on my patios

11/12/17: A tale of two flowers:
Salvia leucantha, Mexican bush sage; Buddleja / Buddleia spp., butterfly bush

11/13/17: Orchids on the march:
first cymbidium of the season

11/21/17: Xmas bell flowering maple
Abutilon ‘Tiger Eye’

11/24/17: The leafy N + N compounds of fall:
leaf slime/sludge

12/1/17: A golden moment:
Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park; Mister Lincoln hybrid tea rose; yellow/orange flowers (nasturtiums, roses, daylilies, milkweed, abutilon), tangerines; DYCs (damned yellow composites), including marguerite daisies / Paris daisies

12/6/17: 100 years of independence:

12/7/17: The saguaro in bloom:
saguaro cactus

12/20/17: Yet more green leaves and red berries:
Asparagus densiflorus / aethiopicus and other plants with green leaves and red berries

1/4/18: Spathy in maturity:
spathiphyllum flowers

1/9/18: Orchids in the rain:

2/1/18: Some winter flowers:
garden ranunculus (Persian buttercup); saucer magnolias; flowering fruit trees, esp. flowering plums

2/3/18: Tulip trees and magnolias:
saucer magnolias, M. grandiflora (southern magnolia), M. stellata (star magnolia), Liriodendron (tulip trees)

2/5/18: Pretty in pink 2018:
Bryophyllum daigremontianum, evil genius, mother of thousands, etc.

2/9/18: Mary Jane comes to Palo Alto:

2/21/18: Adventures in alcohol:
sweet woodruff

2/28/18: POP on the half shell:
plants and flowers in Botticelli’s Primavera

3/13/18: Mistakes in avian medicine:
crowfoot, bird’s-foot trefoil. cock’s-foot

3/20/18: Perfectionist in pink sequin:
pansies (in pink)

4/7/18: The cymbidium report 4/7/18:
5 cymbidium photos

4/17/18: Cuppy and his cub:
2018 photos of the apricot /peach maxi cymbidium

4/23/18: Spring flowers,common and exotic:
mock-orange, foxgloves, bearded irises; Elegia capensis, Puya coerulea

4/26/18: New on the patio:
succulents; Echevaria ‘Blue Curls’; Senecio serpens; Senecio cineraria; Common Ragwort; Echevaria secunda; flowers that smell like cat urine, smegma; alpine Senecios; coleus plants of several strains

4/27/18: Don’t deny your cravings:
almond trees

4/29/18: acuminate:
acuminate leaves, agaves, masting / mast seeding

4/30/18: Prickly silk:
Ceiba speciosa, silk floss tree

5/1/18: Stanford Arizona III:
Ceiba pentandra, kapok tree

5/1/18: Stanford Arizona IV:

5/1/18: Stanford Arizona V:
ceroid cacti

5/3/18: He said “prickles”:
prickly pears (Opuntia)

5/3/18: Green trunks in the desert:
palo verde trees (Parkinsonia)

5/6/18: On the track of me’s deodorant:
melaleucas: M. alternifolia, M. quinquenervia

5/6/18: Ocotillo:
desert plants (Fouquiera)

5/6/18: 50 shades of green:
Marquis De Sod landscaping company

5/8/18: haws, hawthorns, Haworth, Haworthia, Hawick:
succulent Haworthia, flowering shrub hawthorn

5/10/18: Festival Burgundy:
Cordyline species; ti plant

5/11/18: The poppies of summer:
California poppies, Matilijal poppies, Oriental poppies

5/11/18: The patio boys: Cuppy, Ti-Boi, and Cairo Callen:
cymbidium, ti plant, purple calla lily

5/13/18: Gay butterflies:
Asclepias species

5/15/18: The turquoise dish:
succulent garden; silver-leaved sedum; silver-leaved lamium

5/19/18: The 6-fold way:
flowers with 3, 4, 5, 6 petals

5/20/18: Two from Fairbanks:
poisonous and venomous plants; Dendrocnida moroides, gympie gympie

5/21/18: bunny ears:
Opuntia microdasys

5/25/18: Similarities:
Daucus carota, Queen Anne’s lace / carrot; Orlaya grandiflora, white laceflower; globe artichoke; Melianthus major, giant honey flower; Francoa sonchifolia, bridalwreath; Spiraea, spirea / bridal wreath

5/29/18: It’s alive!:
Matilija poppy

5/29/18: Alchemilla:
lady’s-mantle, Alchemilla mollis

5/31/18: A plant too invasive even for me:
Houttuynia cordata, chameleon plant; other dragon-toothing plants; gardening with invasive plants

6/2/18: Panic in Quercy Park:
plants with panicle flowers, esp. Hydrangea, Panicum species

6/7/18: White stars on a field of green:
Myoporum (boobialla) species, Verbascum (mullein)

6/11/18: Purple Pride:
purple calla, silver lamium with purple flowers

6/18/18: Fried eggs and fairy wands:
taxonomic names and common names; Romneya coulteri, Dierama pulcherrimum, Chamaelirium luteum, Liatris spicata, Sparaxis tricolor, Galax urceolata; Matilija poppy, fried egg flower, angel’s fishing rod, fairy wand, blazing star, gayfeather, wandflower, harlequin flower, beetleweed

6/19/18: The wands, magic wands, and fairy wands of Pride:
wands and plants that are metaphorically wands or fairy wands

6/19/18: The ways of plants are inscrutable:
callas and spathiphyllums

6/20/18: The cheese of my forebears:
Trigonella caerulea and T. foenum-graecum, blue fenugreek and fenugreek

6/26/18: Hydrangeal matters:
H. macrophylla ‘lacecap’

7/1/18: Aroused soap-opera scientists and the Stanford screw-moss:
Hennediella stanfordensis, the Stanford screw-moss; mosses and ferns

7/6/18: Food and sex for the 4th:
watermelon vine

7/14/18: Braised short ribs with Swiss chard, and the Swiss Hotel:
Swiss chard and closely related plants

7/17/18: Charlotte:
Joseph Banks and Strelitzia in relation to Charlotte Mecklinburg-Strelitz

7/17/18: Chard semantics, chard art, and chard food:
the Swiss chard plant and its varieties, esp. ‘Bright Lights’; the plant as a garden ornamental

7/25/18: At Boulders Beach:
fynbos vegetation in South Africa

7/28/18: Local news: weather and food:
the barley plant and its seeds

8/6/18: Friends of friends:
Hylotelephium (formerly Sedum) spectabile varieties ‘Autumn Joy’ and ‘Autumn Fire’; Elaeagnus commutata (and angustifolia and multiflora) and Olea europaea; silverberry, Russian-olive, olive

8/7/18: Two texties, in two tonalities:
technicalism in naming plant parts

8/8/18: Succulents on a rampage:
patio plants: Echeveria ‘Blue Curls’, silvery Echeveria, erect Crassula, rat tail Crassula, Senecio serpens, sedums

8/19/19: End of season:
fall-blooming anemone (Anemone hupehensis), (pink) naked ladies (Amaryllis belladonna)

8/23/18: Late summer food:
culinary basil, Ocimum basilicum

8/30/18: Mandarin orange at the Malamute Saloon:
Mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata)

9/1/18: An explosion of succulents:
patio succulents exploding into bloom

9/3/18: Goldenrods and Boston cops:
Solidago macrophylla

9/11/18: Rainforest houseplants:

9/14/18: Fruit cream tarts, one with pansy:
Viola tricolor, pansy and Johnny jump up; Echeveria

9/14/18: Neighborhood flora: the cranesbills:
Geranium species: hybrid ‘Johnson’s Blue; wildflower G. dissectum, cutleaf cranesbill

9/15/18: Neighborhood flora: Chinese elms:
Ulmus parvifolia

9/20/18: Neighborhood flora: phormiums:
cultivars in the genus Phormium of common Palo Alto plants; low-water plants for the area

9/23/18: Stormy compounds in English:
mushrooms resembling penises

9/24/18: Sleep on, harvest moon:
4 species for Sukkot; fruit for Mid-Autumn Festival

9/25/18: Inch by inch:
patio succulents: Echeverias, Senecios, in particular; Senecio mandraliscae

9/27/18: From vine to towering tree, in four steps:
hyacinth beans, ‘Sweet Caress’ mahonia. the mountain cabbage tree, cucumber (magnolia) tree

10/13/18: Chic peas and more:
chickpeas, cipollini onions, prune plums, red-hulled rice

10/26/18: At duty on the moors:
Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia

11/3/18: News for pumpkins: art and science:
evolution of cucurbits (and elephantids)

11/5/18: Mandala swimmer, Kali tat, Banksia stamp:
sacred lotus, Nelumbo nucifera; genus Banksia; other iconic Australian flora (gum trees / eucalypts, wattles / Acacia spp.)

11/12/18: News for penises: salt and pepper:
Fairchild Garden in Coral Gables FL; other large public gardens

11/19/18: Gesneriana:
Conrad Ges(s)ner and plants; the family Gesneriaceae (the gesneriads), including Saintpaulia, Sinningia, Streptocarpus, Columnea; tulips

11/30/18: Green flowers:
15 green flowers: flowers bred for green varieties; (orchid) flowers green in nature; flowers with showy green sepals; green berries. Also hypericums. Floristry, flower arrangement, floral art.

12/7/18: O rosemary, my rosemary:
rosemary bush as mini Christmas tree

12/12/18: Three artists:
Odilon Redon flower paintings; ikebana

12/20/18: Needles and scales:
leaf types (broad, needle-like, scale-like); plants from 8 familes; specific plants: Fabiana imbricata violacea, Coleonema pulchellum, Calluna vulgaris, Cryptomeria japonica, Cedrus libani, Geranium, Pelargonium, Ruta graveolens, Euphorbia x martini, Abies procera

12/26/18: Four presents:
#1, #8: plans in ceramic planters: clover, wild strawberries, basil, mint

1/5/19: Three kings from 1900:
plants in the genus Boswellia, yielding frankincense, and Commiphora, yelding myrrh

1/23/19: Penguin bearing wild strawberries:
wild strawberries; also cymbidiums, flowering fruit trees

1/24/19: ivy duff:
ivy duff, Ponderosa pine duff, redwood duff, redwood sorrel

1/25/19: Nolde to de l’Écluse to Busbecq:

1/25/19: Blue roses:
blue roses

1/28/19: Winter gardens:
indoor gardens in the winter; northern California winter plants

1/31/19: Suspended Christmas:
Smilax rotundifolia, S. smallii; Asparagus asparagoides (florist’s smilax)

3/1/19: The leek and the daffodil:
plants for St. David’s Day

3/2/19: fried chicken waffle Benedict
lilies and X lilies

3/3/19: My darling clematis:
the genus Clematis; large-flowered hybrids

3/18/19: Cum, sweat, and broccoli:
cumin (Cumimum cymimum), black cumin (Bunium bulbocastanum), black seed (Nigella sativa); love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)

3/26/19: They might be herons:
arums, yuccas and agaves; botanical gardens and arboretums

3/28/19: Revisiting 28: van Gogh and Redon:
elecampane (Inula helenium)

3/29/19: Lilacs in California: Lavender Lady:
Syringa, Ceonothus, Lavandula

3/30/19: News for carnivorous penises:
pitcher plants of the genus Nepenthes; Viburnum dentatum

4/7/19: Two moments of iridaceous naming:
two subfamilies of the Iridaceae; Douglas iris; montbretia and other crocoid plants; freesias

4/9/19: The serial entrepreneur of Victoria BC:

4/16/19: If you can’t spell it, you can’t sell it!:
acai palm and the palm family; guarana vine and the soapberry family; buckeyes

4/18/19: Le Pingouin aux Parapluies Roses:
wild strawberry, spathypyllum

4/19/19: The white and the red:
Iris confusa, bamboo iris; Iris douglasiana; Anigozanthus, kangaroo paw; Lilium longifolium, Easter lily; calla lily; white amaryllis (Hippeastrum); red amaryllis; Passiflora, passion flower; Cornus, dogwood

5/1/19: The May flower:
yellow crocuses, yellow daffodils, lilies of the valley

5/1/19: Here we cme a-frankerin’:
poison oak

5/2/19: Early summer:
cymbidiums, kalanchoe, wild strawberries, purple callas, Echeveria

5/5/19: Wooden arches:
arches as garden features; ivy and yellow trumpet vine

5/5/19: A coincidence of days:
naked gardening

5/9/19: Super Calla Fraggle-istic:
callas of several varieties

5/12/19: Parade of Fangs, Eye of the Pumpkin:
fancy hybrid daylilies; irises, lilies

5/20/19: Annals of fruity goodness: the strawberry file:
strawberries, roses, potatoes, petunias; plant parts and plant types; Rosaceae, Solanaceae

5/28/19: Semantics of compounds:
water spinach, Ipomoea aquatica

5/30/19: Wisely seasoned:
sages of various genera

5/31/19: Flirting with magenta:
Lychnis coronaria; Montiopsis umbellata; Hebe hybrids; Claytonia virginica, perfoliata

6/1/19: Follow-up: magenta greens:
Chenopodium giganteum; fuchsia coleus; fuchsia cordyline; magenta Alternanthera

6/3/19: The dog of ivy:
ivy topiary

6/4/19: perennial, evergreen, hardy:
botanical terms (vs. annual/biennial, deciduous, tender); figs, mulberries, Osage oranges

8/8/19: Minimal pears:
Seckel pears

8/15/19: Blue and black at the Gamble Garden:
blue flax-lilies, dark purple hollyhocks

8/22/19: Sexy Dark Swiss:
Inula helenium; black truffles

8/24/19: GG on an August morning:
dahlias, zinnias, chrysanthemums, autumn-blooming anemones, (pink) naked ladies, many salvias, lemon verbena, trumpet vine, kiwi vines, cockspur coral tree, rock correa; plant families

9/5/19: Revisiting 33: the ambiguity of the truffle:
truffles the fungus; truffle pigs/hogs

10/14/19: Space Candy:
artisanal marijuana plants

10/15/19: The better body butter, with Whipped Shea Butter:
the shea nut tree, Vitellaria paradoxa

10/19/19: Another Griffithian mantra:

10/24/19: Grammar and gardening:
the figure of Grammar (in the Seven Liberal Arts) as a gardener

10/31/19: Marc-Olivier Zwicky:
seed protection company Syngenta; Euroseeds organization

12/15/19: The images quilt:
R4C2 Quercus agrifolia, the California live oak

12/21/19: Surprise! Vadim’s gay alphabet:
Vadim Temkin’s sexy gay alphabet images: cymbidiums

12/24/19: Hung with care:
Vadim’s alphabet on AZBlog: cymbidiums

1/2/20: Zwicky with a beat:
onion vs. potato as state vegetable (in WA and ID)

1/4/20: It’s a tree! It’s a song!:
royal poinciana tree; plant names

1/21/20: A squirrel in the hand:
plant pests in my garden

2/15/20: Revisiting 43: The Socka Hitsch nominal on the rural Swiss roadside:
the chamois, or common ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris)

2/25/20: Timothy and Agrimony:
timothy grass (Phleum pratense), agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria)

3/24/20: Mexican dicks with super-spiny nipples:
Mammilaria spinosissimus ssp pilcayensis

3/29/20: St. Martin des Poires:
Bartlett pear trees

4/10/20: Easter egg 2020.1: Mussorgsky chicken with crocuses:
edible crocuses

5/1/20: Trois lapins pour le premier mai:

6/9/20: The June flora and fauna report:
plants on my patio, esp. cymbidiums, calla liles, hydrangea

6/27/20: Meet the Jays:
more on the plants on my patio: cymbidiums, succulents, etc.

7/20/20: Please don’t eat the flooring:

8/25/20: Creature log in the smoke times:
plants on my patio; seeds in birdfeed mixes

9/5/20: The rainbow party dog:
plants in a floral arrangenent

9/7/20: The post-celebratory day:
flowers in Jacquie Lawson animated ecards

9/19/20: Marrow among the courgettes:
zucchini, marrow, courgette

9/20/20: gone to seed:
going to seed / bolting; dandelions, lettuce, parsley

9/21/20: Mushroom days:
mushrooms and their cultivation

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