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Archive for April, 2008

Sex, Power and a Flower

Flowers have been used for almost everything in history, but one of the grand stories is the one of the Hyacinth.  It was always popular, but made world famous at the French Court by none other than the beautiful mistress of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour.  She was a highly educated beauty and always more than [...]

April 25, 2008 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
Tags:  · Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall

This flower has a story to tell.

Do you know the history of the tulip?  How about the daffodil?  Unless you know all about Tulipomania, Clusius, and the stories about a goddess named Echo and a handsome youth named Narcissus, you’ll enjoy our article on the history of these two flowers.  The perfect conversation starters for spring. Click here.

April 20, 2008 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
Tags: ,  · Posted in: Flower Bulbs

California’s Hills are alive.

This photo was taken at Gorman, CA.  According to the California Wildflower Hotsheet (See link at right.) Gorman is beautifully in bloom this year, right now.  The area may be a few days past peak, but compared to most places, it’s unforgettable.  Easterners, still with cold and mud, can only dream about such a magnificent display–one [...]

April 20, 2008 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
Posted in: Gardening in Spring and Summer, Wildflowers

California bursts into bloom.

Eat your heart out, Easterners.  This is when the California coastal hills put on one of the biggest natural wildflower shows in the world.  Several species of lupine (left), golden California poppies and other natives carpet the grassy hills made emerald green by spring.  This photo is by master photographer, Don Paulson.

April 15, 2008 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
Tags: ,  · Posted in: Wildflowers

Relax. One sunny day doesn’t mean spring.

It happens every year. The sun comes out, and gardeners all over the country start calling. “Where’s my order?  I’m ready to plant!”  We patiently explain that we really WILL send it at that magical time: “the correct planting time for your area.”  Tender bulbs, certain wildflower seeds and lots of our perennials will really [...]

April 11, 2008 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Spring and Summer, Perennials, Wildflowers

The two Earth Days.

April 22 is the date most people recognize, but there’s another one.  When you do the research, you learn that April 22 is the date used by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, the man who is often said to be the “Founder of Earth Day”, based on the first celebration 37 years ago.  But an activist editor [...]

April 10, 2008 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
Tags:  · Posted in: Wildflowers

Lavender. Yes, you can grow it.

Everbody loves lavender, and Lavender “Munstead”, the best for the US,  is a best-seller every year with our perennials, now on sale.  There’s all kinds of detail on growing it on the site; click here for the details. But all you need to know is that lavender is really a desert plant–do not put it into [...]

April 1, 2008 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
Tags:  · Posted in: Gardening in Spring and Summer, Perennials