Photo: Purple Orchid from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2014 via #instagram

 Purple orchid

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Video: Photo montage from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2014

This is a photomontage of some sights from our visit to this year’s Southern California Spring Garden Show in Costa Mesa, California including over 100 photos from the event. There is a lot to see a this show each year including show gardens, a huge collection of orchids, iris, succulents of all shapes and much, much, more.

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Flowering Now: Calochortus superbus (Superb mariposa lily) – California Native

A few months ago I purchased this Calochortus superbus bulb at at meeting the California Native Plant Society. Native plants aren’t my typical choice for garden plants, but I loved the look of these flowers when I saw them during the speaker’s slide show, so I picked up one for myself and one for a friend.

The bulbs had been growing rather slowly for the last few weeks, but a few days I noticed flower buds and yesterday one of these opened into this beautiful, if small, flower. Now that it has flowered (with a few more buds yet to open) it will be time to stop watering it so it can go through its normal cycle and fall dormant as the heat of the Summer arrives. It is important to NOT water natives during the Summer, as this duplicates their normal lifecycle and prevents them from rotting, which they seem to do very easily when given water out of season. I’ll place this pot aside once it has finished flowering and bring it out again when the Fall rains arrive.

Calochortus superbus

Calochortus superbus (Superb mariposa lily)

Calochortus superbus

Calochortus superbus (Superb mariposa lily)

From Wikipedia…

Calochortus superbus is a species of flowering plant in the lily family known by the common name superb mariposa lily. It is endemic to California, where it is a common member of the flora in several types of habitat statewide. It is a perennial herb growing up to 40 to 60 centimeters tall with a basal leaf up to 30 centimeters long which withers by flowering. The inflorescence is a loose cluster of 1 to 3 erect, bell-shaped flowers. Each flower has three sepals and three petals all up to 4 centimeters long and blotched with yellow at the bases. There is generally a darker spot within the yellow area, and the base color of the segments may be white to light purple or solid yellow. The fruit is an angled capsule 5 or 6 centimeters long. This plant resembles Calochortus luteus, a chief discriminant being the oval to crescent shaped nectary of C. luteus compared to the squarish nectary of C. superbus.[1]Wikipedia

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Interesting Plant: Sempervivum (Live forever, Hen and Chicks, Houseleek, Donnersbart)

Sempervivum

I remember my grandmother always have pots of sempervivum growing both inside and outside the house. She would have called then “hen and chicks” of course, the common name we all used back in Ohio. This was long before I was taking any interest in the Latin names of plants. (LAUGH)

One of the common names, ‘Hen and chicks”  comes from the nature of the sempervivum to put off little sprouts along its base which gather like chicks around a mother hen. These also make the plant easy to propagate, as the “chicks” can be carefully pulled off and planted elsewhere. These hardy plants are great for any beginning gardener and those who just want something that is always showing some life throughout the year. They also come in a large number of varieties, so there is something here for nearly everyone.

Sempervivum tectorum

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Sempervivum /sɛmpəˈvvəm/,[1] is a genus of about 40 species of flowering plants in the Crassulaceae family, known as houseleeks. Other common names include live forever and hen and chicks. They are succulent perennials forming mats composed of tufted leaves in rosettes. In favourable conditions they spread rapidly via offsets, and several species are valued in cultivation as groundcover for dry, sunny spots.[2]

The name Sempervivum has its origin in the Latin semper (“always”) and vivus (“living”), because this perennial plant keeps its leaves in winter and is very resistant to difficult conditions of growth.[3] The common name houseleek is believed to stem from the traditional practice of growing plants on the roofs of houses to ward off lightning strikes.[3] The plant is not closely related to the true leek, which belongs to the onion family.

Other common names reflect the plant’s ancient association with Thor, the Norse god of thunder, and the Roman Jupiter. Hence names such as “Jupiter’s beard” and the German Donnersbart (“thunder beard”).[3]

– Wikipedia
 

 
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Video: Squirrel says, “Whew! It’s been a busy morning! Time for a nap.”

Squirrel says, “Whew! It’s been a busy morning! Time for a nap.” At least, that is what I think he was saying. Just a short scene from the garden today.

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In The Neighborhood: Friend and neighbor replaces lawn to with garden

Our friends and neighbors about 1 block away have decided to tear out their water-hungry lawn and replace it with more drought tolerant plants. I took these two angles in hopes that I can visit regular and show the progress as these plants fill out to cover the space. These aren’t native plants, but rather typical landscaping choices such as lantana. I can understand that, as my own experience in growing natives is that they require a lot more care and attention than most of can offer. I’ve noticed more and more folks converting their lawn lately, which I think is a great trend here in Southern California. Some have even made the shift to growing food in their front yards, which I think is even better. I continue to grow more vegetables in my own garden and I am looking to expand, too.

I’ll keep you informed of the progress here.

Garden change 1

Looking from northeast to Southwest

Garden change 2

Looking from Southeast to Northwest

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Video: Scenes from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2014

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Some sights from our visit to this year’s Southern California Spring Garden Show in Costa Mesa, California. There is a lot to see a this show each year including show gardens, a huge collection of orchids, iris, succulents of all shapes and much, much, more.

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Photos: Southern California Spring Garden Show 2014 – The Complete Album

Here is a collection of all my photos from our visit to the 2014 Southern California Spring Garden Show in Costa Mesa, California. There is a lot to see a this show each year including show gardens, a huge collection of orchids, iris, succulents of all shapes and much, much, more.

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Southern Californa Spring Garden Show 2014

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