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Christmas red year 'round!

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Christmas red year 'round!

OK..it's not as red as that--I suppose any one of the dozens of forms of our native Claret Cup cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) would out Christmas this one, but I couldn't resist showing this amazing watermelon red hybrid cactus I stumbled on in Dryland Mesa...not literally--I happened on it. It would not be good to stumble on this... This scorching red Cardinal Flower has grown in the bog alongside the pool in...

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Mad about Monocots!

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Mad about Monocots!

The variability in the genus Kniphofia is truly astonishing. This massive species (Kniphofia Northiae) has been growing in the Rock Alpine Garden for nearly 20 years. It is one of the largest in the genus, and one of the first to bloom as well. I shall never forget finding a vast slope of these on Bastard Voetpad Pass in the East Cape in January of 1994, stark black stems from...

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African dreaming...

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African dreaming...

Here is a pretty amazing patch of an ice plant from the highest mountains of the East Cape Drakensberg--which is likely to prove very hardy in mountain gardens as well. David Salman of High Country Gardens gave this to me as a host gift a few years ago: it has astonished me with the immense flowers (nearly 3" across) and its long season of bloom in the winter months: it even...

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African stars

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African stars

The Chldrens' garden is spectacular most any time, but if you have not visited in late April, May, June you will have missed the shimmering carpets of this 2011 Plant Select winner. It's almost blinding in its whiteness for months on end. But up close the wonderful daisies are just as appealing. Another star in the Family is the only hardy Arctotis that has been introduced thus far. Arctotis adpressa is...

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