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Paradoxical rose of Christmas

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Paradoxical rose of Christmas

Here is a glorious colony growing just West of our Administration building. I took that picture last February: they do bloom for many months! A good reason to plant some in a shady spot at your house. These are growing in a half dozen gardens at DBG: do take a stroll around over the next month and see how many of these paradoxical roses you can find. A little like looking...

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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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