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Plantidote of the Day 2013-02-20

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Plantidote of the Day 2013-02-19

peach blossom

Prunus persica

Peach blossom

[Plantidote readers, please see special note at the end.] According to the Sunset Western Garden Guide, peach trees need some cold weather (below 45 degrees) to produce fruit. This winter, Zone 10 has been pretty chilly. Maybe that's why the peach trees are covered with blossoms. In fact, I've never seen so many blooms on these trees. But the book also says that if spring is cool and rainy, the peaches won't do well. They really like a hot weather growing season. So now we have to wait and see how spring turns out. In the meantime, the blossoms are beautiful and so colorful, they make the whole yard come alive!

NOTE: Good news: I have work. Bad news: I can't do Plantidotes until the work is done. Would anyone -- maybe a couple of people -- like to take over, starting next week? It's actually not difficult or very time consuming. I can provide details if anyone is interested. Just email me at: twig4now@gmail.com. KTXBAI! Read below the fold...

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Plantidote of the Day 2013-01-08

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-12-25

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Euphorbia pulcherrima

Poinsettia (Mars Marble)

Happy Everything, everyone! Hope you have a day to remember, for only good reasons.

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-12-4

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-11-12

pink oleander

Nerium oleander

Oleander

If this looks familiar, good news -- you aren't losing your mind. You have seen this one before. Sorry about that. I'm in deep deadline doo-doo and will return with more originals soon.

Cheers!

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-11-06

election rose

Election Day Rose

Raise your hand if this rose looks like how you feel after being dragged through months of ridiculous politicking, conniving, and chicanery. Yeah, me, too. Read below the fold...

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Plantidote/Birdidote of the Day 2012-10-30

bananaquit bird

Thanks to Correntian YesMaybe, we have our first hybrid post combining a plant and a bird. Some details from YM:

This is a Tabebuia rosea tree that's in our yard. The common name
here is 'savannah oak.' It's semi-deciduous, losing its leaves during
the dry seasons, and then producing big pink flower clusters and (a
little later on) new leaves, so it's very popular as a decorative
tree. The bird is a bananaquit.

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-09-24

hibiscus

Rosa sinensis

Hibiscus

The last hibiscus of summer. Actually, this plant blooms all year, but it's most productive in summer. And there aren't any more blossoms at the moment, so I'm declaring this the end of summer. Tomorrow, autumn in Zone 10. Stay tuned ....

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-09-04

gerberas

Gerbera jamesonii

Transvaal daisy

This may be an oldie, but it's still a goodie, yes? Gerberas are so simple and unpretentious. Like sunflowers, they always look happy. And dog knows, we need all the happy we can get these days. Enjoy! Read below the fold...

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-08-27 UPDATED!!

crape myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica

Crape myrtle

Very much in bloom here in Zone 10. These trees are quite common here in LA, the pink ones especially, but there are also white and lavender varieties. Crape myrtles are deciduous trees, which the Sunset garden book describes as having a "very attractive trunk and branch pattern." The trees bloom from July to September. Read below the fold...

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-06-05 UPDATED!

gaura lindheimeri

Gaura lindheimeri

Gaura or Whirling butterflies Read below the fold...

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-05-14

pineapple guava

Feijoa sellowiana

Pineapple guava

This poor tree has been blooming for years, but has never produced fruit. It needs (I'm guessing) cross pollination and there's no second tree. Last year I bought seeds to grow a new one, but they didn't even sprout. I promised the tree I would find it a mate, so one way or another, it's going to have fruit -- someday. Read below the fold...

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-04-10

spring bouquet

Spring bouquet

I must be getting old. When I shot this a couple days ago, I knew the name of the red and bright pink flowers. Now I can't remember what it is. (The little purple ones are pansies -- even I know that!)

So please do me a favor -- some flower/garden person who still has functioning brain cells, throw me a bone and tell me what it is, so I can write up the details. Assuming I don't forget, of course ;-)

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-03-20

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