7 Plant Wonders of Los Angeles

Below is a list of what are, in my humble opinion, the seven wonders of the Los Angeles plant world, as well as some honorable mentions. 1.  I initially thought of making such a list many years ago w...

Columbine, Convolvulus, and Kalanit

Columbine, a flower meant for every garden, is a study in irony.  Let’s start with its name.  Columbine is derived from columbo, the Latin word for dove.  If you take the flower and turn it ups...

Godetia of Celestial Origins

When you look at Godetia, do you see God? Actually, Godetia is named for a Swiss Botanist by the name of Charles Henry Godet, who lived 200 years ago.  But the plant that honors his name is clearly c...

Don’t Forget to Notice the Natives

You know you’re getting old when time worn clichés begin to ring true.  One of those clichés admonishes us: “don’t forget to stop and smell the roses,” to which I would add, “and don’t forget to stop...

Staghorn Fern Staggers the Mind

Otto von Bismarck, the powerful diplomatic deal maker of 19th century Europe, is famously quoted as saying that politics is “the art of the possible.”  Horticulture, by contrast, could be defined as ...