Kalanchoe, ka-lan-KO-ee, ka-lan-CHO-ee

The name Kalanchoe — pronounce it either ka-lan-KO-ee or ka-lan-CHO-ee and you’ll be just fine — may sound strange and foreboding and, if truth be told, some of the plants included in thi...

Heirloom Tea Roses

It’s really a shame that gardeners, like everyone else, have just one life to live.  For focusing on bringing more beauty into the world, you would think that gardeners deserve two or three lives at ...

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...