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It is now winter and the Aloe arborescens are blooming. In San Francisco Botanical Garden there are grand plantings of them in both the South African section and the Succulent Garden. Their cherry red flowers are a delight to hummingbirds...

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Aloe wickensii (Geelaalwyn) flowering succculent in Gerhard Bock garden with Agave americana mediopicta alba in front of Yucca rostrata'Saphire Skies' and yellow flowering Aloe 'Moonglow'

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Pityrogramma triangularis, Goldback Fern, or Pentagramma triangularis ssp. triangularis fronds unfolding in spring, California native plant in summer-dry garden

Paying Attention

"Paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world, receiving the gifts with open eyes and open heart." Robin Wall Kimmerer...

Exploring an Oak

Says Mary Oliver: "Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore...

December Photos

December can be the least exciting time in the garden and the most difficult month to find photos for a calendar.  It is particularly...

Autumn in Western Gardens

Traditionally autumn is illustrated with New England foliage but every gardener in every region knows a different aesthetic. In the West, with so many...

In The Garden

Autumn in California

Tallgrass Prairie Rhizosphere

I do not know the origin, nor can explain my fascination with grasslands. Perhaps it is some sort of primeval pull of human origin, in...

Sketches in John’s Garden

John Greenlee is known as the Grass Man.  His extensive knowledge of ornamental grasses and garden meadow making have led him to corporate commissions...

Better than Lawn

A gardener visiting Minnesota in the summer discovers a climate that revels in big beautiful native perennials.  The influences of the northern prairie can be seen in...

Tough Plants – Tough Climates

I try to treat every garden I visit with a sense of wonder, open to what it reveals, always looking for photographs to present...

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