This is one of those cases where pretty much all of us have taken at least a passing glimpse at a Siberian pea-tree, also known as Siberian pea-shrub or simply Caragana (Caragana arborescens) many times but outside of the gardening world no one really pays attention to it; it’s simply another shade of green that blends in with the peripheral landscape of more familiar things. It tends to stand out most in spring, when it’s bright tender foliage emerges in sync with vibrant yellow pea-shaped blossoms. This handsome woody legume is your 9th plant of the week. (more…)
In most parts of the country, spring has undoubtedly begun to creep back into the landscape, however subtle that may be in some places. The lengthening days and strength of the sun is unmistakable and fills us with encouragement and hope for yet another prosperous and bountiful growing season. As such, many plants are beginning to show themselves as they put forth their first flush of green leaves after a long, cold winter. Many of the earliest plants to reveal themselves (even when temperatures are barely tipping above freezing) are members of the mustard family (Brassicaceae) which includes some of our favorite and most familiar garden vegetables. (more…)
Hello everyone, and happy April! Depending on where you are living the spring season may already be thoroughly underway, just beginning or still a faint murmur as you gaze out the window at snow drifts. No matter what climate you may find yourself and however prolonged or brief spring may be it is undeniable how satisfying it is to see the first edible plants (whether wild or cultivated) emerge from the formally frozen soil. They are absolutely delicious and so refreshing after surviving on a winter diet that is all too often very rich but also monotonous and usually lacking in fresh vegetables of all kinds.
This week I would like to share with you a hardy, perennial vine that I learned about earlier last year and at some point (hopefully sooner rather than later) would like to add to my living collection of useful and beautiful plants. Although drab by most gardener’s standards, this vigorous and fast growing plant definitely deserves some space, especially if you are interested in unusual yet perfectly practical plants that, really, just haven’t quite caught on yet. Diversity is strength, and never is that more true than in your garden or on your plate. Your 6th Plant of the Week is Dioscorea polystchya.
Despite the ever lengthening list of new and exciting plants I have come across over the last few weeks that I would positively love to look into further for future installments, I decided to not let myself get too carried away. As such, for the 5th installment of Plant of the Week I am going to focus on a species that has been a favorite of mine for the many, many years that I have had the pleasure of having it carefully stored away within my botanical mind palace. If you two have not met already then allow me introduce you to the positively lovely yet rough and tough Rosa rugosa.