Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Little Down and Out

Just wanted to say so sorry for not keeping up with postings here. I've torn my meniscus in my knee and although it is not serious and should heal on its own, it is keeping me down much of the time and certainly out of the garden. Getting ready for the onslaught of family coming for the holidays takes up what little activity I can muster each day without irritating my joint so the garden is just coasting along under the supervision of my handy helpers. I did get some things done right before my injury and I hope to show them to you soon! Meanwhile I have to appreciate plants like this beautiful variegated flax that doesn't miss me in the least when I am not around.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Searching for Abutilon

Although I've been busy visiting nurseries trying to pick up some shrubs and perennials for spaces in need of reviving in SJC, I am not finding any abutilon.  They really are one of my favorite shrubs that, although considered a tropical plant, seem to bloom all fall and winter long and most of the spring. They are disease resistant and rarely are bothered by insects. Simple, easy and charming, no wonder the nurseries are sold out!