las animas

las animas hike, Mexico

While visiting friends in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, we had the opportunity to take a quiet two hour jungle hike along the coast south of the city. It can be fairly arduous at times and the air was moist and hot. The aim of this hike is to reach beaches with no road access where small restaurants have set shop. Continue reading “las animas”


living wall

Living wall at Red Butte Garden

What started as a single large living wall in the orangerie of Red Butte Garden has grown into a grandiose triptych including what seems like dozens of plant species. I am a closet begonia lover… which seems a waste since they like to grow indoors and can do so with limited sunlight. Anyway… want a closer look:

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mail-order tillandsia


On the occasion of Valentine’s day I decided to save Thomas the trouble of going out for cut flowers and ordered a few tillandsias from {Air Plant Supply Co}. The plants made their way from Florida to Utah very quickly. I ordered them on a Monday to insure they would be here before the long weekend. The size of the xerographicas were just as awesome as advertised and the cost very reasonable when compared with the exorbitant offerings locally. Continue reading “mail-order tillandsia”

High Country Garden 2016


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It seems an undisputed fact around Utah gardeners that there is no finer online provider of drought tolerant plants as High Country Gardens.  This contributes to a large amount of screen time “just looking” at the 2016 offerings.

The unusual Buddleia alternifolia above came warmly recommended by the Plant Select lecturer during Plant Con. I don’t have space for it right now but can’t promise not to bring one home if I meet one.

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The pink Eriogonum above is not hardy to my zone but what an annual it would make, a good alternative to Verbena Bonariensis maybe? It’s hard to get an idea of the size and leaves from this picture.

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This is another of those “if only I had the space…”. A springtime walk in the wooded area the Water Conservation garden in South Jordan would convince anyone they need a Philadelphus Lewis. The smell is absolutely intoxicating.

That about wraps it up… staring at plants makes me really resent the snow, better get back to my loom.