Devon on March 24th, 2018

While living in Italy, I have had a lot of visitors ask me what the “umbrella” looking pine tree is called all across the Italian landscape. This tree is aptly named the Umbrella orĀ Italian Stone Pine. For my horticulture friends, Pinus pinea. You may be wondering where the second common names come from (Stone Pine). […]

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Devon on November 18th, 2012

Just like in a previous post, this mushroom has not been exposed to radiation. It’s is completely natural. Well, natural for a mushroom that glows in the dark! Panellus stipticus is easily cultivated and has a reliable glowing effect. The mycelium gives off relatively low levels of greenish light and is only visible in complete […]

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Devon on November 17th, 2012

No, someone did not paint the trunk of this tree. Nor did this tree get exposed to some kind of radical radiation. In fact, what you see is entirely natural. This is the trunk of the Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta). It originates from the rainforests of Mindanao, which is the southernmost and easternmost island in […]

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Devon on October 13th, 2012

The genus name means flower of love, from the Greek agape (meaning love) and anthos (meaning flower). Agapanthus have long, fleshy leaves that form dense clumps of evergreen or deciduous foliage. Tall stems tower above, bearing heads of bell-shaped or tubular flowers, in shades of blue, purple or white. In frost-free climates, flowers of evergreen […]

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Devon on September 13th, 2012

In the western China province of Hubei, the much-loved vine that westerners know simply by the scientific name Wisteria is called chiao teng (beautiful vine). In Japan, it’s called Fuji. By any name, this rambunctious climber with lacy green foliage is an exceptional beauty in bloom. Dramatic clusters of flowers in blue, pink, purple, and […]

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Devon on September 13th, 2012

Rosemary is amazing. It’s used for so many things, such as a scent in cleaning and cosmetic products. In times gone past, launderers once laid sprigs of the herb on their freshly washed linens to perfume them and repel moths. It is documented as an antidepressant and has antibacterial properties. A few leaves steeped in […]

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Devon on April 10th, 2012

Well, it’s April — Landscape Architecture month. Frederick Law Olmsted (the “Father” of landscape architecture”) was both April 26, 1822 along with some other good memorable people, such as: Charlemagne (April 2, 742), Booker T. Washington (April 5, 1856), Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452), Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867), Charlie Chaplin (April 16, 1889), […]

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Devon on March 1st, 2012

I don’t really know of anyone that would say ground cover is their favorite kind of plant — and I am no different. But, I do have a favorite ground cover: clovers. In honor of March and St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would write about the Oxalis family. First, there are multiple plant families […]

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Devon on February 5th, 2012

If you know me well, then you know I love basil! Basil is indeed my favorite herb. I love it because there are so many kinds and it goes with everything — even fruit. If you remember, last year one of my New Year’s resolutions was to grow a basil plant from seed and keep […]

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Devon on January 15th, 2012

So, I couldn’t think of a New Year’s resolution to add to my others until now. It actually takes care of two birds with one stone. First, I have not been writing in my blog as much as I would like. Second, I need to study-up on my plants for my LARE exams this year. […]

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