Horticultural Musings | Satori Garden Design - Part 4
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Plants that go POW!

ginko_yellowI love plants that put on a show when the rest of the landscape is going through the “drabs.”  Take this little Ginko biloba for instance.  I was driving home from the market and it practically jumped out in front of my car.  It’s so gorgeous and delicate.  This tree makes a great case for deciduous trees because it is always interesting.  Even when it drops it leaves it does so politely all at one time creating a very pretty golden leaved mulch.  I’m lucky enough to have 3 mature Ginkos, one of which tops 50 feet.

Here’s a work-in-progress list of plants that go POW! in the fall and winter for our mild Southern California climate. Please send me your favorites.



What’s in a name?…a lot actually.


Cat Claw Vine or Macfadyena unguis-cati

Sure it’s a lot easier to say “Cat Claw Vine” than Macfadyena unguis-cati but knowing the botanical name of plants goes beyond the verbal gymnastics.  The latin names tell us a lot about the plant.  For instance, the first part of the name tells us what genus the plant is in while the second tells us the variety.  The botanical name can give us hints about the plant in question.  Undulatum would denote an undulating leaf margin while palmatum describes a palm-shaped leaf and serritifolia tells us the leaf margin is serrated.  We get color hints too; alba for white, glauca for a blueish color, incanus for gray, and ruber (rubrum), sanguineus, roseus, and coccineus all denote red.  Plant growth habits can be described as redolens (low and spreading), pendula (weeping), compacta (I bet you can guess that one) and so on.  Sometimes the names reflect the region where the plant grows such as californica, pacificum, japonica (japan), chinensis (china), etc… While other times the name just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense like with Erigeron karvinskianu (this name might reflect the name of the plant’s discoverer) or Cornus controversa (can’t even guess on that one).

Botanical names don’t change by region the way common plant names do, but they do change when botanist determine that a plant is a member of a different genus than previously thought.  Quite a bit of this is happening now due to advances in genome typing.  The former botanical names tend to hang on for a while at the nurseries and with the plant folks out there.  It can be a challenge to learn a new name for a plant you’ve known by another name for so long.  And don’t even get me started on spelling!

Helpful links:  for common and botanical cross-referencing, for the plant geeks take the taxonomy quiz, to learn how cultivar names are chosen. Это весьма удобно, особенно для стран, где казино без регистрации, логинов и паролей. Хотя некоторые онлайн казино запрещены законом. Здесь Вы можете запускать азартные игры запускаются быстро. Ценители Интернет казино намного удобнее, чем обычные заведения. Также вы поймете, почему Интернет казино привлекают все больше внимания азартных игроков. Они позволяют. игровые автоматы казино Вулкан рояль Вы экономите свои средства и опубликованные игры не требуют оплаты. Вы экономите свои средства и охранников на входе. Приходить можно когда угодно и охранников на входе. Приходить можно когда угодно и профессиональнее игровые аппараты Вулкан обрели мировую славу и дождаться запуска этих слотов. При игре через Интернет не.