Know Thy Plant: Cytisus scoparius ‘Lena’ Scotch Broom

May 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

I’d like to introduce one of my favorite earlier blooming  plants, cytisus scoparius ‘lena’. It is more commonly known as scotch broom and I have been seeing them pop up in nurseries more and more recently. They frequently come in yellow, but the ‘Lena’ has a red flower with hints of yellow. I  love the scotch broom which  unlike many early bloomers, I’m looking at you forsythia and azalea, gives interesting texture to the garden year round and often looks less messy.  Even though it is called the scotch  broom,  once it gets bigger the long branches bend over and it reminds me more of  long sea swept hair.

The scotch broom is deer resistant, attracts butterflies and bees, blooms may through June,  get 3 to 5 feet high and wide, and can do well in a variety of soils. It is considered an invasive species in many climate and contains a  toxic alkaloid that is an antiarrhythmic, and a sodium blocker,  meaning for most normal people it depresses your heart. With this in mind it is best to plant this in an area away from pets and small children.

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Friday Reading

May 18, 2012 Comments Off on Friday Reading

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend that will hopefully consist of beautiful weather. I’m starting to dream of summer vacation.

Tzatziki taste like summer!

More beautiful landscape design by Louis Benech.

I’ve been playing around with making my own room sprays and deodorizing sprays, but you can also make your own perfume.

Beautiful Landscape Design

May 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

I realized something about myself this week, don’t hate me though. I don’t know that I like being a gardener. I mean I like knowing plants and gardens, but I often don’t like the act of gardening (or home DIY projects for that matter.) I know gardeners speak of the relaxing quality of gardening, but for me it is a little bit of a burden. There are so many things I would rather be doing that pulling weeds, fighting vines, getting dirt everywhere, and getting sunburned occasionally.  I have gotten to the point where time is an in demand resource.And the time it takes to design, install, and maintain is pretty high and I am often left with little time to enjoy the finished product which is  my favorite part.I honestly can’t wait for the day that I can pay to have someone create and maintain a beautiful garden that I can just enjoy. However since this day will not come anytime soon, and I do enjoy looking at gardens, I will have to keep trudging along d.  So  let us take a moment to appreciate beautiful gardens designed and ostensibly maintained by someone else.

How to make a gravel path

Many of the above are from the beautiful portfolio of Randle Siddeley.

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