I just got back from the California Spring Trials where all the new plants for 2011 were introduced to the US and World growers. It was a great trip. I was on a bus with 50 other really smart horticulturists and growers. Lots of questions and most were answered. I started my trip with a visit to my nephew, Peter Burns, a computer scientist solving the worlds data mining problems while working for MIT folks in San Francisco at Metaweb. Way over my head. I will post more of my trip and new plants later…
I did a little shopping at a favorite store in Sausalito, one of my favorite places on the planet and took this GG bridge picture on the way there.
Flowers and fragrance was everywhere in San Francisco in the springtime.
Wisteria was easy to find with the eye and the nose. It is more suited for north Florida.
Winter Jasmine – Pink Jasmine, Jasminum polyanthum filled the air in California and at my home when I returned.
Winter Jasmine requires cool nights to get a chilling requirement for it to flower. The last 2 winters have met it’s needs well. Is this a sign of Climate Change? My yard is filled with this sweet fragrance.
Our Fringe Tree waited on my return to pop into full bloom. I was envious of all the Cherry Blossoms family and friends were posting to Fb but glad to see and smell these blossoms when I returned.
I was glad to get back to my wonderful wife and home and farm and our dogs.
Itea ‘Sarah Eve” is a native Sweetspire selection the Bissetts named for their daughter and we planted about 20 years ago. It has bloomed every spring and put on it’s beast show ever this year.
You might find here or at other Florida Native Plant Society sources.
The Natives, Inc.
2929 JB Carter Rd
Davenport, FL 33837 (map)
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