The Fuchsias of PowellsWood

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Have you ever been to PowellsWood Garden? It's a three-acre gem of a botanical garden hidden in a quiet neighborhood in Federal Way, Wash. Being in the Pacific Northwest there are, of course, lots of fuchsias planted about display beds in the beautiful garden rooms. I was on trail of just those fuchsias….➤ Read More
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The Inca and the Fuchsia

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Even before the first fuchsias came to the attention of European botanists and explorers, Fuchsia boliviana was well known to the native peoples of the Andes. The Incas of Peru and Bolivia cultivated it for its edible berries from at least the beginning of their empire in the Twelfth Century….➤ Read More
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To prune or not to prune

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I’ve been saving these three little works of art and craft for the new garden. They’ve come out now. For some reason, though, I’m now feeling the urge to hang them at the fireplace like trophies in a medieval castle….➤ Read More
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The Twelve Fuchsias of Christmas

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The Twelve Fuchsias of Christmas
🎼 On the first day of Christmas
🎶 My true love sent to me….➤ Read More
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Happy Happy 2020!

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Fuchsia fireworks from Fuchsia arborescens to usher in 2020. Having left NYC behind, it's a new garden and new start for me at the new Fuchsias in the City here in PDX. I've got a bunch of planning to do and I'm looking forward to what the next year will bring. There's already a bunch of new starts waiting….➤ Read More
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After the frost

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The fuchsias were brushed by frost a few days ago. Ordinarily this might be the end but I was struck by the faded beauty of the blossoms, muted by the cold with shades of their former selves. Some have taken on almost gem-like translucent tones of amethyst….➤ Read More
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Go West!

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October 2nd. 6:00 am. The dawn was finally here. I had hardly slept. Three months of packing up the apartment in New York, dealing with movers, closing down my beloved little city garden a couple of decades in the making, and generally wrapping up….➤ Read More
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The summer windowbox. Adieu New York

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Over the course of the year, I do four different seasonal arrangements in the window, as well as the four large planters in the garden. Spring, summer, fall and winter. It's the last of its kind since I'll be heading for Portland in October. I'm really pleased….➤ Read More
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The last summer in the City

This is the last summer of the Fuchsias in the City. This City, anyway. Yes, we're leaving Manhattan! And not just to another outer borough. Or Long Island, or up the Hudson, or even across the river to the former Garden State, New Jersey. This move's serious and bi-coastal….➤ Read More
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It's Flower Power at the Flower Show

It was full-on Flower Power at the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show this year. Step into the Entrance Garden this year and the design immediately enfolds as the Power of Flowers pulls you further and further into its floral heart…. ➤ Read More
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Cleveland under cover

A brief visit to Cleveland. You've long wanted to take in its botanical garden. The perfect opportunity. But it's not summer. It's the middle of January. And a blizzard has just swept through two days before dropping almost two feet of snow….➤ Read More
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Keeping winter at bay with orchids

As winter storm Harper spread snow, ice and rain throughout the Northeast, the orchids were standing tough. Well, inside the Rutgers University's Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick, NJ anyway. It's the North Jersey Orchid Society's annual show and sale this weekend….➤ Read More
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A Happy Christmas!

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Wishing everyone, everywhere, all the peace, love, and joy of this festive season….
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A November to remember

Well…. What can you say? What was supposed to be simple rain is now a full blown snow storm! This is, of course, quite a bit unseasonably early for New York. It's still Fall. The leaves are only just starting to turn. It's also the outer, early edge of a first frost. Who's ready for this….➤ Read More
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Día de Meurtos & All Saints

A time for remembering. The Fuchsias in City have gone a bit Día de Meurtos for All Saints….➤ Read More
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Pumpkins in the City

We're in the throws of an annual migration. Birds and butterflies, and assorted condo dwellers with second homes in Florida, hurry south to escape the coming cold. But squashes of all sorts are leaving their summer homes in the fields and farms of the region and migrating into the City….➤ Read More
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A new hummingbird in Ecuador

Ex aequatoria aliquid novum and this time it's a new hummingbird. A little stunner newly named Oreotrochilus cyanolaemus, or the blue-throated hillstar, was only just spotted in 2017 in that hotbed of biodiversity and speciation, Ecuador….➤ Read More
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Édouard André. Horticulturalist. Andean adventurer

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Édouard André (1840-1911) was a noted French horticulturalist and one of the most prominent and celebrated European landscape designers of the second half of the 19th Century. Born in Bourges into a modest family of nurserymen, he received his early training and invaluable gardening experience….➤ Read More
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The Heather Garden. Fort Tryon Park

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Many visitors to New York City know Central Park. It’s big. It’s beautiful. It’s hard to miss. Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park, on the other hand, might well be on another planet for its lack of recognition. Yes, even to many New Yorkers. Located along the Hudson River almost at the top of the island….➤ Read More
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A happy 2018 to everyone everywhere

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It’s a world full of Happy New Year. Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! Laimingų Naujųjų metų! Manigong Bagong Taon! Gëzuar Vitin e Ri! سنة سعيدة! Yeni iliniz! Heri ya mwaka mpya! Buon anno! Bonne Année! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!…➤ Read More
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Merry Christmas!

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house. not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that Fuchsia ‘Santa Claus’ soon would be there…➤ Read More
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Going kiku for autumn. The chrysanthemum festival

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What’s autumn without the chrysanthemum? Little it seems these days. But beyond the generic and ubiquitous mum balls that appear on every corner and outside every front door is the superb artistry and aching perfection of trained chrysanthemums, the Japanese kiku...➤ Read More
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Overwintering potted fuchsias made simple

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November. It’s the last gasp of the growing season in the garden. The potted fuchsias are still alive and even blooming in the waning sun. Jack Frost’s chilly breath is falling down your neck, though. It’s coming, Winter’s coming. Forecasts of cruel freezes are coming in from the weatherman. Reality. Denial won’t keep it way. What to do…➤ Read More
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The fuchsia spotlight. Venus Victrix

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Fuchsia ‘Venus Victrix’ has small white-tubed flowers with white sepals tipped in an apple green. Almost tiny flowers compared to most other fuchsias. Not bad looking but ‘Venus Victrix’ is also a very finicky plant. Hard, yes. Yet the Fuchsia ‘Venus Victrix’, true to its name, is a classic….➤ Read More
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