Within the barren Mojave Desert, near Tecopa, Calif., China Ranch Date Farm is a surprising haven of greenery. â€œHidden Oasisâ€ reads the big yellow sign on Old Spanish Trail Highway. Undeniably, China Ranch is a true desert oasis.
Wasabi (Wasabia japonica) is a plant that has been used by Japanese cooks through many centuries. It's a member of the crucifer family, which includes mustards, broccoli and cauliflower. Wasabi is prized for its fleshy root, but its leaves are also flavorful.
The first tulips were brought to Europe from Turkey in the mid-1500s. In the early 1600s, however, they were still rare â€“ mostly found in university botanical gardens. It was at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, where some locals, desperate to get their hands on the rare flowers, climbed the wall of the botanical garden, stole some tulip bulbs and began cultivating them for sale. Thus began the wild ride that became Tulipmania.
Sometimes referred to as the lilac of the South, the common crape myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica, brightens up gardens all over the southern part of the United States as a large shrub or a small tree, which can reach a height of 30 feet.
Travel any country road in late August and early September, and breathe the fragrance of autumn’s sweetest clematis. This redolence emanates from the lacy white flower of Virgin’s bower – the most delicate of wildflowers – as it follows fencerows and treetops while reaching for the sun, forming wide to narrow sweeps of breathtaking beauty.
August stirs up two completely opposite emotions in my gardening psyche.
Not even an Oklahoma ice storm can keep 86-year-old Gloria Howard from gardening. In 2002, an ice storm that surprised central and western Oklahoma left trees and fences broken, and limbs scattered everywhere. The persimmon trees in Gloriaâ€™s backyard, which had been there for more than 50 years, broke under the weight of several inches of ice, and some of them fell on electric wires and fences. So, she had all 14 of them removed.
Landscape is not all about plants. In fact, there are some great landscapes that don't include any plants.