All posts in Bloom Alerts

Southern Hospitali-Tree: The Famed Crepe Myrtles of Charleston

One half of the Horticult is traipsing around Charleston, SC, this week, taking in lots of Queen Anne architecture and eating his weight in oysters.…

Social Climber: Passion Flowers Are From the Future

We were having lunch with friends recently when the topic of spirit fruits came up. Yes — spirit fruits. Mine happens to be the passionfruit: not only could I eat twice my weight in it, I also want to dress myself in its oils and stare for hours into its famously surreal flowers.…

Red All Over: Why the Coral Is an International Celebri-Tree

If you’re looking for a tree whose blossom is (1) the national flower of Argentina, (2) the national flower of Uruguay, (3) the floral emblem of a town in Okinawa AND is the city tree of Los Angeles, then you’re in luck.…

20 Spring Things That Are Happening In Our Garden

Can you believe spring’s only 23 days away? The season in which “everyone’s in love and flowers pick themselves,” like e.e.

Bloom Alert! The Wild White Confetti of the Evergreen Pear Tree

Mesmerizing on so many levels, evergreen pear trees are in full flower in many parts of California and Arizona right now.…

Of a Feather: Watch a Hummingbird Flock Together With Our Bird of Paradise Plant

Horticulties, please forgive the light posting this week — we have been busy bees getting ready for our big reveal at the WestEdge Design Fair happening this Saturday afternoon.…

Bloom Alert: The African Tulip Tree Brings Tropical Heat to September

Now that the weird clouds of August have cleared and SoCal’s newsworthy chill has been replaced by Louisiana levels of humidity and temps in the 90s, summer’s only just getting started here in our beachy little burg.…

Rhododendron in Kennebunk Beach, Maine

Remembering the Rhododendron: Notes on an Acid-Loving New Englander

While relishing a bloodless victory against the king of Persia, Greek philosopher Xenophon and 10,000 of his fellow soldiers stumbled into an abandoned village — and onto a smorgasbord of beehives.…

A Nice Ring to It: The Gold Medallion Tree Lights Up the Streets of Southern California

“Gold medallion […] blooms well near the ocean, but benefits from reflected heat of nearby pavement,” writes The Sunset Western Garden Book, explaining why the flowers of Cassia leptophylla are doing gangbusters right now in our beachy yet highly developed neighborhood.…

Dogwood Days of Summer: Shelter Island’s Snowy, Showy Powerhouse

“We’re trying to catch the 5 o’clock from Orient Point,” RB said to the guy directing our car off the ferry — the first of three we would take that night.…