notes, musings and rants from plant lovers

Xtreme Passionflower

written by: Lisa Van Cleef posted: June 30, 2010


The Passiflora parritae is in bloom right now in our Chilean garden.

The incredible Passiflora parritae blooming in our Chilean Garden

This is a passionflower to drool over.  Huge, bright orange flowers–as big as a big grapefruit–hanging high overhead like brilliant party lanterns.  A native of the Colombian Andes, this incredibly rare vine loves our cool climate.

View From The Bay Returns to the Garden

written by: Lisa Van Cleef posted: June 25, 2010


Watch as Leigh Glaser learns how to root cuttings in our Zellerbach Garden.

A Love-Hate Relationship

written by: Lisa Van Cleef posted: June 21, 2010

Outrageously beautiful, easy to grow

The orchid cactus has got to be one of the most outrageous teases in the garden.

Its beauty is so painfully fleeting, fading only a day or two later.  You gotta ask, why bother? Read the full story »

Last Chance for Romance

written by: Lisa Van Cleef posted: June 4, 2010

This baby's in and full of promise.

You’ve still got a couple of weeks left to plant a tomato.  Ignore that fogbelt overhead and try a cherry tomato. Read the full story »

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