10″ x 18″, 2018
10″ x 18″, 2018
12″ x 7″, 2017
10″ x 20″, 2017
18″ x 13″, 2016
8″ x 10″, 2015
‘Lucifer’ (Falling stars, Coppertips)
11″ x 16″, 2014
The August garden tends to look tired and frazzled, like Cinderella after the ball. But one exotic plant that dazzles and bewitches is Crocosmia.
The genus name derives from the Greek word for rainbow; and the species name comes from the Latin “rete”, meaning net and referring to the netted or reticulated pattern on the dry bulbs of the dwarf iris. In Greek mythology Iris, the messenger of the gods, is represented by the rainbow, which forms a bridge between the heavens and earth.
Garlic with scape & bulbil
The genus Allium, from the Latin for garlic, includes several pungent bulbous plants—leeks, onions, chives. The garlic plant has a long folk history. Its use has been recorded in Vedic times, across cultures from ancient China to Egypt. It was believed to ward off diseases and infections and to confer strength. Garlic has had wide recognition for its fungicidal, germicidal, antiseptic and tonic uses wherever it is grown.
Convallaria majalis var. rosea (Pink Lily-of-the-Valley)
From the Latin convallis for valley—a favored habitat for the plant—and majalis or belonging to May, this fragrant spring bloom derives its botanical name. Its other names are May Lily, Ladder-to-Heaven, Our Lady’s Tears but most popular of all is the lily-of-the-valley. Its flowers are usually white, although pale to darker pinks are less common but also popular.
The genus Allium, from the Latin for garlic, includes several pungent bulbous plants, commonly called onion. Allium cepa is also known as the “garden onion” or “bulb” onion, related to wild species found in Central Asia.
Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily, Tritoma
The plant’s original name Tritoma comes from the Greek for thrice-cut, a reference to their long leaves with very clearly defined three surfaces. Uva is Latin for bunch of grapes, describing the inflorescent arrangement of the blooms.
The leek, Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum, also known as Allium porrum, is a vegetable which belongs to the same family as onions and garlic. In Greek ampel means a grape vine and pras means leek, resulting in epithet—the leek of the vineyard.
Yellow and purple crocus
Garlic, a member of the Amaryllidaceae family, thrives in full sunlight and is a good neighbor to most plants, except legumes and alfalfa, and is thought to repel rabbits, deer, moles and insects. Its flowers are hemaphrodite, having both female and male organs. It is a perennial that is not frost tender and is cultivated worldwide.