Subjects for more than just a few of my illustrations are found in the simple landscape of Felton Presbyterian Church. Until the last year or so, I had been able to participate in more of the seasonal work days, when we do most of the maintenance of the landscape, as well as a few other chores. No one seems to mind that I am Catholic.

The biggest and best trees, including the big coast live oak, Quercus agrifolia, out front (which I should have gotten a picture of) are native, and were there before the site was developed. Smaller trees of the same species have appeared since then. Also, a nice big catalpa, Catalpa speciosa, appeared right out front, just to the south of the big coast live oak. Otherwise, most of the landscape is an odd mix of what various parishioners contribute to it.

1. Naked lady, Amaryllis belladonna, bloomed late last summer, just before the foliage started to develop in autumn. They are blooming again! Now I know where fake roses come from.P90323

2. Breath of Heaven, Coleonema pulchrum, has a name that is more appropriate to a Church than ‘naked lady’. The flowers are tiny, and not very impressive, but are pretty against the very finely textured foliage.P90323+

3. Pot marigold, Calendula officinalis, has been modestly naturalized here for years. There are just enough to be pretty, without being invasive. Goodness! Naked ladies and pot!P90323++

4. Flowering maple, Abutilon spp., was contributed by a parishioner who has many growing wild and blooming in a variety of colors at here home in the same neighborhood where I work. She gave us many of the same.P90323+++

5. Dock, Rumex crispus, has a cool name, but is really just a weed. I have been trying to kill this one for years! It will not die. The root is mixed with tree roots. Now, it looks so fat and happy that I sort of want to leave it.P90323++++

6. Lichen (which I can not identify with a Latin name) on the limbs of the crape myrtle featured last week got noticed enough for it to get a close up picture this week. I don’t understand the allure. I’m not lichen this one.P90323+++++

Since I did not use any of the pictures of camellias from Nuccios’ Nursery in Altadena that Brent sent to me (that I mentioned last week), I will try to share them next week, even though they finished blooming already.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:

18 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Presbyterian Horticulture

  1. Nice Six, beautiful flowers and colors this week. About rumex, I’m like you, I’ve never managed to kill them, but I have so much that I have to cut each spike of flowers to not spread the seeds. Seeds and plants that are eaten by horses in my field and as you imagine, they spread everywhere (nettles, thistles, but also wild flowers or dandelions … a real meadow!)

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    1. I was able to dig out the others. The problem with this one is that it is tangled with the roots of an adjacent flowering crabapple tree, and that tree has enough problems already. I keep thinking that if I let it go, and it blooms and finishes its life cycle, it will die naturally.

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  2. Whoa, that is some awesome lichen–thanks for the close-up. While I am not a fairy gardener, I just love lichen (& moss, for what it’s worth).

    The dock is very sculptural–I can see why you half-jokingly suggest leaving it be. Great photos–as always.


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    1. Well, . . . the main reason I leave the dock is that I can not untangle it from the roots of the adjacent flowering crabapple tree. Now, I am considering leaving it to bloom and finish its life cycle, and perhaps die naturally. I have no problem cutting the flowers off until then.


    1. Yes, it works out nicely. The difficulty is that we get so many volunteers for the workdays who do not know how to work in the garden. My flowering crabapple tree out front really got chopped!

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    1. ? What an odd color for that genus. We have quite a variety, even from only a few parent plants. They range through yellow, orange, red, burgundy red and pink.


  3. Tony, your dock looks a happy weed and deserves to live 🙂 I’ve just ordered some pot marigold seeds as I want to add the petals to salads. I am sure the ones I ordered were more orange than yellow.. are there different varieties?

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    1. There are a few different varieties; but I do not think that they have been overly bred and hybridized like so many other flowers have been. Some of the doubles are a bit too fluffy for pollinator insects to figure out, but are quite trendy for the pollinator garden fad anyway.

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  4. I was digging up small dock weeds yesterday. Even so the tap root was sooo long. Of course I didn’t get all of the root out. Lovely to see all the colourful flowers, the garden here is still mainly brown!

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    1. There is not much to the landscape, but it has its moments. The flowering crabapple will be blooming any time now. (It is delayed because, during the last work day that I did not attend, someone thought it needed to be pruned . . . . so really did a lot of damage to it.)

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      1. Yes, it will take a few years to correct the damage, and during that time, it is likely to be damaged again if I am not always there to protect it.


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