The Seventh Rule of Six on Saturday suggests that verbiage regarding pictures should be reasonably limited. I prefer to limit mine to three hundred words, although I sometimes exceed this limit. I certainly would have exceeded this limit this week if I had explained, for example, why I want so many new flax lily, what we intend to do with another lemon gum, why I intentionally plant elderberry seedlings and promote better pollination while so many grow wild, what our options for yellow flag are, why a perfectly good apple tree remains canned and underappreciated, and what justified a pair of white bougainvilleas. Perhaps I should limit words within individual sentences as well as cumulative verbiage.

1. Dianella caerulea, flax lily has been a notably reliable perennial. I know nothing more about it. I am not even sure of its identity. Grooming scraps make good cuttings though.

2. Eucalyptus citriodora, lemon gum came back with me from the Los Angeles region. It has a bad reputation as a Eucalyptus. My colleague here and I are very fond of it though.

3. Sambucus caerulea, blue elderberry seedlings grow like weeds. I can them though, to later install them where I want them, and because they pollinate a bit better than clones.

4. Iris pseudacorus, yellow flag can be invasive within riparian situations. I really craved it though. A colleague here got it for me from a roadside ditch. Now what do I do with it?

5. Malus domestica, ‘Golden Delicious’ apple is not exactly my favorite. It lives here in a can though. Perhaps it will go live in a garden this winter, where it can make better fruit.

6. Bougainvillea ‘Barbara Karst’ came with a pair of white Bougainvillea ‘Mary Palmer’s Enchantment’ from the Los Angeles region. It is unplanned. It is such the classic though.

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17 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Long Story

    1. Favorites?! Oh my! I happen to be fond of it, but find that those who are more familiar with it are not. It is naturalized in a small area north of here, and is more aggressively naturalized in other regions. Because it is already here, I doubt that anyone would mind if I planted it around the drainage pond, but I will not do so anyway. (Incidentally, Louisiana iris is less aggressively invasive, but may be more of a concern because it is not yet naturalized here. I will be getting some this winter, but will also not add it to the riparian area around the drainage pond.) Canna ‘Australia’ happened to grow on the edge of the pond (which is a long story), but was removed just yesterday. It does not generate seed, and will not likely naturalize, but does not conform to the style of the landscape. Otherwise, Canna flaccida would be a consideration.

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  1. I’ve had Dianella tasmanica in the garden for years, in vain hope of a crop of berries. I’m still waiting, though it grows well enough. I thought maybe ‘Golden Delicious’ was rubbish here because it didn’t get enough sun but it sounds like it’s just rubbish, and neither golden nor delicious.

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    1. I avoided all the Dianellas for a long time because one in particular, which I can not remember now, became a fad in the 1990s. I suppose that I should get better acquainted with the others. This particular specimen has been very reliable, . . . but rather mundane. The bloom is unremarkably. To me, it is merely a nice evergreen foliar plant.


    2. ‘Golden Delicious’ was selected because it does not require much chill, and because it is a ‘reasonably’ good all purpose apple for confined gardens that can not accommodate much more than one tree, such as the suburban garden near Saratoga from which I removed it. It is reasonably good for eating fresh, and reasonably good for cooking. The Santa Clara Valley had been famous for fruits and nuts (Well, this is California.), but most of such fruits and nuts were stone fruits. Pome fruits were more prominent within the Santa Cruz Mountains above, where they get a bit more chill. I will likely install this little tree within my own garden because I am familiar with it (and perhaps because I do not recommend it to anyone else who is unfamiliar with it), but I also grow copies of about eight of the cultivars that live on the farm in Scotts Valley. I really have no need for another ‘reasonably’ good apple.

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    1. The resiliency of our unidentified specimen is impressive, but the visual appeal is not. I put the cuttings around a newly potted Pygmy date palm like a ground cover, so do not expect much from them. The original specimen is alone in a big clay pot, and looks like Sigmund the Sea Monster. It would be nice to renovate it, and add something with a more vertical form to the center of the pot, such as a canna.

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      1. I sort of think that variegated foliage would be better for the base of the Pygmy date palm, but installed what I have here already. It is the same color as the palm foliage, and of a similar texture, so is sort of redundant while the palm is short. It will look better as the trunks grow, and there is a bit more space between the palm foliage and the foliage below. I would be more motivated to try a variegated sort with small leaves if the other horticulturist here wants to plug more cuttings of the sort that is already here.


      2. That was a rare species while we were in school, but has since become almost too common as a houseplant that no one knows what to do with. We acquired ours when someone who procured them to flank a podium for an event here simply left them in our nursery afterward, like a disposable poinsettia or chrysanthemum. Although I dislike fads, I do happen to like these.


      3. When they become available and affordable at Home Depot, people put them into the weirdest of situations. The same happened to queen palms a few years earlier, which is why so many are under electrical cables now.


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