Archive for November 2014


Digging tender plants as threat of frost looms allows for a moment of reflection. With a finite amount of greenhouse space, only so many plants can overwinter within the warm glass walls of the Wister Greenhouses. As such, only plants that have proven their worth are granted sanctuary. One genus always given sanctuary is Acalypha.

Acalypha is a great combination with Phormium. photo credit: J. Coceano

Chances are you’re familiar with at least one member of the genera. The chenille plant, Acalypha hispida, was a popular hanging basket houseplant grown for its long, drooping, furry red catkin-like flowers. Acalypha is …

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Plants of the Week: November 10

Hamamelis ‘Fire Blaze’, thought to be a cross between Hamamelis x intermedia and H. virginiana, features warm orange flowers with a red center. The deciduous shrub pulls double duty in the garden: scented flowers in late winter and bright fall color. When choosing from the multitude of witch hazel cultivars, consider flower scent and leaf retention, a trait certain varieties possess whereby the shrub holds onto desiccated leaves during the winter months, along with obvious considerations like blossom color and mature size. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Garden location: Across from the front entrance to Martin Biology.

The perfectly vertical …

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November Heat Wave

This past week we have been experiencing a November heat wave! With temperatures reaching 70 degrees (our average high is 56 degrees in November), we are experiencing the amazing combination of peak fall color and stunning fall blooms. The lack of frost has allowed us to enjoy some extended time with our favorite fall-blooming flowers.

, Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ blooms in the fall on long graceful upright stems. photo credit: R. Robert

Unlike spring anemone, Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ blooms in the fall on long graceful upright stems. The multitude of pure white flowers is dramatic against …

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