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Monday, March 29, 2010


I've been looking at all the beautiful Euphorbia in bloom, thinking that it really deserves a blog post.  And, wouldn't you know it, my friend Lesley asked me yesterday if I would write about the crazy Jetson's space age plant with all the suction cups!  Euphorbia. Absolutely! And nice to know I have at least one reader out there!
There are actually about 2000 species of Euphorbia, ranging from the Ponsettia to 30 foot tall tropical varieties.  When most gardeners here mention Euphorbia they are referring to the European perennials (Euphorbia amygdaloides and Euphorbia characias).  Euphorbia characias wulfenii, pictured above, is one of the most commonly grown varieties, which grows to an impressive 3' to 4' high.  It has blue green foliage that persists throughout winter, and looks great with it's massive spring display of chartreuse bracts.  I like to mix this Euphorbia, or smaller similar varieties with lavender and or New Zealand flax for color contrast. It is  relatively drought tolerant and prefers a full sun location. Maintenance is minimal - just cut older yellow/brown stalks down to the base. All Euphorbia have sap that can be a skin irritant, so wear gloves when doing any pruning.

Late March

The garlic I planted a month ago is all several inches above ground already!  And the snow peas, leeks, tomatoes, boc choi and swiss chard I seeded three weeks ago are all sprouting up.  Makes me hungry just thinking about it!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

In the Garden

Time to start those seeds! Today I sowed the Snow Pod Peas that I bought last weekend.  In the (unheated) greenhouse I started some of the intriguing french seeds I received last year including cherry tomatoes and leeks.  And I had remaining seeds of boc choi, swiss chard, and Medford Early tomatoes from last year that I also seeded today.  

Monday, March 1, 2010


Today I planted elephant garlic! I used about 20 cloves from bulbs I grew last year.  I also planted our horseradish into a large container.  Horseradish is incredibly prolific, so I'll keep that guy in confinement on our deck - right next to my container of mint.