16 January 2013

Can you think of another way to say “has pink flowers”?


Phew... So, I've not been writing much here lately because I've been busy writing plant descriptions and other text for the 2013 Arrowhead Alpines online catalog. Which, along with a whole redesign of the website and catalog and a new logo and all sorts of other fun new stuff went live this morning. There is still a bit to do actually, more descriptions to update and photos to add, but we've gotten a LOT done, and pretty proud of how it is coming together.
I am, however, pretty darn tired of describing plants. I like writing, and I like plants, I like writing about plants. But after a few hours, it can get a bit maddening. There are a lot of plants in the world with pink flowers. And we grow a lot of tiny rock garden things. And I only have so many synonyms for those traits at my disposal. After a while, one gets slap happy, and the descriptions get increasingly bizarre...
That being said, there are a quite a few new things in the catalog this year that I'm really excited about. Excited enough to link to them here, but not enough to write more than pretty minimal descriptions here... follow the link to what I say in the catalog if you are intrigued.
A crazy rare, beautiful, highly endangered native plant. With shrinking habitat to grow on in the wild, it could really use a safe haven in your garden.
I'm SO stoked about this... the first ever variety I've bred to actually be for sale! Yes, it is a crazy version of a weed that no sane gardener would really grow, but hey, don't burst my bubble. And it IS kinda cool looking.
More and more daphnes! You may have noticed that I've gotten bit by the daphne bug in a BIG way since starting at Arrowhead. I love the things without any hint of moderation. They make my heart go pitter-patter We've gotten some new things from Brigitta's collection propagated and in the catalog, some for the first time ever, and more will be on the way later this year. I'm also scheming to start breeding the things when the come into bloom this spring. Going to be EPIC.

A bunch of spiny stuff...
Keep this up and we're going to end up as Danger Garden East... We've got some really nice agaves, and I really love the Escobaria cacti we grew from seed this year. They're incredibly cute, hardy, AND not as obnoxiously vicious as those darn opuntias. I'm officially going on record as loathing opuntias. Yes, they are cool looking, but not cool enough to make up for their bad temper.

So. That is that. Happy 2013 shopping season everyone! I'm going to be busy taking cuttings a lot for the next little while, which leaves lots of time to think up blog posts, so stand by for more content here in the near future. Maybe. Brigitta said something about putting together another list of descriptions that need writing, so we'll see.

8 comments:

Kaveh Maguire said...

Sign me up as a member of the "I hate Opuntias" club! And I'm afraid I am no help when it comes to adjectives to describe flowers. If you searched my blog for the world "amazing" I'm sure it would come up an embarrassing number of times.

danger garden said...

Wait! You just described an agave as cute!!! OMG....happy day indeed. Congrats on the website, you proud parent.

Joseph Tychonievich said...

Danger Garden, of course I call agaves cute! I adore agaves... not that I can grow them outside here, but I adore them anyhow.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Agaves rock! As do Optunias. As a writer myself, it's both depressing and a huge relief that I am pretty much the only one who will read anything I write back to back, in its entirety. So, repetition is OK!

Laurie Brown said...

I would totally grow that plantago. I love dark foliage!

Anonymous said...

I really like the Plantago... I also really like the idea of domesticating random weeds.

Roger Brook said...

That's a great picture of daphne. As a fellow lover of alpines you might be interested in my latest post on gravel gardens

Cody Hinchliff said...

Just a note about the Plantago, which I am going to order, because (here comes the note) as weeds go, it is a good one to have around. Macerated leaves of the common, weedy Plantagos (includes P. major, P. lanceolata, and an unknown but ubiquitous species in Bolivia with fuzzy leaves) are the best remedy for stings from bees, wasps, and ants that I have ever tried. Just chew up a leaf (they don't taste bad and are not toxic) and firmly press the pulp onto the sting immediately, and in minutes it will all but disappear. This only works if you do it immediately after being stung, but if you catch it in time, it really works like a charm! One more reason to keep a few around, and in that case, why not make it a procure a perverse, purple plantago for protection, since I have no doubt your little gem works as well as its much less attractive relatives. (Disclaimer: Plantago should not be used as a treatment for serious allergic reactions.)