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Saturday, July 6, 2013

The buzz of the Flueggea

You can hear it from most anywhere in the garden: the sound of honeybees going bonkers over the flowers of the Flueggea, perhaps the most obscure of the woody plants in my garden. I don't recall where I got it. At the time it went under the name Securinega, and I don't know what inspired me to buy it. Was it once considered a member of the Euphorbiacea? Am I boring you, dear reader? Now it is listed as being in the Phyllanthaceae, which means absolutely nothing to me except I read they are from the tropics. A large number of the twigs of my Flueggea die in the winter, but they can be easily be snapped off and it's not an unpleasant task. New shoots readily arise from the older wood, and of course the flowers are produced on same year's growth. If I'm not mistaken, Tony Reznicek told me I should be glad to have a male plant, as the females set seed which germinate in obnoxious numbers. 

The flower heads of garden Delphiniums get huge and heavy. How should they be managed so that they stay straight and don't break off?

Schizophragma ('hyrdangea vine') really outshined the climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris) in my garden this year. It is now all the way up into the crown of a wild black cherry. It is a stunning display that be enjoyed from a hundred feet away.

What a color on this garden monarda! And foliage that is mildew free.

The cones on a douglas-fir as of July 4. Note the mouse tails extending from under the cone scales.

Nice fruit on a recently-planted hophornbeam (Ostrya) along St Francis street.


  1. I recently saw a small shrub on Conway rd in Chelsea that I googled to see if I could find a name. I believe that it might be Robinia hispida Rose Acacia. I think there is another one that is tree-sized growing on the property right next to Lane Animal Hospital on Sibley in Chelsea. I have never seen this planted before. I assume you know this shrub or am I incorrect about what it is?

  2. I posted a picture of one of these a year or two ago. I've seen one of the shrubby Robinias growing wild in the pine-barren area of New Jersey. For all I know they are common within their range, but never a big hit horticulturally.

  3. A woman called the offices of GreenStreet last week, concerned that the fruit on her hophornbeam was excessively puffy.

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