Lilies can last beyond Easter with careful cultivation


Courtesy of Melinda Myers LLC
White lilies are not only ideal for Easter, but they also can grace a garden. Colorful varieties of lilies will provide long-lasting blooms.

Easter is Sunday, so it’s time to display a vase of white lilies. However, lilies can last long beyond Easter if you plant them in your garden.

Lilies provide vertical interest and blend nicely with other perennials. Best of all, with very little care, you’ll be enjoying them for years to come.

Today's treasures: What people are buying from estate sales


Courtesy of Judy Johnson
While buyers aren’t looking for old furniture at estate sales, there is a market for a blonde wood mid-century dining room set, above.

Who wants their grandmother’s fine china? Nowadays, seemingly no one. Ditto the silverplated tea service and porcelain figurines. These are just a few examples of the new reality in the estate sale market.

Buyers, mostly younger adults with growing families, have different lifestyles and aren’t interested in old or used things.

What's in a name?


Photos Courtesy of Tanya Kucak
It’s advisable to replace butterfly bush with ceanothus, above.
 

Sometimes a plant’s name is part of its appeal, but I can think of a few plants that need to be renamed.

“Butterfly bush,” for example, suggests that this might be a good choice if you want butterflies in your garden. In fact, it is one of the worst choices because it can be invasive and provides only nectar.

Gamble Garden class highlights planting for privacy

Kevin Raftery – owner of the Los Altos-based Kevin Raftery Horticultural Services – is scheduled to discuss “Planting for Privacy: Successful Plants to Use for Hedges, Screens, Espaliers and Vines” 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

The class will focus on the use of plants to create aesthetically pleasing private outdoor living spaces.

Spring blooms early at Filoli estate in Woodside; Botanical Art Exhibition opens

The Filoli estate opened its “Spring Frolic” season with a celebration Friday.

California native plants shine in local Japanese-style gardens


Courtesy of Tanya Kucak
Masses of blue ceanothus flowers denote springtime in California. Though planting a variety of ceanothus cultivars can extend the bloom time, the peak bloom time will still be spring. The seasonality of these shrubs makes them special.

When you envision an authentic Japanese landscape design, do you think of (a) moss, bamboo and Japanese maples, or (b) local California native plants? If the garden is located in California, the correct answer can be (b).

“In Japanese gardens, 98 to 100 percent of the plants are native,” said Leslie Buck, an aesthetic pruner who wrote about her mid-career gardening apprenticeship in Japan in the book “Cutting Back” (Timber Press, 2017). Japanese gardeners, who are “masters of native landscaping,” she said, advise: “Don’t copy our nature; use your own.”


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