The Fabulous Names of Caladiums

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Three years ago I heard a delicate voice call out a goofy name. “Miss Muffet… Where are you Miss Muffet?” It was the morning of my first participation in a color bed installation project at work. The horticulture work room was bustling with my fellow co-workers scrambling to find and unload the plants we needed from large mobile racks filled with caladiums.

“Where’s Miss Muffet?” The delicate voice belonged to one of my beloved co-workers. Bless her sweet heart. I thought to myself: Why are we looking for Little Miss Muffet? She obviously sat on her tuffet, right?

But then I found Miss Muffet and it wasn’t the little girl from the nursery rhyme. She was one of the many caladium varieties supplied to us for this aforementioned color bed install project. Since then, I haven’t gotten over the fact of how hilariously clever caladium variety names are.

Like for real… Here are some of my favorites!

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Gardenyard Plant ID: What’s In The Reclaimed Barrel Planter?

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After all the heavy lifting and tamping to get Gardenyard’s ground set into place, I mustered up some more effort and visited my local big box retail garden center to select the first crop of plants for my container garden. The stone floors needed some softening and plants were the best way to do it.

 

The yellow from these Marigolds act as the pop of the color.

The yellow from these Marigolds act as the pop of color.

Liriope 'Variegated Aztec' is joined by a Dusty Miller on the right.

Liriope ‘Variegated Aztec’ is joined by a Dusty Miller on the right.

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Summer Sunset' will be filling and spilling once it grows in.

Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Summer Sunset’ will be filling and spilling once it grows in.

The Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica) brings some much needed height in this container garden.

 

In addition to the reclaimed barrel and plants, I relied on some other container gardening basics. The first and most important is soil. I chose a garden potting soil mix for this task. The other basic is aesthetic in nature and consist of three steps: thrill, fill and spill.

That’s it for now. I’ll offer more tips and advice as I get more comfortable getting dirty in the garden.

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Sweet Cordyline!!!

Cordyline terminalis (source: commons.wikimedia.org)

Womp! Womp! Womp!

For the first edition of Plant Du Jour, I’m taking it back to when my infatuation with a Cordyline began.  The year was 2005 and I was commissioned by the madre to design and install my first tiny plot of garden space — a narrow strip by the family house’s front entry.  With challenges identified, Cordyline terminalis (Ti plant) was the champion who caught my eye.  The leaves were gorgeous, the rootball was the right size for the tiny space, and it was just (blind) love at first sight.

Ti plants are known in many cultures for providing good fortune to its human caretaker.  Being that I selected this plant without knowing the plant information (care requirements, usage, spacing, plant hardiness, etc.), I consider myself lucky the Cordyline sisters in the front yard survived as long as it did.

With two degrees in horticulture, I’m wise enough in not falling blindly in love with a plant without knowing the details. But this is a story of how a young inexperienced Victor took a gamble and succeeded.

In keeping with the blog post title, I’ll let Neil Diamond close things off…

Sweet Cordyline
Good times never seemed so good
Sweet Cordyline,
I believe they never could
Sweet Cordyline………

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