Plants of the Week: November 21

camellia-autumn-spirit-jtb-4Camellia ‘Autumn Spirit’

November is a great time of year for fall blooming Camellia, and C. ‘Autumn Spirit’ shines as bright as ever this week. A result of a hybridization of the tea-seed-oil Camellia, Camellia oleifera and Camellia sasanqua, C. ‘Autumn Spirit’ exhibits beautifully complex, double, bright fuchsia flowers. The thick evergreen leaves are deep green and glossy. Sources say that this particular hybrid was introduced in 1982 by Camellia Forest Nursery out of Chapel Hill, NC; it can grow to between 6 and 8 feet tall. A small but lively specimen of this cultivar can be found in …

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Restoring the Crum Woods

november-3-2016-rhr-473The complication of the SEPTA Viaduct brings to a close a five-year period of construction in the Crum Woods. Seventeen acres of upland forest and wetland were clear-cut for the SEPTA Viaduct construction. Nine different plant communities are part of the restoration plan ranging from lowland meadow to a red oak mixed hardwood forest.

At 2.55 acres, the tulip tree-beech-maple forest planting is the largest restoration community with woody plants in the mix. photo credit: R. Robert

At 2.55 acres, the tulip tree-beech-maple forest planting is the largest restoration community with woody plants in the mix. photo credit: R. Robert

At 2.55 acres, the tulip tree-beech-maple forest planting is the largest restoration community with woody plants in the mix. As the name implies, …

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Plants of the Week: November 7

salvia-waverly-entrance-garden-1-jwcSalvia is the largest genus of plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae, with nearly 1,000 species of annuals, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. Commonly referred to as sage, the genus is distributed throughout the Old World and the Americas. Salvia ‘Waverly’ is but one sage currently putting on a spectacular floral display. Flowers by the Sea, a purveyor of Salvia based in California, has this to say about the Waverly sage:

“This is a tender, woody shrub that may remain evergreen or a herbaceous perennial that dies to ground, depending on the winter temperatures where you live. First called “Mark’s Mystery

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