William Botting Hemsley

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British botanist William Botting Hemsley was born on this day, December 29, 1843, in the village of East Hoathley with Halland, East Sussex. Hemsley spent most of his professional career at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew….➤ Read More
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Happy Christmas 2020!

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Wishing everyone everywhere all the peace, love, joy and happiness of this festive season and may the New Year bless you with health, wealth, and even more happiness as well….➤ Read More
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The Fuchsia Spotlight. Cardinal

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Fuchsia ‘Cardinal’ is another classic American cultivar released by Evans & Reeves Nurseries of Los Angeles in 1938. It has long internodes and likes to spread wide so give it room. It's also winter hardy in the usual places that fuchsias are hardy….➤ Read More
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The holiday cactus wars

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What’s blooming on the windowsill at Fuchsias in the City? Schlumbergera truncata. Schlumbergera truncata is commonly called a Thanksgiving cactus in the US since it starts to bloom just before that quintessential American holiday in November….➤ Read More
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Catching up with the Leach

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I haven't been to the Leach Botanical Garden in Portland for a while since almost half of the grounds have been under renovation for the last couple of years. With the end in sight for Fall 2020, I decided to check out the progress last Sunday. I'm happy to report….➤ Read More
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Boo! There's a blue blood moon a-rising

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Boo! It's a Happy Halloween 2020 from the porch at Fuchsias in the City as we wait patiently for the blue Blood Moon to rise tonight. Whahaha….➤ Read More
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The Fuchsias of PowellsWood

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Have you ever been to PowellsWood Garden? It's a three-acre gem of a botanical garden hidden in a quiet neighborhood in Federal Way, Wash. Being in the Pacific Northwest there are, of course, lots of fuchsias planted about display beds in the beautiful garden rooms. I was on trail of just those fuchsias….➤ Read More
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The Inca and the Fuchsia

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Even before the first fuchsias came to the attention of European botanists and explorers, Fuchsia boliviana was well known to the native peoples of the Andes. The Incas of Peru and Bolivia cultivated it for its edible berries from at least the beginning of their empire in the Twelfth Century….➤ Read More
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To prune or not to prune

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I’ve been saving these three little works of art and craft for the new garden. They’ve come out now. For some reason, though, I’m now feeling the urge to hang them at the fireplace like trophies in a medieval castle….➤ Read More
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The Twelve Fuchsias of Christmas

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The Twelve Fuchsias of Christmas
🎼 On the first day of Christmas
🎶 My true love sent to me….➤ Read More
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Happy Happy 2020!

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Fuchsia fireworks from Fuchsia arborescens to usher in 2020. Having left NYC behind, it's a new garden and new start for me at the new Fuchsias in the City here in PDX. I've got a bunch of planning to do and I'm looking forward to what the next year will bring. There's already a bunch of new starts waiting….➤ Read More
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