The blind wisteria

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What’s (never) flowering at The Fuchsietum? Wisteria sinensis 'Kofuji' (‘Mekura Fuji'). This is a dwarf Chinese wisteria that remains a miniature. Truly miniature. Even the leaves are miniature and have a graceful fern-like effect….➤ Read More

Introducing Fuchsia 'Night Fire'

Very common in nurseries in the Pacific Northwest is this partial reversion of Fuchsia ‘Firecracker’ back to its parent ‘Thalia’. It’s been making the rounds….➤ Read More

Fuchsia Saturday

When the fuchsias fly in! San Juan Capistrano has its swallows that herald the arrival of spring. Around here it’s Fuchsia Saturday at Fred Meyewr….➤ Read More

Fuchsiana. Presented with fine shoes

An antique shoebox label with fuchsias. “Presented with fine shoes. H. O’Hara. 72 Canal St. Grand Rapids Mich.” is printed in the lower left corner and “American Fuchsias” in the right. The fuchsias depicted are….➤ Read More

In the spring a gardener's fancy lightly turns

In the spring a gardener's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of fuchsias. "Help! I love fuchsias. They're my favorite flower. Where can I get seeds or starts?" went a lament just this past week on social media….➤ Read More

Cat or coyote?

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The big question this morning: Cat or coyote? I caught another rat out back. I thought something was up when I noticed the motion-activated light behind the house went on at 5:30 am….➤ Read More

Fuchsiana. Buy your meats at Kennedy's Market

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Fuchsiana. Buy your meats at Kennedy's Market….➤ Read More

2024 Northwest Flower & Garden Festival

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Hey Fuchsia Fans! A reminder that I'll be speaking at the upcoming 2024 Northwest Flower & Garden Festival in Seattle….➤ Read More

It's been a heck of a week!

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It’s been a heck of a week!➤ Read More

The Twelve Days of Christmas 2023

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That’s it! Some fold up the Yuletide festivities early but it ain’t over until the Three Kings sing. So thanks for singing along to the The Twelve Fuchsias of Christmas 2023. Hope you had a joyful holiday season and may your gardens flourish in 2024!➤ Read More

Fuchsiana. Martha Ford waters her fuchsias

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Fuchsia lore and fuchsiana is generally work on paper for me. Prints. Drawing. Photographs. Sometimes I get something new that turns out to be a miss….➤ Read More

With the frosts, it's time

With the frosts, it’s time….➤ Read More

Georg Forster & Skinnera excorticata

German naturalist Georg Forster was born today in 1754. Along with his father, Johann Reinhold Forster, the young Forster accompanied James Cook on his second voyage of discovery in the Pacific. At Queen Charlotte Sound in New Zealand….➤ Read More

Saint Fiacre

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Saint Fiacre is a seventh-century Irish hermit and holy man who moved to Breuil, France (now called Saint-Fiacre) to escape the bothersome crowds increasingly drawn to him….➤ Read More

Dreams of August

Ever try to respond to a comment on social media and you just can’t find it can’t find it can’t find only to have it eventually dawn on you that it was posted on the competition and….➤ Read More

Gregor Mendel and his fuchsias

The future Father of Genetics was born into a poor, but stolid old family of Moravian German famers on July 20, 1822. At Heizendorf bei Odrau in Moravian Silesia. At the time the little farming village was part of the vast and unwieldy Austro-Hungarian Empire but….➤ Read More

The Fuchsia Spotlight. Campo Thilco

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What’s flowering at The Fuchsietum? Fuchsia 'Campo Thilco'. This hybrid is resistant to the ravages of the Brazilian fuchsia gall mite, Auculops fuchsiae, as well as fuchsia rust (Pucciniastrum epilobii)….➤ Read More

Domenico Vandelli

Happy Birthday to Domenico Vandelli who was born July 8, 1735 in Padua. Vandelli was a noted Italian naturalist and botanist, originally from Padua, who worked primarily in Portugal. On the recommendation of Linnaeus, he was brought to Lisbon in 1764 by the great Portuguese reformer….➤ Read More

Origin myths. The Prospect of Whitby

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Scene in London. Lunch today at the Prospect of Whitby on the Thames in Wapping….➤ Read More

Scene in London. The Garden Museum.

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Scene in London. The Garden Museum. The Garden Museum is the first museum of its kind dedicated solely to the history of gardening. The Museum is housed in the Church of St Mary-at-Lambeth ….➤ Read More

Seattle Times - Pacific NW Magazine

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Just in time for Mother's Day, I was interviewed about hardy Fuchsias by Lorene Edwards Forkner for the Seattle Times' Pacific Northwest Magazine….➤ Read More

The Gartenmeister Bonstedt

I do remember the first time I came across Fuchsia ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’. It was at a rather large, and I thought at the time, rather nice nursery. I was still mostly a teenager then. Fuchsias I already knew but...➤ Read More

Édouard André. Horticulturalist. Andean adventurer

Édouard André (1840-1911) was a noted French horticulturalist and one of the most prominent and celebrated European landscape designers of the second half of the 19th Century. Born in Bourges into a modest family of nurserymen, he received his early training and invaluable gardening experience….➤ Read More

Julian A. Steyermark

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Venezualian-American botanist, Julian Alfred Steyermark was born today on Jan. 27, 1909. His long career included the Field Museum of Chicago, the Jardín Botánico de Caracas of the Universidad Central of Venezuela and….➤ Read More