Fuchsia 'Aprilscherz'

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Wow! I can’t believe it! A fuchsia with a bright, clear yellow in the flowers has eluded hybridizers and here one of my fuchsias has simply taken up the challenge all on its own. It's sported the Holy Grail of Fuchsias. I think I'll call it Fuchsia 'Aprilscherz'....

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2022 OFS spring cleanup

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Success! Saturday was cleanup day at the Oregon Fuchsia Society's Hardy Fuchsia Display Beds at Western Seminary here in Portland. And the sun was shining after several days of rain, too! The OFS Ground Force sprang into action…. ➤ Read More

The strange case of Nils Lilja & the fuchsia

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Nils Hansson Lilja, the colorful and decidedly eccentric Swedish intellectual, writer, poet, watchmaker, newspaper publisher, gardener, horticulturalist, and botanist, was born on October 17, 1808 at Blinkarp, Röstånga, in the province of Scania. His early education was at Malmö where….➤ Read More

The Twelve Fuchsias of Christmas

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🎼 On the first day of Christmas
🎶 My true love sent to me
🎶 A partridge in a pear tree
🎶 And Fuchsia….➤ Read More

Happy New Year 2022

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Happy New Year! May 2022 bring the best of Luck!➤ Read More

Christmas Wishes 2021

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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 all with health, wealth, and even more happiness as well….➤ Read More

The winter solstice

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07:59 PST (15:59 UTC). The winter solstice. It's here. Some mistletoe, Viscum album, from De Historia Stirpium. This sumptuously illustrated herbal was published in 1542 by none other than our Leonhart Fuchs, namesake of the Fuchsia. Now on to brighter, longer days!➤ Read More

It's spelled f-u-c-h-s-i-a

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Fuchsia is often misspelled in English due to the odd pronunciation it’s been given. In fact, I’ve collected almost twenty variants. Spelling bee contestants especially, beware! I have the theory that the English pronunciation….➤ Read More

Georg Forster & Skinnera excorticata

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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

The fuchsia spotlight. DebRon's Smokey Blues

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When Carol Gubler of Little Brook Fuchsias in the UK asked “What’s your favorite fuchsia?” on Zoom today, I had to answer that it’s usually “Love the one you’re with” with me and fuchsias. I’d be hard pressed to name just one and not all. Then it dawned on me….➤ Read More

A little night fire

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A question came up in Friday morning’s Fuchsia Friends Gossip Klatsch about an alternative form of Fuchsia ‘Firecracker’ that seems to making the rounds here in the US. Well, technically it was at 7:00 pm BDT so it’s probably more of a Bierfest. Anyway....➤ Read More

The Gartenmeister Bonstedt

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After the frost

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The fuchsias were brushed by frost a few days ago. Ordinarily this might be the end but I was struck by the faded beauty of the blossoms, muted by the cold with shades of their former selves. Some have taken on almost gem-like translucent tones of amethyst….➤ Read More