Saint Fiacre

Saint Fiacre.
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

IMG_0731 thumbnail
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

Julian A. Steyermark

Steyermark copy
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

Alfred Russell Wallace

Happy 200th Birthday to Alfred Russell Wallace! One of the most brilliant scientists of the nineteenth century, Wallace (Jan. 8, 1823 - Nov. 7 1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist, as well as a social activist and proponent of social and economic reform. Wallace quite independently….➤ Read More

The Twelve Days of Christmas 2022

13 Epiphany 2023 Thumbnail
That’s it for the season. Some fold up the festivities early but it ain’t really over until the Three Kings sing. So thanks for singing along to The Twelve Fuchsias of Christmas again this year, Hope you had a joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year. May your gardens flourish in 2023!➤ Read More

Annabelle's Fuchsia Garden

Annabelle's Fuchsia Garden Thumbnail
À la recherche du temps perdu. A vintage postcard from Annabelle’s Fuchsia Garden in Fort Bragg, Calif. run by Annabelle Stubbs and her husband, Bud….➤ Read More

Viva Magenta! Pantone's 2023 Color of the Year

Viva Magenta Thumbnail
Pantone’s 2023 Color of the year is something called “Viva Magenta”. I have to laugh at the hyperbolic drivel in the press. “Grounded in nature”? Hardly. Magenta was a trade name applied to rosaniline hydrochloride. a synthetic aniline dye brewed in the labs of….➤ Read More

The Lady with the Fuchsia Corsage

Victorian parlor 1880s detail
The portrait-carte, sometimes portrait carte-de-visite and usually known inaccurately in English as just a carte-de-visite, was a type of photographic visiting card patented by the Parisian photographer, Eugène Disdéri (1819-1889), in 1853. Based on the indispensable visiting cards of the….➤ Read More

The Fuchsia Spotlight. Fuchsia juntasensis

Fuchsia juntasensis thumbnail
Fuchsia juntasensis is restricted to cloud forest on the northeast slopes of the Andes in Bolivia's Cochabamba Department, where it occurs at elevations between about 1,900 to 2,800 meters. Flowering is primarily in the dry season from June-Octoiber. It belongs….➤ Read More

The Fuchsietum—A Documentary

The Fuchsietum—A Documentary 04
If you've been following along on social media for the last year, you're probably aware that I've been working on a new design for the garden. When we moved into This Old House on December 1, 2019, the garden left a bit to be desired….➤ Read More

Fuchsia 'Aprilscherz'

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'....

➤ Read More

2022 OFS spring cleanup

IMG_5455 Thumbnail
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

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

IMG_4960- thumbnaul
🎼 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

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

Christmas Wishes 2021

Christmas Wishes 2021 thumbnail
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

Winter Solistice 2021 Mistletoe Thumbnail
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

letter jumble 100 x 75
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

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

Fuchsia Smokey Blues 04 Thumbnail
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

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