more about: Petunia

These Blooming Bells Ring My Chimes! Calibrachoas

At first glance, Calibrachoa (pronounced callie-bruh-KO-a) looks like a miniature version of the petunia. That’s not so weird. The two belong to the same family. But Calibrachoa offers colors that petunias don’t — strong yellows, terra-cottas, oranges — as well as red, pink, rose, burgundy, blue, lavender, purple, and bicolors. Boatloads of single or double flowers appear from spring to […]

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One More Summer Sizzler — Mexican Petunia

 When you see a plant blooming its head off in a strip of compacted dirt between a parking lot and concrete wall in rainless, nasty July, you know it’s a tough customer. That’s just one of the reasons people love Mexican petunia. As its name implies, Mexican petunia comes from south of the border. (No, I’m not talking about that tacky […]

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Suffering to Bring You More Flowers

My commitment to you is true and unwavering — neither sun nor wave nor ocean breeze will stop Grumpy from reporting on the best of what's new to the gardening public.  And so this week I undertook an arduous 2,000 mile journey by air to Ventura, California to visit the 2010 plant trials of Ball Horticultural Company, one of the country's […]

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Color Your World with New Blooms

How do you like my flower garden? It's just a little something I've been working on for the past couple of weekends. Those energy drinks my son keeps giving me have had a profound effect. Actually, if you read yesterday's post, "Miami Nice," (unless you were in an earthquake, you have no excuse for not doing so), you know it's […]

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Swappin’ Plants

OK, people, I get the message. From the absolutely ZERO RESPONSE to my protestations about high prices for flowers these days (see “Sticker Shock”), I gather that I am the only person on the planet who resents having to pawn his wedding ring just to buy a lousy petunia.

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