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Monday, September 24, 2012

September On My Potting Bench

 Honestly, I don't know who put a feather in the Tucan's pot!

 Amarillys  is asking: Is it December already? 
Next to it - Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tasman Ruffles'.
Monrovia site describes it  as one of the best and hardiest selections of this New Zealand native species. Evergreen shrub, it can reach 10'!Oh-la-la! 
I'll try to keep it not taller than 3-4 feet!  Does anyone have it?
I bought it while visiting Dan Hinkley's new garden. Sorry, I can't show you the pictures of the garden. 
They asked not to publish them. I'll just say that it's beautiful!

Please, tell me what is that plant next to the poppies in the little watering can?

Have a great week!

***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS


  1. Pittosporum Tenufolium, beautiful foliage plants, i said to myself i will keep pruning this guy so he doesn't get too big. He just kept growing, i kept pruning. I gave up-he was removed. I don't buy plants that i know i will have to keep their size down by regular pruning anymore. Good luck with yours Tatyana.

  2. Sorry, I don't know the name of that plant. Have a nice week too!

  3. The plant in the watercan is an Euphorbia, as far as I can see the Euphorbia helioscopia.

  4. Your mystery plant looks like some kind of Euphorbia. Does it have a milky sap that oozes out from the cut?

  5. I would love a potting bench! I end up using an old patio table and then hosing it off. I would probably send Martha Stewart into heart failure.

  6. Tatyana, your potting bench is design set - but I suppose it would be - like an extension to your divine garden. Your mystery plant is just that to me: a mystery plant. I am impressed by Janneke's plant knowledge. As for Pittosporum, it is an undesirable weed here. Hopefully it will behave in your garden, but if you find lots of P. seedlings, my advice is to remove them before them before they get too strong and determined.

  7. Thank you everyone!

    Janet and Janneke, I checked the internet, and it does look as Euphorbia helioscopia (wart spurge, umbrella milkweed and "madwoman's milk), and it's poisonous! I'll get rid of it!

    Karen and Catmint, thank you so much for your tip!!! I think I have a spot in my garden where it can grow as tall as it wants. I was looking for something tall and bushy that can grow in the far corner of my garden! If not for your comments, I'd put it in the wrong place! Now, I know what to do. Although, I don't think it'll grow as big as it gets in your areas.

  8. I couldn't tell you what the plant is. But then again I never look at your blog when I don't see a plant I've never seen before. That's one the great things about reading them.

  9. Oh that Toucan planter is so cute! I do not know what the flower is either but they are lovely looking Tatyana. Have a great week.

  10. Great photos that remind me of why yours has always been one of my favorite blogs! I read your comments, hoping to find the identity of your mystery plant, which I like very much! Now I will have to do some research on Euphobia helioscopia!


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