Container for a shady spot

A nice spot to sit

If you have an area of your yard that is shady and lacks color, I have a combination for you. There is nothing like a bright lime green to brighten a shady spot. This combination of lime green potato vine, white and green caladium and rusty coleus adds life to an area of my yard that… Continue reading Container for a shady spot

Pineapple Sage – Salvia Elegans

Pineapple sage returning in early May.

  Pineapple sage is an annual I buy almost every year to smell its wonderfully sweet scent, and enjoy red trumpet like flowers in early fall.  This plant’s scent would make you wish for the invention of scratch and sniff internet images. Yet the most surprising garden find this spring has been the return of… Continue reading Pineapple Sage – Salvia Elegans

Sunflowers, a Study in Solar Efficiency

there's 137 degrees between florets in there somewhere.

How do you gather the most sun in the least amount of space? Who does it better than anything else?  What else than a flower named for it, a sunflower. Math Engineer, Alexander Mitsos, from MIT used numerical optimization to find  the most efficient space design for concentrating solar power plants, like Gemsolar in Spain.  In… Continue reading Sunflowers, a Study in Solar Efficiency