Saturday, August 1, 2015

A wintry mix

This is my kind of wintry mix - dusty miller and white amaryllis. How come my dusty miller never looks like this? Probably because I don't have 5,000 plugs of it. This is Longwood, of course, just one of the indoor Christmas beds. Very striking. We forget how beautiful dusty miller can be, with its silver-white color and lacy, fern-like foliage. A perfect foil (to continue the 'f' alliteration) for this South African amaryllis, called 'Intokazi.' Its flowers are pure white with green centers, about seven inches across. Made me wonder how to replicate this color scheme and effect outdoors in summer ... Good place to start? Dusty miller, which is not hard to find.

A wintry mix

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Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)
Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)

This is my kind of wintry mix - dusty miller and white amaryllis. How come my dusty miller never looks like this? Probably because I don't have 5,000 plugs of it. This is Longwood, of course, just one of the indoor Christmas beds. Very striking. We forget how beautiful dusty miller can be, with its silver-white color and lacy, fern-like foliage. A perfect foil (to continue the 'f' alliteration) for this South African amaryllis, called 'Intokazi.' Its flowers are pure white with green centers, about seven inches across. Made me wonder how to replicate this color scheme and effect outdoors in summer ... Good place to start? Dusty miller, which is not hard to find.

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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

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