Monday, February 25, 2013


Here's another one in my collection that I forgot to post pictures of last spring. This plant has survived neglect, freezing weather and triple-digit summers for over thirty years and it still looks nice and blooms!! The growth is a very nice medium green and it has some substance to the branches without being thorny.

Another bonus, it stays rather compact.

Paul Fort and Garland O'Barr named 'Annapurna' in 1955. 'Annapurna' is the name the Tibetans gave to one of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. This pristine white beauty really does evoke the image of a frosty mountain vista! It's all white except for the delicate pale pink sepals.
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means "full of food" (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is "... the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess ... the mother who feeds. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: This makes Annapurna a universal goddess ... Her most popular shrine is located in Kashi, on the banks of the river Ganga." Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.
'Annapurna' in the Pentico collection.

'Annapurna' is from the cross 'Dr. A.D. Houghton' X Nat. ESA reg #5886.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Epicon Home Tour photos May 2012

One of the fun features of Epicon last May was the self-tour of some of the members gardens. I was able to get a few nice pictures. Well!! I was looking for some of these photos to cheer up the dreary wintry day today, and I discovered that I never posted them to the blog! So, better late than never!

'Dante' in Katherine Barto's collection

'Farolito' in Jean Constanzo's garden

'Silence' in the Mikas garden

'Florence Reed Arnold' grown by Katherine Barto

cute little "Helmut Otken' in Sandra Chapin's collection

'Hidden Treasures' in Mildred Mikas's garden

'Hocus Pocus' in Sandra Chapin's collection. I had a plant started of this one and discovered just today that it died, that was what set me to looking for these pictures in the first place!
'Labor of Love' in the Mikas collection
'Marchenprinzessin' a Knebel hybrid registered in 1935. I would dearly love to get a cutting of this plant! Grown by Sandra Chapin.
'Rainbow Trail' grown by Mildred Mikas

'Jamaican Reggae' belonging to Sandra Chapin