Saturday, June 30, 2012

'Yolanda Franck' 2012

'Yolanda Franck' is proving to be a great addition to my upright fuchsia collection with vigorous and definite upward growth.  I am looking forward to seeing how high she can grow out here in the full sun of zone 9b.  All of the uprights would get taller in the shade, but I want to show that they are not just for the shade or even semi-shade.  The only time I have seen them damaged by the sun is if it is hot enough to even singe my roses.  And then, just like the roses, they grow out of it.  They need more water than roses and only good size plants should be grown out in the full sun.  If you are starting with small plants, then transplant them as early in the spring as possible or late fall when temperatures have begun to cool down and they can grow a good root system before the next spring.  A large healthy root system is vital to any plant growing out in the full sun.

Friday, June 29, 2012

'Winston Churchill' 2012

'Winston Churchill' will always be at the top of my list of favorites!  It is a cute little compact hardy upright fuchsia.  I love the blues in the double "skirt" on it.
All of the photos being posted this year of 2012 are new photos being taken as the stock plants recover from a freezing winter that took many down to ground level, and deer that ate many of the first attempts to bloom.
There wasn't much to offer this spring.  But the collection is now at 265 upright varieties and since the season is over for safely shipping small starts, the focus is having all of those varieties available for next spring and most available by this fall for the warmer zones where they bloom year round.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

'Georgeanna' 2012

'Georgeanna' is a new addition to my collection and this is the first open bloom I've seen.  What a cutie!  I have a larger bush covered with new flower buds, but none are open yet so I couldn't wait and snapped this photo of an extra one.  The official description lists it as a double with pink sepals and grey & blue corollas.  And it is a grey blue with a bit of pink blush.  'Georgeanna' was hybridized by Tiret in 1955.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

'Blue Flame' 2012

'Blue Flame' is a weather hardy upright which grows into a dense bush packed with tons of these red and blue/purple flowers.  This one would make a great low clipped hedge.  Did you know they use upright fuchsias as hedges in Europe?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

'Hayward' 2012

'Hayward' is one the hardy upright fuchsias named after cities I am trying to collect.  Like 'San Leandro', 'City of Pacifica', and 'Los Angeles.'  It is not as big a bloom as 'Leslie', but has a much darker shade of blue.

Monday, June 25, 2012

'Abby Rose' 2012

Occasionally ones sees a generic upright fuchsia for sale at the big box stores with no name other than "fuchsia".  Often the tag even describes them as annuals when they are all perennials which can live a century or longer!!
So years ago I named this one after my niece, "Abby Rose".  And even if it turns out some day to have a name, this one will forever be 'Abby Rose' here.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

'Rohees New Millenium' 2012

Wait till you see this one open!  With dark aubergine double sepals.  This photo reminds me of the original nick name given to fuchsias, "Angels Earrings".  Don't they look like jewels?  Few flowers have the colorful flower buds (sepals) that fuchsias do.  Putting on a show before the flower even opens.  'Rohees New Millenium' made it through this winter with flying colors and is currently one of the largest bushes in my collection!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

'Aintree' 2012

'Aintree' is so white it is hard to get a good photo, but I will certainly try again!  The bright "rose" pink of the corolla is what most people think of when they hear a color described as "fuchsia".  But as you can see from other posts here, pinning down a color for the word fuchsia should be anything but simple!
This is a young bush, and as it grows I will prune it to stay off of the ground.  I'd like to plant a low growing ground cover under the bushes, but for now, it is more important to keep a watchful eye for any gopher activity.  So the ground will be kept bare until this winter when a heavy layer of hay for mulch will be laid down.

Friday, June 22, 2012

'Marin Glow' 2012

'Marin Glow' broke in half when it was being put into the ground here at the new location this past winter.  So I quickly stripped the broken half of most of it's leaves and buried it in the ground at the same time.  I had heard it was possible to root perennials this way in the winter time, and had success doing this with branches of lavender and lemon verbena.  This is a photo of the growth from that broken branch!  The flowers are past their dark purple blue stage and into the lighter phase already.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

'Bagdad' 2012

'Bagdad' is a cute low growing compact bush with these delightful little double blossoms.  Doing very well out in the full sun in the ground and also did very well through the winter.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

'Charming' 2012

'Charming' is a new addition to my collection I have not yet seen bloom, but the foliage is so unusual compared to most fuchsias, that I had to post of photo of it anyway.  The flower is going to be a single red and purple toned flower.  This variety was first introduced by Lye in 1877!!  It is the older cultivars I am searching for first.  So if you have an upright you don't see on the list I have so far on the website, please write me and let me know.  Perhaps we can do a trade.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

'Minnesota' 2012

Minnesota is making a comeback!  This was a huge bush and you can still see the main trunk of it in the middle of all of this new growth.  The fuchsias which sustained the worst freezing damage were all along the road.  I believe that the unusually cold winter combined with the wind chill factor of passing cars, is why all of the big bushes I planted in this area when I moved the nursery here, froze to ground level.
They are all planted in big deep holes to provide lots of room for a deep layer of mulch and prevent water from running off instead of sinking in.  I didn't think that layer of mulch was going to be needed here, but I was wrong.  So this winter they will all be getting a nice thick winter blanket of hay.

Monday, June 18, 2012

'Lambada' 2012

Lambada is a small very compact bush.  But as you can see, it is busting out all over!  Growing out in the full sun has really encouraged a large mass of blooms this year.  Most of the varieties with tiny leaves, do better with more sun.  In the full shade, they become weak and don't bloom well.  This is zone 9b, so hotter zones might consider providing a half day of sun instead of all day.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

'Coachman' 2012

'Coachman' is doing so much better here in our new location that it practically seems like a whole different fuchsia.  It had been in way too much shade and had been weak, with thin stems that barely supported it's blossoms.  Making me think it may not be an upright at all.
Here it is now though, growing straight up, with thick sturdy stems supporting these beautiful salmon and red flowers.

The brown twigs in the background of many of my new photos are what remains of the trunks of the bushes before they froze after the move this past winter.  I am leaving them in the first photos of each variety this year, to show people that fuchsias can and will come back up after freezing to ground level.

Friday, June 15, 2012

F. microphylla 2012

I know it is hard to make out much in this photo!  The leaves and flowers of F. microphylla are so tiny!  But not only are they abundant practically year round, this species is a winter hardy upright and a sunshine trouper.  This one is growing out in the full sun all day long.
The dense foliage makes for great clipped topiary's, low hedges, and bonsai.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

'Sharkie' 2012

'Sharkie' is one of the real winter troupers!  No freezing damage at all, so it is now a four foot tall bush covered in these cute little blossoms with the blue twirled corollas.  Looking at these, maybe you can understand why I prefer to call them "skirts."  Don't they look like a skirt being twirled?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

'Northway' 2012

Northway is another winter trouper.  Perhaps because she had the shelter of an oak tree nearby.  This is a beautiful little compact upright bush with lovely simple pink and cherry shaded blossoms.  Hybridized by Golics in 1976.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

'Hollydale' 2012

'Hollydale' is blooming close to the ground because it too is regrowing from this last winter.  But it was not as damaged as some others.  It is a slower growing and nicely compact form of upright fuchsia.  It looks a great deal like 'Tennessee Waltz' before the flower opens completely and then it is easy to tell how different they are.

Monday, June 11, 2012

'Crescendo' 2012

'Crescendo' is blooming so close to the ground because it was one of those that froze to ground level.  But at you can see, it is doing well now!  I am guessing that the name refers to the second row of sepals that drop further down than the others as the flower matures.  And I love the two color tones!  The official description of the sepals is "Turkey Red Blended Peony Purple."  Okay!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

'Cover Girl' 2012

Another winter trouper!  'Cover Girl' lost a few twigs to the freeze this winter, but otherwise did very well and is in full bloom right now.  This one looks like it is going to be one of the more compact bushes, probably reaching three feet at the most.  Maybe four with age and the development of a woody trunk.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Cineraria June 2012

Here is the first new bloom of 2012!  My camera doesn't do the vibrant shade of violet purple on this one.  I am really looking forward to posting a rainbow of colors and forms here this year.  The new crop is doing very well and ready to go!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fuchsias As Bonsai 2012

Most people wouldn't think of fuchsias when it comes to bonsai, but there is even a website devoted to this!  Here is my first effort.  'Amber Rose' is about three years old now and has three trunks twined together which you won't be able to see until I prune it this spring.
A task made difficult when they are blooming!  So hard to bring myself to cut those off!
Some fuchsias grow so big so fast, it would not be a good idea to use them for bonsai.
Others like 'Amber Rose' grow slow and dense enough to make perfect candidates.
If you'd like to see her beginnings, you can check it out in the Fuchsia Forum of

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

'Dollar Princess' 2012

'Dollar Princess' is another proven champ!  She made it through the winter with no damage from freezing at all. It never ceases to amaze me how two plants just a few feet apart can have such different reactions to weather.  Others, like 'Duchess of Albany' are still just a few inches tall after freezing to ground level.
Here she is out in the full sun of June 2012!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

'Los Angeles' 2012

'Los Angeles' is a new one to my collection and it is with great anticipation that I was finally able to see it bloom.  It froze to ground level this winter before it was able to bloom after being planted into the slope last fall.  So in this photo, it is still pretty close to the ground, but blooming away!!  It was hybridized by Evans & Reeves in 1938.  I am searching for as many of the older upright cultivars as I can find.  Especially those named after cities.  Let me know if you have one I haven't found yet!

Monday, June 4, 2012

'Leslie' 2012

'Leslie' is a stunning upright fuchsia!  Why toss out hanging basket fuchsias every year when an upright fuchsia can live to be over 100 years old?  Of course the hanging baskets types can live just as long, but it is much more difficult to keep them happy in those small pots.
Did you know fuchsias make great long lasting cut flowers in arrangements?  Can't do that with the trailing/hanging types either.
But both also do well as floated flowers in bowls of water or fountains!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

F. magellanica 'chile'

Sometimes trying to verify the identity of a plant can be quite a journey!  I know this is Fuchsia magellanica 'chile' as it was given to me by a very knowledgeable source.  I can see from my photo of it's flower and another one of it's unique foliage, that it is different from any of the other magellanica's.  Of which there are over 30 variations.  But only about 15 of those have photo documentation available on the internet.
But until I can get verification from a documented source, this one can't be added to the PlantFiles database of, and this is one reason why I respect their database.
So now I need to search for this verification!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

New Lavender June 2012

I am so excited!  My new field of lavender has been growing beautiful long stemmed new flowers this spring and are finally beginning to show some color.  It will be at least another month or two before they are mature enough to begin making lavender wands again.  The flowers cannot be too young are they will not dry out inside the basket woven at the end of the wand.  And if the stems are too young, they won't dry into a straight handle.  If they are too mature, they will break instead of bend when I make them into the basket around the flower heads.
So you can see why they can only be made during a short period of time each year!
I am really looking forward to making wands again.  And this year I have a few more colors of ribbon to work with.  Like "plum", "wine", and "fuchsia."
This photo is actually from two years ago, the current lavender flowers are not quite this open yet :)