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Chilean Fire Bush - a hidden jewel in our garden

It is heartbreaking that this beauty is hidden in our garden but at least the hummingbirds have found it. Hidden because it is planted behind a 7 feet tall rose. I planted it there because I was under the impression that it would become a tree. It can indeed become a tree and there is one growing about a mile from our house that is around 20 feet tall.  In our garden, it is taking its sweet time and is only 4 feet tall after being planted seven years ago (2017). It did not begin to bloom until its fifth year and this is the first year flowering has been so profuse. Whenever I think about this plant, I always remember what the Gosslers said in their book "The Gossler Guide to the Best Hardy Shrubs". I quote it here: "Since this plant comes from southern Chile, we begin with a word of warning: it will not grow anywhere in the United States outside western Washington, Oregon and northern California. People wanting to grow E. coccineum in the eastern part of the country will

The Wet, Wet Garden

After worrying about the rain deficit (we were below normal for April), Mother Nature generously rewarded us with an abundance of rain this past week. I am not going to complain although I do wish it would skip my off-days.

Today (Saturday) is an especially wet day. I ventured out briefly and took a few shots. The plants grow so fast from the rain.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Wow, it is so lush and colorful. Stunning!

  2. Glad you got much-needed rain, but I do hate when it hits on Saturday! That’s work day, for sure.

  3. I'm envious, Phillip! Your garden looks lush. Our rainy season is effectively over, although there's a slight chance of rain tonight but the forecast is 0.01/inch :(

  4. Oh so lovely. Still waiting and hoping on a few things here. Yours look grand. Cheers, Phillip.

  5. Your garden looks so lush for all that rain Philip. I understand the disappointment of not being able to get outside comfortably to do work in the garden.

  6. Wow, Phillip! Your garden is beautiful, I agree with all the others calling it lush. Magic rain and all your work. I love the pic with the grass path, how gorgeous.


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