RT Discussion List Q&A VI
Brian A. Miller and others:
24. What's the latest on the Sweet Warrior Band Tour Live cd?
RT: Yet to be mixed, and realistically wouldn't be seen before the end of
25. What to expect in 2008 after the upcoming 1000 Years tour?
RT: Solo in the Southeastern US in April, solo in continental Europe in May,
various festivals this summer on 2 continents, 1000 Years in England in
26. What has gone wrong with Maart Allcock's attempt to reproduce the
RT: Nothing, still coming.
27. What plants do you appreciate being able to grow in your garden in
California that you would not be able to grow in the UK? Are there any
garden plants you really like but can't grow in California, because they
need a cold winter?
RT: At last, real questions!
UK gardeners grow an increasing number of hardened-off Mediterranean plants,
so the overlap gets bigger all the time. Ceanothus, which is native to the
hills at the top of my street in Santa Monica, has become a UK staple, being
one of the few blue-flowering shrubs available. UK growers also avoid frost
by mulching and taking indoors, which means all kinds of things from palms
to pelargoniums can be featured in the garden.
I started in California with a very English sensitivity and palette, growing
herbaceous borders in pastel colours, but I soon switched to stronger
colours, because it looks better in the more intense sunshine. The range of
plants possible is enormous; bulbs that need cold can be stored in the
fridge for 6 weeks before setting out; all the Mediterraneans of course - we
use a lot of Lavender and Rosemary, Penstemon, Bignonaciae vines; I grow a
lot of roses, and probably prune them lighter than I would in the UK;
natives like Fremontedendron, Asclepias, Erigeron, Escholzia, Romneya,
various Salvia; subtropicals like Bougainvillea give a great Mediterranean
look; and I've had some success with tropicals like Philodendron and
Aristolochia, and orchids various. Being able to grow so many succulents is
tremendous, and increasingly I use them in mixed plantings, and for