This October the garden has already turned its back on summer, and all but the grasses have been cut back. I’m curious to find out how long the summer grasses can be supporting players to the winter-blooming aloes before the grasses are cut back in late winter. (Of course, if we get rain, the grasses […]
We’ve been babysitting a cat whose life had been previously confined to indoors. His love for his newfound garden kingdom almost matches my own. But his ungainly enthusiam translates into tearing through the garden like a baby elephant, and stalking birds, so I’ve been cutting back a lot of the summer stuff much earlier than […]
It must be August, because the Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ is billowing. This tender perennial becomes activated by the heat of August. I pull it out by the handfuls when it gets too rambunctious but always leave a few roots. Any plant that likes this weather deserves a place at the table. And I […]
How could I forget the Japanese silverleaf sunflowers?
An international effort. Native to coastal southern Texas, it is known as the Japanese Silverleaf due to that country’s renowned work in breeding sunflower varieties. I’m not sure whether this is the straight species or an improved-upon seed strain via Japanese growers. My source was Annie’s […]
I’m going to try a systematic approach, so bear with me. Right outside the office, the planting is getting some height from the bog sage, kangaroo paws, and Pennisetum ‘Skyrocket’ showing a few blooms way in the back.
Using the bocconia as a reference point, swinging east, away from the office, […]
In June, it seems like everywhere you point the camera, something is in bloom.
Glaucium grandiflorum wants the entire garden for itself, so there’s been lots of ongoing, strategic pruning.
The blooms of Eryngium planum eventually slide from silvery-green into blue.
Berkheya purpurea has matured into several big clumps and probably […]
Welcome to the jungle. (Okay, so it’s a dry jungle.)
This will be an abridged Bloom Day post, looking at the telescoped view through my office doorway and describing the big stuff that stands out in the frame. Rudbeckia maxima on the left is nearly as tall as the pergola but not as tall […]
The distinctive measured pace of a garden this time of year, compared to the frenetic pace outside my front gate, is what I find so compelling: the syncopated intervals between birdcalls, the varying rhythms of arrival and departure of hummingbirds, butterflies, bees. Incidents on the wing gently drift in and out…but this weekend it’s all […]
No flowers open yet, but the long-awaited beschorneria bloom stalk itself is stare-worthy. Parrot colors of vivid red with buds tipped in green. Improbably taller every day, with new subtle twists and angles to admire
It passed by the Euphorbia ammak a few days ago.
The bricks in the photo above […]