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, … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, Bloom Day
Tagged Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea', Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue', Agave vilmoriniana, Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid', Anisodontea 'Strybing Beauty', Beschorneria X 'Martin Grantham Hybrids', Chionanthus retusus, Euphorbia, Gerbera 'Drakensberg Gold', Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon', Papaver setigerum, Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara'
This warm weather (90 again today!) is pushing an early spring. The first bloom of the many reseeded Papaver setigerum obligingly opened this morning for Bloom Day. Meanwhile, the winter-blooming aloes aren’t ready to yield the spotlight yet. Aloe ‘Jacob’s … Continue reading
Bloom Days are celebrated by May Dreams Gardens on the 15th of every month, and as far as I know, latecomers are welcome. If you’re perpetually late like me, you end up straddling Bloom Day on the 15th and the … Continue reading
Since I’m already running a day late for the Bloom Day reports collected by May Dreams Gardens on the 15th of every month, I’ll try to limit the repetition. September pretty much mirrors August, but here’s a couple oddballs, a … Continue reading
There’s not much difference between July and August, or even June Bloom Day posts, but I suppose it’s useful to see what has survived, who’s stalwart and who’s a wimp. And I have been dropping some new stuff into the … Continue reading
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Tagged ' Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost, Abutilon venosum, Asarina scandens, Begonia 'Unbelievable Lucky Strike', Begonia 'Unstoppable Upright Big Fire', Bulbine 'Athena Compact Orange', Crassula ovata 'Hummel's Sunset', Crocosmia 'Solfatare', Eryngium pandanifolium, Euphorbia ammak variegata, Glaucium grandiflorum, Gomphrena 'Balboa', Gomphrena 'Fireworks', Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon', Lotus jacobaeus, Pennisetum 'Sky Rocket', Plectranthus zuluensis, Russelia equisetiformis, Salvia uliginosa, Sphaeralcea 'Newleaze Coral', Stipa ichu, Tradescantia 'Greenlee'
The planting under the Acacia baileyana ‘Purpurea’ is all fairly new, except for the Plectranthus neochilus. Stinky or not, it’s a great addition to a dry garden. Gomphrena ‘Balboa’ is the clover-like flowers with silver leaves, which blends in seamlessly … Continue reading
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, Bloom Day, pots and containers
Tagged Abutilon venosum, Agave 'Snow Glow', Agave franzosinii, Agave gypsophila 'Ivory Curls', Agave vilmoriniana, Aloe distans, Aristida purpurea, Berkheya purpurea, Cordyline ‘Electric Star’, Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberry', Crithmum maritimum, Eryngium pandanifolium, Gaura 'Belleza', Glaucium grandiflorum, Gnidia polystacha, Pelargonium sidoides, Pennisetum 'Sky Rocket', Phygelius 'Diablo', Plectranthus neochilus, Ruellia macrantha, Sesleria autumnalis 'Campo Verde', Sonchus congestus, Sphaeralcea 'Newleaze Coral', Yucca aloifolia 'Blue Boy'
I documented the extent of the back garden earlier in the month. It’s pretty clear it’s a battle for inches here. Relatively cool, overcast June means I’m still shifting plants around and planting some new stuff too. I’ve been playing … Continue reading
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Tagged Agapanthus 'Gold Strike', Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid', Aloe scobinifolia, Anigo, Anigozanthos 'Yellow Gem', Arctotis 'Flame', Asarina scandens, Australian Native Plants Nursery, Brilliantasia subulugarica, Crithmum maritimum, Dustin Gimbel, Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit', Emilia javanica, Gerbera 'Drakensberg Gold', Glaucium grandiflorum, Gomphrena 'Balboa', Gomphrena 'Fireworks', Jo O'Connell, Lavandula minutolli, Leucadendron 'Ebony', Lomandra 'Breeze', Lotus jacobaeus, Pelargonium sidoides, Pennisetum 'Skyrocket', Phormium 'Apricot Queen', Phygelius 'Diablo', Plectranthus neochilus, Salvia 'Love and Wishes', Sphaeralcea 'Newleaze Coral', Stachys 'Bella Grigio'
Bloom Day — you know the drill. (And if you don’t and somehow stumbled here unwittingly, just calm down and see May Dreams Gardens for some helpful background by Carol.) I bought this Banksia ericifolia from a newish nursery in … Continue reading
Posted in Bloom Day, Bulbs, pots and containers, succulents
Tagged Abutilon venosum, Aloe 'Always Red', Aloe 'Moonglow', Aloe cameronii, Anigozanthos 'Little Jean', Banksia ericifolia, Canna indica, Erodium pelargoniflorum, Leucadendron 'Safari Goldstrike', Nicotiana 'Ondra's Brown Mix', Pelargonium echinatum, Sedum nussbaumerianum, Veltheimia bracteata
It wouldn’t do to start the new year off skipping the first Bloom Day, which is technically the 15th of every month, but our host Carol (May Dreams Gardens) doesn’t seem to mind slackers. Helleborus argutifolius, the last plant remaining, … Continue reading
Posted in Bloom Day, succulents
Tagged Aloe capitata, Bocconia frutescens, Euphorbia milii, Evie the cat, Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon', Helleborus argutifolius, Kalanchoe beauverdii, Lavandula multifida, Pachypodium namaquanum, Phlomis lanata