Post-Internet I’ve noticed plant desire has turned into a thinner and weaker strain now that it’s so easily satisfied. The really big desire, the kind that used to build up unrequited for years and years, is as analog as a manual typewriter. So now when a plant proves to be unobtainable, it’s kind of thrilling [...]
Musschia wollastonii bulges out of this large pot at an angle as though off a cliff in its native haunts of Madeira, Portugal.
It’s gaining size rapidly, pushing aside the cordyline, but I try to stay calm and suppress an increasingly giddy expectation that it possibly intends to bloom this summer. Internet photos [...]
Some new things in bloom I woke up to this morning.
Viscaria oculata from Annie’s Annuals. I grew this annual from seed many years ago. It’s amazing good fortune to have a nursery do all that work and offer up gems like these for sale, just a few plants if that’s all you need. I [...]
Last time I wrote about this echium was for a March Bloom Day post, cursing myself for having transplanted it while it was just beginning to show flower buds.
I am now relieved to report it has made a full recovery.
Any plant with the word “gentian” in its name has to be [...]
Along with the linaria I mentioned recently, some of the other wispy spring annuals I’ve been experimenting with in pots are this Anagallis. A. monelii, the Blue Pimpernel.
And a little nemesia with long spurs, N. cheiranthus ‘Shooting Stars.’
The trachelium and white valerian are self-sown, into both paving and the garden.
A pre-dinner garden tour at Dustin’s.
“What is it?” I asked.
“You asked me that last time,” he answered patiently. “It’s psoralea.”
“Oh, the Kool-Aid something or other?” (Strange, how memory works.)
“Right,” he explained, “from Annie’s.”
His psoralea is growing up into a beautiful little tree.
Southern California, a mile from the ocean, zone 10, spring a couple months ahead of most of the country.
With the grasses joining the frothy euphorbias in bloom, there’s now a supercharged atmosphere that animates the garden. I love it when plants start to inhabit planes other than just ground level and do so with [...]
Any day now.
Geranium maderense ‘Alba’ from Annie’s Annuals.
Spring planting must be on just about everyone’s minds now, right? I shop at Annie’s Annuals all the time, fill my cyber basket to overflowing, then walk away from the computer. The walking away is pure character building.
At least that was my m.o. until local nurseries started stocking AA’s plants. Aaaagh…Now I routinely [...]
More impending drama. The first beschorneria to bloom in my garden. I think it’s B. septentrionalis but won’t know until it blooms. The narrow leaves look a little yuccoides, and there has been some wild hybridizing going on among the species by clever people like Tony Avent and Martin Grantham The only other beschorneria in [...]