August 2013 I’m happy with the garden this summer, and there’s not much I would change, other than doubling its size if I could. And if I could, then I’d find a spot again for Persicaria amplexicaulis. It loves the … Continue reading
Cleaning out old photo albums releases lots of ghosts of gardens past. Do I feel guilty and as greedy as Scrooge over all the plants that have come and gone? Not a bit. I do notice that I’ve become more … Continue reading
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, plant crushes, Plant Portraits, succulents
Tagged Anemanthele lessoniana, Centranthus ruber 'Alba', Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, Echeveria 'Black Prince', Geranium 'Dragon Heart', Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis', Libertia peregrinans, Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Red Dragon', Persicaria amplexicaulis, Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Golf Ball', Rose 'Chromatella', Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain', Sedum nussbaumerianum, Stipa arundinacea, Stipa tenuissima, Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'
I briefly escaped the desk yesterday and checked out a couple local nurseries. Fall is when some interesting plants start to appear again in Southern California nurseries, for planting in the cooler temps, to be settled in by winter rains. … Continue reading
Posted in Plant Portraits, pots and containers, succulents
Tagged Digging Dog Nursery, Dustin Gimbel, Echeveria elegans, Echeveria pulidonis, Libertia peregrinans, Patersonia drummondii, Sedum nussbaumerianum, Senecio anteuphorbium, Teucrium hyrcanicum 'Purple Tails'
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 … Continue reading
Posted in Bloom Day, Plant Portraits
Tagged ' Amicia zygomeris, ' Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow', Aloe thompsonii, Annies Annuals, Bloom Day, Euphorbia characias 'Silver Swan', Fuchsia 'Hawkshead', Geranium maderense 'Alba', Geum magellanicum, Libertia peregrinans, Luzula sylvatica 'Aurea', May Dreams Gardens, Patersonia drummondii, Pennisetum spathiolatum, Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'
Today was a day of mathematical simplicity, nothing too complex. Like an abacus, disparate elements slid in and out of place, adding in then subtracting out throughout the day. Work lined up for the day cancelled. Subtraction. But being home, … Continue reading
(I’m describing the slow accretion of the colors selected to surround me, practiced by me, a nonprofessional. An inattentive process of anti-design, if you will.) It starts out with silver. Just silver. Silver came home first, in the form of … Continue reading
A 2-year-old mossed basket with sedums, agave, and oregano ‘Kent Beauty.’ I was surprised to see the oregano return this year. Life in a mossed basket can be rough. The urns of arctoctis. Hopefully, the next time I replant the … Continue reading
Posted in Bloom Day, Plant Portraits
Tagged ' Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow', Atriplex hortensis, Bloom Day, Buddleia 'Silver Anniversary', Calindrinia spectabilis, Catanache caerulea, crocosmia, Cupid's Dart, Diascia 'Ice Cracker', Gaillardia 'Oranges & Lemons', heliotrope, kniphofia, Libertia peregrinans, Lysimachia atropurpurea, May Dreams Gardens, Mirabilis jalapa, Oreganum 'Kent Beauty', phygelius, purple orach, Rehmannia elata 'Snow Glow', Salvia 'Waverly', Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain', Senecio rowleyanus, String of Pearls, Trachelium caeruleum, Verbena bonariensis
The answer to Bloom Day, the 15th of every month, is the Foliage Follow-up, the brainchild of Pam Pennick of the excellent blog Digging, whose garden has endured both record high temps in summer and now record low temps this … Continue reading
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, Plant Portraits
Tagged Bloom Day, Coprosma 'County Park Red', Gordon Willis, Hebe 'Quicksilver', Hellebore argutifolius, Libertia peregrinans, Linaria reticulata 'Flamenco', Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Red Dragon', Orlaya grandiflora, Oxalis spiralis, Prostanthera ovalifolia, Salvia chiapensis, Sedum nussbaumerianum, x Fatshedera lizei