July 15th arrives slightly singed and battered. I was just noticing this morning that the big serrated leaves of Bocconia frutescens were untouched by that nasty 109F heat, whereas I’ve had to cut sheafs of tetrapanax stalks to clear out … Continue reading →
For summer, valerian and nicotiana light up what’s mainly a planting of shrubs and succulents the remaining seasons. As much as I love intoxicating displays of summer abundance, this little garden has to remain sober and on duty all 12 … Continue reading →
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, garden visit, journal, pots and containers, succulents
Tagged Agave filifera ssp. schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi', Angelica stricta 'Purpurea', Baltic parsley Cenolophium denudatum, Eryngium pandanifolium, Pennisetum 'Karley Rose', Phlomis 'Sunningdale Gold', Plectranthus argentatus, Puya laxa, salvia, Senecio medley-woodii, Senecio palmeri, Solanum valerianum 'Navidad Jalisco'
August is a mixed bag in the garden, with parts of the garden exuberantly bulging out of bounds while other areas grow threadbare. Bocconia and tetrapanax share the award for most frequent dropping of big, yellowing leaves, and the melianthus … Continue reading →
Posted in Bloom Day
Tagged Aloe 'Cynthia Giddy', Berlandiera lyrata, Chirita flavimaculata, Crithmum maritimum, Dahlia 'Twyning's after 8', Eryngium pandanifolium, Grevillea 'Moonlight', Lavandula 'Goodwin Creek Grey', Melinus nerviglumis, Passiflora 'Flying V', Rudbeckia triloba, Solanum valerianum 'Navidad Jalisco', Stipa ichru, The Bold Dry Garden
I just don’t know what to think about this vine. First of all, let me be clear that I love the opulence of this solanum’s pendulous, grape-cluster-like performance. With its ropy swags of purply bloom, it is truly like living … Continue reading →