The first bloom of the common Queen’s Tears bromeliad, Bilbergia nutans, is just so very startling when it arrives, especially if you’ve only seen it in photos before. Like drop-your-coffee-cup startling. As though David Hockney was in the garden overnight manically touching up the blooms. This bilbergia’s constituent colors are impressively shocking on [...]
Thank goodness Pam at Digging hosts a Foliage Follow-Up to May Dreams Gardens Bloom Day. The blooming lineup in my July Bloom Day post can stand in with very little revision for August. Holding down the fort and keeping the hummingbirds and insects happy in August is the same bunch of long-blooming salvias, gaura, knautia, [...]
I swing between elation and despondency upon returning from an absence to be confronted by a garden that obviously carried on beautifully while I was away.
Bravo, everyone is alive and thriving vs. sniffle, I am clearly superfluous.
As usual, I overstate the case just a bit. I was away for only a [...]
May is a heady month for gardens. Check them out at Carol’s host site for Bloom Day, May Dreams Gardens.
The pale lavender heliotrope is responding to longer and warmer days, sprawling over Oxalis vulcanicola, both perennial in zone 10. The heliotrope looks ratty in winter, when the oxalis billows and flourishes, while the reverse [...]