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'
Some quick photos to make it on August’s roster for Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. It feels slightly hypocritical to include this ceratostigma in a Bloom Day post, since last spring I single-mindedly pursued its complete … Continue reading
August is always a truth-telling time in the life of a garden and a good month to take a snapshot of it. The hoses have been deployed this week to deep water the trees and soak the now bone-dry soil. … Continue reading
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, creatures, garden visit, journal, Plant Portraits, pots and containers, succulents
Tagged ' Amicia zygomeris, Aeonium 'Zwartkop', Aeonium canariense, Agave americana var. medio-picta 'Alba', Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripes', Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor', Agave parrasana 'Fireball', Anigozanthos 'Yellow Gem', Annie's Annuals & Perennials, Centranthus ruber 'Alba', Chionanthus retusus, Chrysanthemoides incana, Cotinus 'Grace', Crithmum maritimum, Cupressus macrocarpa 'Citriodora', Dustin Gimbel, Echeveria elegans, Euphorbia cotinifolia, Helenium puberulum, Hibiscus acetosella, Laurus nobilis 'Aureus', Lepismium cruciforme, Lotus jacobaeus, Lysimachia ephemerum, Manihot grahamii, Mirabilis jalapa 'Limelight', Pennisetum 'Princess Caroline', Persicaria amplexicaulis, Prostanthera ovalifolia 'Variegata', Ricinus communis 'New Zealand Purple', Salpiglossis 'Chocolate Royal', Scabiosa ochroleuca, Sedum nussbaumerianum, Senecio anteuphorbium, Sideritis oroteneriffae, Sonchus canariensis, Stipa arundinacea, Teucrium hircanicum, Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea', Zea mays 'Tiger Cub'
Is it possible for a vegetable to reach celebrity status? Tuscan kale has seemingly reached a kind of stardom with both ornamental and vegetable gardeners. Brassica oleracea var. acephala, aka Italian lacinato, Nero Toscano, black kale, dinosaur kale. I grow … Continue reading
Posted in design, edibles, Plant Portraits, pots and containers
Tagged black kale, Brassica oleracea var. acephala, climbing squash Trombetta di Albenga, Deborah Silver, dinosaur kale, Italian lacinato, Nero Toscano, Noel Kingsbury, pole bean Trionfo Violetto, small garden, urban garden, Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'
It was recently calculated (but not by me) that my little back garden is all of 882 square feet. After 20 years of gardening here, methodically covering every inch of that 882 square feet, with moisture and light now robbed … Continue reading
Posted in design, Plant Portraits
Tagged Antigonon leptosus, asarina, Clematis cirrhosa, Cobaea scandens, Dicentra scandens, Dolichos lablab, Eccremocarpus scaber, Manettia cordifolia, Passiflora sanguinolenta, Pole beans Trionfo Violetto, Thunbergia alata, vines, Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'
As I’ve written in posts like “Type G Personality,” it seems every summer has its folly. This year looks to be no different. The chains are hung. I’m using the word “folly” to mean a project of dubious merit, not … Continue reading