August? Come in, August. Ground control to August? August: Um, we’re in a bit of a holding pattern here. Over. Repetition seems to be a hallmark of my summer Bloom Day posts. It’s been the usual suspects all summer. Still, … Continue reading
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, Bloom Day, pots and containers
Tagged Agapanthus 'Gold Srike', Agapanthus 'Storm Cloud', Agave geminiflora, Anigozanthos, Crithmum maritimum, Euphorbia marginata, Gaura lindheimeri, Gomphrena 'Fireworks', Lemon Grass Cymbopogon citratus, Rudbeckia triloba, Seseli gummiferum, Tagetes 'Cinnabar'
Unseasonal, sudden onset heat, like cold, is similarly not in a plant’s best interests. The pristine good looks of Agave ‘Blue Flame’ took a hit last week. Poor thing didn’t have time to develop a base coat and suffered a … Continue reading
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, Occasional Daily Weather Report, Plant Portraits
Tagged Agave 'Blue Flame', Agave celsii var. albicans 'UCB', Anigozanthos, Coprosma 'Plum Hussy', Eryngium pandanifolium, Gaillardia 'Oranges & Lemons', Harpochloa falx 'Compact Black, Lavandula multifida, Melanoselinum decipiens, Orlaya grandiflora, Pelargonium 'Golden Lemon Crispum', Plectranthus neochilus, Russelia equisetiformis, Salvia sclarea 'Piemont', Senecio leucostachys (vira-vira)
It’s our blue period again, and not just ours. Jacaranda mimosifolia trees are painting the whole town blue. Spiky plants in the front garden will fly these pennants until July, when the blue period ends, and the trees in the … Continue reading
Posted in Bloom Day
Tagged Anigozanthos, Aristea ecklonii, Ballota acetabulosa, Baltic parsley Cenolophium denudatum, Diascia personata, Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis', Nepeta 'Walker's Low', Pelargonium caffrum X 'Diana', Penstemon 'Enor', Persicaria amplexicaulis, Senecio stellata, Sideritis syriaca, Verbascum 'Clementine'
Lawns are vanishing all over town. The chief ringleader and instigator is the Long Beach Water Department, with their irresistible Lawn-to-Garden Turf Replacement Program. Quite a few of my neighbors have already taken advantage of this program the past couple … Continue reading
Posted in climate, design, driveby gardens, pots and containers, succulents
Tagged Achillea "Moonshine', Anigozanthos, architects Abramsom Teiger, Baja spurge, Calandrinia spectabilis, California, Euphorbia xanti, Gomphrena decumbens, Joni Mitchell's Hissing of Summer Lawns, Lawn-to-Garden garden tour 2013, Lawn-to-Garden Turf Replacement Program, Long Beach, Long Beach Water Department, mediterranean climate, nepeta, Pittosporum tenuifolium, Russelia equisetiformis, Salvia chamaedryoides, Senecio mandraliscae, Senecio vitalis, Stipa tenuissima, Teucrium azureum, Verbena 'Homestead Purple', Verbena lilacina
Spring is moving fast here in Southern California. I’ve already checked out some of the gardens on our host’s site for Bloom Day, Carol at May Dreams Gardens, and saw lots of traditional spring shrubs and bulbs and perennials like … Continue reading
Posted in Bloom Day, MB Maher, pots and containers, succulents
Tagged Albuca maxima, Anigozanthos, Argemone munita, begonia, Centranthus ruber 'Alba', Chionanthus retusus, Digging Dog Nursery, Erodium pelargoniflorum, Euphorbia lambii, flowering tobaccos, Isoplexis canariensis, kniphofia, Nepeta 'Walker's Low', Nicotiana 'Ondra's Brown Mix', Nicotiana langsdorfii, poppies, Prostranthera ovalifolia 'Variegata, Ricinus communis 'New Zealand Purple', Salvia chiapensis, Senecio anteuphorbium, Senecio stellata, Stipa gigantea, Tweedia caerulea, Zaluzianskya capensis
(Agave “Mr. Ripple’ gets his portrait included because, as Van Gogh wrote, “there is no orange without blue.”)
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, Plant Portraits
Tagged Agave 'Mr. Ripple', Aloe capitata, Anigozanthos, Bulbine frutescens, Echeveria multicaulis 'Copper Roses', Isoplexis canariensis, Nasturtium, Ornithogalum dubium, Papaver rupifragum, Tropaeolum majus
What was I thinking, sleeping in on Bloom Day? Getting straight to the point… Grevillea ‘Superb’ Pelargonium echinatum Abutilon Anigozanthus Salvia chiapensis Ammi majus Tulips The first flower of Salvia iodantha wagneriana in honor of Bloom Day. Thanks, Carol!
February is about the time of year when the little reminder notes really start to pile up, when sending a barrage of e-mails to myself seems an inefficient system compared to the search capabilities on my blog, a feature I … Continue reading