I trust we’ve all safely arrived at the doorstep of this spring weekend relatively intact. My car is in the shop from a minor crash a few weeks back, my first since I can’t remember when, and the rental has … Continue reading
Posted in Bulbs, Cinema Botanica, clippings, creatures, journal, Plant Portraits, shop talk
Tagged Abbey Hotel, Allium schubertii, alliums, Bonhams, Chateau Marmont, Chelsea Hotel, Colony Collapse Disorder, Irish wolfhound, Jean Shrimpton, Rob Walls photographer, Rose 'Bouquet d'Or', Terence Stamp
An unexpected afternoon cloudburst visited the garden this Bloom Day. In five minutes it was over, leaving enough time to collect some photos before sunset. Self-sown Orlaya grandiflora, the Minoan Lace. Rose ‘Bouquet d’Or still in a flush of blooms. … Continue reading
No use in dancing around the fact that my Bloom Day posts can be a bit repetitive. Seems it’s the same cast of characters every month. But if you’re in zone 10 and lack the space for big herbaceous drifts … Continue reading
Posted in Bloom Day, Plant Portraits
Tagged ' Amicia zygomeris, Anigozanthos 'Yellow Gem', Athanasia acerosa, Crithmum maritimum, Dahlia 'Chat Noire', Echium gentianoides 'Tajinaste', Leycesteria formosa 'Golden Lanterns', Limonium peregrinum, Mirabilis jalapa 'Limelight', Rose 'Bouquet d'Or', Russelia equisetiformis, Salvia 'wendy's Wish', Teucrium 'Fairy Dust'
I visited a couple nurseries today and was a bit horrified by the seemingly overnight invasion of flat after flat of “spring color,” a reaction which made me wonder if I’m growing snobbish. So am I a snob? I don’t … Continue reading
I admit it’s a little early for a summer recap, but there is a penultimate feel to the garden today. By this time, whatever plans I’ve laid have either happened or failed to happen. It’s time to admit this is … Continue reading
Posted in agaves, woody lilies, Plant Portraits
Tagged Allium senescens, Coreopsis 'Full Moon', Manihot grahamii, Musa 'Siam Ruby', Papaver rupifragum, Polygonum orientale, Prostanthera ovalifolia, Rose 'Bouquet d'Or', Salvia 'Limelight', Solanum rantonnetii, Tibouchina heteromalla, Xanthosoma 'Lime Zinger'
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. … Continue reading
Posted in Plant Portraits
Tagged Bloom Day, Calandrinia spectabilis, Calceolaria 'Kentish Hero', Canna 'Intrigue', cineraria, Lespedeza thunbergii, Lophomyrtus ralphii 'Red Dragon', Lysimachia purpurea, May Dreams Gardens, Mirabilis jalapa, Oxalis vulcanicola, Rose 'Bouquet d'Or', Salvia 'Waverly', Salvia chiapensis, Senecio stellata, Solanum rantonnetii, Tanacetum vulgare 'Isla Gold', Teucrium fruticans azureum
It’s that time when the garden vibrates to the frequency of Alstroemeria ‘The Third Harmonic.’ The flowering stalks, when upright, graze my chin, and I’m 5’8.” This is a two-year-old clump, and it’s a good 5 feet across already. These … Continue reading