Friday, August 23, 2019

Flashback: Alberta and friends...six years ago

Looking back at a blog post—Alberta and friends, happy in the ground—from 2013, I was shocked to see how small the featured plants were when they went in, and by comparison how big they are now. This is the spot I'm referring to, as it looked before we tore out the huge inherited rhododendron.

And after...

The namesake of the post, Alberta, is the trunking Yucca rostrata. The large mangave in the lower right of photo above died that next winter. The ornamental rhubarb, below, went to live with a friend.

What's most shocking is how short Alberta was, and how small the pair of Agave ovatifolia were...

Here's the now...

Alberta looks like someone grabbed her by the head and pulled, elongating her neck.

Plants can put on a lot of growth in six years...

I wonder what this spot will look like in 2025?

Weather Diary, Aug 22: Hi 75, Low 55/ Precip 0

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

An unexpected nursery visit...

Last week I had an appointment to meet a friend at her garden, take a few photos, and talk about her fantastic container collection. Looking around I commented on a few large clumps of sempervivum she'd recently planted, she shared the fact they were bargains at just $1.50. Then she offered to take me to the nearby nursery where she'd purchased them...

This was a completely unexpected turn of events!

Wowsa...

Amazing!
The price had gone up, although still a great deal...

These were $2 as well...

Yep...

Nope...

The charm of this place was off the rails. I asked the owner how long she'd been at it, some 25 years. "The plants just kept multiplying, so I started selling them..."

Aloe aristata

Hopefully she's planning to sow a few aloe seeds.

Now that's a passionflower!

Kalanchoe, maybe K. daigremontiana

So many plants!

Of course I was drawn to the NFS sections.

Several ferns have these furry feet, I'm not even going to guess at an ID. It's pretty fabulous though.

You know my line, right? There's always an agave, if you look hard enough...

Sometimes you don't even have to look all that hard.

These are all in pots, instant garden!

Happy bamboo, too...

Out front, by the road, there were cut flowers for sale.

I was tempted, they were only $5. But that was two and half pots of sempervivum!

My friend Beth did not hold back. Each flat holds 16 plants.

This was my haul. Ten sempervivum and an echeveria, only $22. I'm already wondering why I didn't buy more...

Of course, I'm having lots of fun with what I did buy...

The small piece of wood already had a hole in it, how could I resist?

Weather Diary, Aug 21: Hi 73, Low 60/ Precip .20"

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday Vignette, the latest in security systems

My brother, who lives in Phoenix, sent me this photo of the latest and greatest in sustainable security systems there. Ain't nobody who wants to mess with those spines and glochids.

His photo reminded me of a building I photographed in Filmore, CA. I wasn’t paying any attention to the people in the building, on the other side of the windows, until one of them came out to find out what I was up to. I assured him I was harmless and only interested in the agaves, he seemed to relax. He told me that he loved them because they meant he didn't have to purchase a security system or put bars on the windows. Good point! Who’s crazy enough to crawl over a wall of agaves?


Plants earning their keep...

Weather Diary, Aug 20: Hi 86, Low 58/ Precip 0

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Mary DeNoyer's garden, a Study Weekend visit

The first garden I set out to see during the HPSO Study Weekend event in late June was that of Mary DeNoyer. She and I cross paths during local garden events and she doesn't live all that far away from me. It was odd that I hadn't visited her garden prior...

From our brochure..."Mary's garden is a 20-year experience of learning and passion. In this 75 x 100 ft organic city garden the adding of every bit of compost, tilling of the beds, digging of every hole, and placement of almost every rock and tree was done by this garden owner. And the garden is still changing! Mary expertly collects lovely shade plants including varieties of arisaema, podophyllum, saxifrage and dactylorhiza for her lush and private back area beds. She loves playing with textures of plantings. In the sunnier south-facing front garden is a collection of more drought-tolerant trees, evergreens, and perennials. Last year her rock garden was added along the drive. On the cozy, private deck off the back of the house and on the shady covered patio is a collection of garden art..."

I was thrilled to see a blooming Morina longifolia...

...or two. My plant (a gift from Bonney Lassie) is still producing that great serrated foliage, but it hasn't bloomed this year.

This Dierama, aka angels fishing rod, captured the attention of every visitor who passed by.

Faux bois planters, a little Martha Stewart touch.

The dried allium blossoms tucked into this conifer had me feeling a few Christmas vibes.

I could have stepped up to the deck here, but instead traveled around the end of the "L" shape to take in all the plants.

This gorgeous ground cover is an arabis, it was swoon worthy. Mary has promised to share a bit with me and I'm thrilled.

She does shade plants very well...

I used to have so much of this Saxifraga x geum 'Dentata', I'm not sure what happened to it. Maybe I could talk her into a piece of it too...

Wow, wouldn't you like to hang out here for a bit? There are clear plastic panels acting as a roof, should moisture fall from the sky.

x Mangave 'Bloodspot' perhaps?

It's bloomed and is now forming babies...

That's a nice paring. Cordyline 'Electric Flash' and a dark-leaved dahlia (thanks Green Zebra Market Garden).

Mary had kindly set out refreshments for the touring hordes, I was more interested in that great pot with the aeonium...

Oh! The driveway rock garden, I like it.

This short little planter, maybe a former birdbath, also caught my eye.

And this! Goodyera oblongifolia...

I definitely need to know more about this "giant rattlesnake plantain"...

This was a wonderful garden to kick off a plant focused weekend. I can't believe almost two months have passed since this visit. Summer goes so fast...

Weather Diary, Aug 19: Hi 81, Low 60/ Precip 0

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