Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wednesday Vignette, Lotusland light magic

I've been spending a little time—a half hour here, fifteen minutes there—editing down the hundreds of photos I took at Lotusland, last April. It's a wonderful way to get lost in the warm memories. Those of us that attended the Bromeliad Summit spent an entire day at Lotusland, listening to great lectures and roaming the garden. It was an experience I will never forget.

I took this photo as the lectures broke up and we were headed back to our cars and off to another garden for dinner (little did I know THIS is would be our next stop, damn I'm lucky). Gerhard, Jeff Moore, and I were walking together and as I recall we all paused, gasped, and raised our phones or cameras in unison to capture the magic, Lotusland light magic...

Weather Diary, Oct 15: Hi 63, Low 43/ Precip trace

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bloomday for October, 2019

Well look at that, another Garden Bloggers Bloomday has rolled around (thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for keeping the tradition alive). I'm feeling kind of detached from the garden right now. It's been wet, then cold, and I've been busy. All the better to have a reason to stroll and look for flowers right? I am thrilled with the consistent bloom output of Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel', this plant is a winner.

Passiflora 'Arctic Queen' has been a little less generous with the flowers, but when they do happen, vavoom!

Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’ has been blooming for awhile now, I just thought to snap a photo and include it in the bloomday show.

Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' finally got started.

Cyclamen hederifolium, such a tiny little thing.

Leonotis leonurus, winding down.

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Paisley'

Abutilon Nuabyell

Clematis tibetana var. vernayi, don't you just wish you could pinch those thick petals? It feels just as good as you would guess it does.

Clematis tibetana var. vernayi and Schefflera delavayi

Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'

This one caught me by surprise, Impatiens omeiana isn't typically a fall bloomer, at least not in my garden.

Rosemary, the everblooming.

And finally, Knautia macedonica, which has put on quite the show this year. What's blooming in your October garden?

Weather Diary, Oct 14: Hi 64, Low 40/ Precip0

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Flaming cryptomeria branches, in a vase, on Monday

Andrew loves autumn and Halloween. I'm less enamored but manage to do a little seasonal decorating, for him if nothing else. I'd been out in the garden cutting random bits to put in a vase with Solanum integrifolium (pumpkin on a stick, purchased at Trader Joe's) when I took a close look at the bottom branches on my Cryptomeria japonica 'Rasen'...

If you're not familiar with this conifer, it's normally twisted. Twisted branches and twisted needles. So the oddity that caught my eye, wasn't the twist, but rather the color. It's normally green, evergreen. A few of those green branches appeared in a vase back on December 5th, 2016 (here)

All but the bottom few feet of branches are still green, these blazing bits were in the lowest, shady, three feet—and in fact there were new green branches pushing out right near these orange ones.

The color is fantastic, perfect in a vase this month. But I am a little worried about the tree.

Do you think this is a sign there's something wrong with it?

Weather Diary, Oct 13: Hi 63, Low 47/ Precip 0

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Friday, October 11, 2019

What looks good now...

If you've read this blog for any length of time you know this is always a hard time of the year for me, I love summer and I hate to see it end. Sure autumn has its own beauty, but winter follows and that's just to awful to think about. Awful.

Okay enough of that. I went out to document what was looking good in the garden right now, you know, be in the present and don't worry about winter. As it turns out there's quite a bit to love. As the Amsonia hubrichtii begins to color up this combination is extra fabulous...

The golden leaves on the Poncirus trifoliata (aka Citrus trifoliata) are glowing!

As is the fruit now that it's ripening.

Moving the Agave 'Mateo' into this pot in the front garden was a great idea, it's really responded well; lots of new growth and a more pronounced stripe. Now let's just hope it doesn't mind winter. I've got a small one in the ground in the back yard that's always been fine.

Cordyline 'Electric Flash' did fine last winter, but of course I planted it knowing it wasn't fully hardy here. We shall see...

Agave parryi 'Notorious RBG' (my name for a NOID purchased at the Ruth Bancroft garden) and a coloring up Sedum ternatum 'Larinem Park’.

Sedum palmeri is also starting to color up (we've had a few nights in the 30's, lowest low of 33).

This spring I planted quite a few mangaves out in the garden. Here's Mangave 'Bad Hair Day'...it's in a pretty protected spot and is theoretically good to Zone 7.

Lavandula allardii 'Meerlo' looks good, even with only a couple waterings over the summer months. So does an Agave 'Silver Surfer' that refuses to grow AT ALL.

Erica arborea var. alpina with its bright green new growth on the tips.

I think I shared a photo of this holding tank—which is usually planted with veggies or floral stems to cut—earlier in the year. It's amazing how much everything has exploded in size. I'm going to have to don my chainmaille to get in there and break things up before really cold weather hits.

Schefflera brevipedunculata

Schefflera brevipedunculata backed by Schefflera delavayi and Metapanax delavayi, with a Clematis tibetana var. vernayi running through it all.

The Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) that hitch-hiked into my garden with a plant from my Spokane garden is coloring up nicely.

Sometimes I have no idea where it's gotten to in a season until the foliage starts to turn.

Looking forward to seeing these spiderweb sempervivum expand (newly planted a few weeks ago).

I really need to come up with a suitable protection strategy for the five huge Echium wildpretii around the garden.

I didn't realize Lonicera (Lonicera × brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet') produced berries.

Adiantum venustum keeps on looking good even when the plants around it start to melt.

The leaves on the Cyclamen hederifolium I wrote about earlier in the week are mostly all facing upwards now.

The shade pavilion greenhouse is up and ready to be filled with plants. If all goes according to plan, that's what I will be working on shortly after this post goes live.

I still haven't managed to find a spot in the ground for my Sinopanax formosanus, it's still in a container. I need to make that a goal for 2020.

The fern bowl I put together over the summer is still looking great.

Such wonderful plants.

Sonchus canariensis goes dormant in the heat of the summer. It's looking good now though.

Another of the mangaves I put in the ground, Mangave "Femme Fatale'.

Mangave 'Frosted Elegance'

A whoe patch of things that I'll be watching if winter gets crazy, as some people are saying it may...

The combo of Echium wildpretii and Symphytum × uplandicum 'Axminster Gold' puts an end to this post...

Weather Diary, Oct 10: Hi 62, Low 33/ Precip 0

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Borland Garden, a stop on the 2019 Garden Bloggers Fling

I really enjoyed this garden, one from the 2019 Fling in Colorado. Unfortunately my photos don't much back-up the experience.

Maybe because the front garden was so densely planted. Layers and layers of green with an occasional flower or spike.

Looking at these photos left me feeling good about my front garden though, which I know people find a little overwhelming. Too many plants! This makes my garden look sparse...

From our Fling materials: "I started with a typical front yard planted with bluegrass, a large crabapple, one topped honey locust, and a silver maple. Whereas the initial first year planting of 10,000 plants was watered overhead for establishment, subsequent plantings were started in tubelings and planted in late winter with no water applied then or thereafter. Almost all the seed for the plants was personally acquired in the field"

"I know of no other garden in Colorado devoted exclusively to dryland native plants and not supplementally watered—Jim Borland"

Interesting, right?

There was definitely a lot to look at in the garden.

In fact when I asked Mr. Borland about agaves, and why I wasn't seeing more of them in the Colorado gardens we'd visited, he mentioned a surprisingly large number he had growing in the garden. He admitted they were small, still, I missed them.

Fallugia paradoxa, Apache plume

There's a corner of the house...

Getting closer...

There were plants all along the deep overhang.

And several containers on the porch. Not all of them full of plants.

Working my way up the side of the garden (it was on a corner lot) things eventually opened up...

An Iris even!

I did find out the name of this shrub, which we saw in several gardens, of course I can't remember it now.

Here's the back garden. Quite the different look...

The semicircle doesn't appear to be used much, which is a shame, it's an interesting feature.

Those rings off the back of the house certainly grabbed my attention.

I have no idea what their actual use is...

But I want to grow vines up them.

They would hide the electrical equipment quite nicely.

Perhaps this lonicera could be trained?

Here was another interesting back-garden feature, a walk-in compost corner.  Although truth be told it looks a little like it might collapse on you at any given moment.

A wide-angle look at the back of the house...

And then it was out to the front sidewalk and back on our bus...

Weather Diary, Oct 9: Hi 57, Low 37/ Precip 0

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