Monday, July 15, 2019

July's Bloomday, 2019

It's July Bloomday! Let's take a look at what's blooming in my garden.

Lysimachia paridiformis var. stenophylla, an under-appreciated beauty.

I couldn't get a decent photo of the Echeveria 'Arrow Setosa' bloom, oh well. The spike is coming from that slightly fuzzy plant in the lower left hand corner.

Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel' wintered over and is hell-bent on taking over a corner of the back garden. I love it.

Mammillaria spinosissima 'Red-Headed Irishman'

My Acanthus mollis put out the shortest little bloom spike...

Clematis 'Bells of Emei Shan'

The Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart' blooming is underway, there are so many flowers and buds on this plant...

Abutilon Nuabyell

Abutilon Nuabtang

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Paisley'

Moluccella laevis, aka Bells of Ireland, which I never got around to sowing seeds of this year, luckily some of last year's plants did the deed for me.

The actual flowers.

Dyckia 'Nickel Silver', which was a recent gift...I love it.

Dyckia 'Nickel Silver' flower, close up

I had a couple of Aloe aristata bloom this year, at this point they're past their prime.

Acca sellowiana

Grevillea rivularis

Grevillea x gaudichaudii

And again, just so you can see the colorful new foliage.

Sempervivum NOID, which is leaning precariously into the driveway and I am afraid is going to get broken.

Another Sempervivum NOID

Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lemon Queen'

Another, bonus photo, just becasue.

Salvia apiana

Callistemon ‘Woodlander's Hardy Red’

I think this is Verbascum olympicum, a seedling of a long ago plant.


Another verbascum that seeded itself out in the middle of a callistemon.

Verbascum blattaria

And finally, the flower of July...

Yucca filamentosa and Y. filamentosa 'Color Guard'

Happy Bloomday! Visit May Dreams Gardens for the full round up of Bloomday posts.

Weather Diary, July 14: Hi 85, Low 62/Precip 0

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Friday, July 12, 2019

So about that Austin Fling raffle prize...

When last I photographed that bright chartreuse ModDish planter, from Steel Life, I had just returned home from winning it at the Austin Garden Bloggers Fling. I was actually writing about another planter in that post, one I'd finally planted up (ten months after purchasing it) with a succulent—Obregonia denegrii—I bought in Austin.

In that post—dated May 25th 2018—I mused about how long it would take me to plant up the ModDish. Well I can now say for sure; 1 year, 1 month and 2 weeks.

I never have planted the small orange ModDish I got at DIG, before they closed. Instead it gets filled with whatever strikes my fancy, currently some large grey pebbles and a Tillandsia xerographica,

So, anyone what to make a bet on what I finally put in the chartreuse planter?
Would you be surprised if I said bromeliads? No, of course you wouldn't be. Here's the lucky line-up...

That big guy on the right (below) is to blame. I stopped by Garden Fever a day or two before leaving for the Denver Fling and they'd just gotten in a shipment of plants. He was sitting just to the side of the cash-stand as I paid for my purchases. I lusted, but I left. And he haunted me all night and the next day. I went back and thankfully he was still there, he might be a Neoregelia 'Pimiento', dunno for sure. Bromeliads in nurseries are not usually well labeled, at least in these parts.

After purchasing the big guy I decided he belonged in the chartreuse planter, and I needed another bromeliad to keep him company, at 16" wide the planter called out for more than one. I set off for Portland Nursery intending to pick up just one more bromeliad. I came home with three. It happens.

Not wanting to go the gravel mulch route, I started taking small plastic bags with me on walks. I collected lichen and moss, as well as small sticks.

Here it is all planted up and mulched.

Part of the mental block I'd had when it came to using the chartreuse planter was where to put it. The shape seemed to want to be on a table, but our patio dining table is just too small. However, having already staked out territory for the fern bowl, I realized I could tuck the ModDish right in on its left.

The collected moss and lichen make a great mulch.

The previously empty apotspot vase/planter also got an upgrade with mossy sticks and bromeliads...

Just a few more photos of the new bromeliad plantings...

It may take me awhile, but I eventually figure it out.

Weather Diary, July 11: Hi 81, Low 64/ Precip 0

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Digitalis some something, takes me by surprise...

Our summer—thus far—has not been continuous days of blazing hot sunshine. I'm not going to complain, there's still the rest of July and August for that, hopefully. One overcast morning last week I realized I need to get over to McMenamins Kennedy School and take some photos for that book I'm working on. Walking towards the dry—spiky—garden just off the parking lot, a tall flowering perennial called out to me. That one, on the right, next to the stunning Dasylirion wheeleri...

The thing is, I am horribly ignorant of most flowering perennials, they just aren't my thing, so I devote very few brain cells to them. I knew enough to know this was a foxglove, digitalis. But which digitalis? D. ferruginea aka rusty floxglove? D. lanata aka woolly foxglove or Grecian foxglove?

I have no idea, but I was rather enchanted. Wishing I had a few of them in my own garden...

Weather Diary, July 10: Hi 77, Low 63/ Precip .07"

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