Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Smart Planet Plants delivers...

When a message like this: "Hi Loree! We absolutely love your 🌿 content and would be happy to send you some of our drought-tolerant plants. Let us know if you're interested!" shows up in your Instagram feed (especially when you're having a very difficult day), why would you say anything other than... "yes please"?

So of course that's exactly what I said, and a box of Smart Planet drought tolerant plants showed up on my doorstep on yet another difficult day (yes, there have been a lot of them lately)...

Since it was also another very wet day (lots of those lately too), I unpacked the plants on our dining table. Thankfully they were very well packed plants.


Portulacaria afra ‘Lilliput’

Did I mention how well packed these were?

Crassula ovata ‘Crosby’s Compact’

So cute!

And that was the only broken leaf in the whole shipment!

Next up, Aeonium ‘Lily Pad’

The happy collection thus far, only one more to open up...

And there it is, Sedum adolphi...

These plants were all packed so well, only one broken leaf and barely any soil that escaped from the packing. I was so hesitant to unpack these indoors but I didn't need to be, this is it for the mess...

And look how cute they are!
Thankfully we had a dry day shortly after my unpacking and so I took all my new plants outside.

And that's when I discovered their unique sized pots slip right into the holes on the top of the table under our shade pavilion!

How fabulous is that?! And since these little cuties don't require much water I won't have to make a mess of the table trying to aim at the pots with the hose, like I did with the ferns I had there last summer. Thanks Smart Planet Plants!

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Monday, May 16, 2022

May blooms, buds, berries and birds...

Yesterday—May 15th—was Garden Bloggers Bloomday, as hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Our weather has been so miserable I wasn't really in the mood to get out and take photos, I almost blew it off, after 13 years of participating! But it's may, MAY is the namesake month for Carol's blog. I really needed to get my act together, and so I did...

Last May this Paeonia 'Smith Opus' (Misaka) has lush open blooms. Not this year. It's been too cold.

Back in March I dug up a patch of Saxifraga urbium 'Aureopunctata' and planted them in temporary containers while I reworked an area of the garden. It's been so wet, that I haven't gotten it all replanted yet and they're blooming in one of those containers.

I don't appreciate those little flowers until I look close.

Moving on to another patch of the same saxifraga, here the dark astelia foliage helps bring out the spots on the petals.

I took this photo to show what a froth the flowers on a patch of saxifraga can create, this group on Saxifraga ‘Primuloides’.

Disporum cantonese ‘Night Heron’

Disporum cantonese ‘Green Giant’

Solomon's seal (Polygonatum). This is one of the very first plants I added to the garden when we moved here in 2005. 

Back then there was a nursery that sold plants that had been donated by people digging up things they didn't want any longer. Or instances of when a garden was going to be plowed under for development, that kind of thing. Plants were cheap and I didn't have a lot to spend, it was a perfect match!

Magnolia laevifolia, these blooms have stuck around a lot longer than normal, thanks to the fact it's been so damn cold.

I missed many of the blooms on my Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet' last year because the aphids were so nasty I cut everything back hard. I've been out there paying attention; washing and pinching off aphid-covered foliage so hopefully I'll get to see flowers soon.

It's always fun to spot the little green flowers on Tillandsia usneoides.

One of my Schlumbergera truncata has managed to throw out a few May blooms, I pinched this one to take inside but then laid it down here while I pulled a few weeds—none of the plants in the picture actually produced the flower!

Palm's a blooming! Trachycarpus fortunei

Embothrium coccineum

Lupinus rivularis, peeking up through the foliage of Rhododendron williamsianum.

Paris quadrifolia

Podophyllum peltatum

Here's what the Podophyllum peltatum foliage looks like, the flower is lurking below.

Podophyllum 'Red Panda'

Podophyllum pleianthum

Darlingtonia californica


Another carnivorous plant bloom in the works, these buds belong to a sarracenia.

Maytenus boaria 'Green Showers'

Akebia longeracemosa 'Victor's Secret'—usually in bloom by now, but not this year.

Sophora prostrata 'Little Baby'

I had just one Echium wildpretii live thru last winter to bloom this spring. Truth be told, it's the only one I bothered to protect. At least my efforts paid off.

Such a fabulous plant.

Loropetalum chinense 'Sizzling Pink', in the back garden.

Loropetalum  chinense var. rubrum 'Hindwarf', in the front garden.

Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop', I should have taken a pulled back shot as there are at least a dozen (if not more) of these in bloom. A plant I never would have purchased but Alison (I miss you Alison, but wish your email would stop spamming me) shared with me. I love it.

Scadoxus puniceus, fat buds, but not yet blooming. Again, because of the cold temps.

Variegated lily of the valley, Convallaria majalis 'Aureovariegata'.

Thalictrum ichangense 'Evening Star'

Epimedium 'Amber Queen' 

Aporophyllum 'Shirley' (orchid cactus)—this is the third bloom of the year, with at least three more on the way!

This is an odd shot that I just had to share. Rhododendron laramie, after the petals have fallen.

Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris ‘Wildberry Shortcake'

Pulsatilla vulgaris 'I wish I could remember'

Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow', which is producing beautiful blooms in numbers that are off the charts this year!

NOID lewisia A

NOID lewisia B (which tries to break my camera every year, it's so bright!)

The last of the Poncirus trifoliata blooms.

Erica arborea var. alpina

Corokia cotoneaster is a cloud of yellow stars...

So many flowers!
Finally, what about those birds I promised in the title of this post? And the berries!? Well, for the last week or so the front garden has been a riot of flapping wings and blurs of yellow and orange, as a flock (?) family (?) of western tanagers discovered the ripened berries on the Fatsia Japonica and started feasting. The really colorful moments were when a (very) blue scrub jay or two decided they wanted a snack and the tanagers told them to go away.

The berries and the birds are all gone now, but a fine mess remains. I'll spare you those images. It was fun watching them though, the party took place right in front of my kitchen table window, which is how I got these photos.

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