Friday, January 15, 2021

January Bloomday

A new month, in a new year and here I am, walking around my garden looking for flowers as I have for Garden Bogger's Bloomday for years. Doesn't get much better than that, does it? Simple pleasures in complicated times.

We start in the back garden and I should make it clear that "almost flowers" count too, at least in my scorebook. Helleborus x ballardiae Pink Frost, almost flowering.

I think this one is Helleborus x 'Golden Sunrise'.

Loquat, Eriobotrya japonica, smells so good! In prior years I've not cared for the fragrance but this year I am really enjoying it.

A Facebook friend just posted photos of an orange edgeworthia starting to open it's small florets, mine isn't anywhere close to that. It's always running a few weeks behind the yellow flowered version in the front garden.

Fatsia polycarpa 'Needham's Lace'

Another perspective...

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Rochester'

I stood there for a good 10 minutes inhaling the scent of this witch-hazel and snapping photos in the warmth of the January sun (!).

Thus you get three images, because I couldn't narrow it down any further.

I can't wait for the creamy yellow bells of Stachyurus salicifolius to open.

Out in the front garden now, and this one puzzled me for a moment. The foliage belongs to Grevillea rivularis, but the grevillea flowers are purple, and look nothing like this. Then I realized it was a tiny Fatsia japonica flower that had fallen into the grevillea foliage. I was so thrilled with this discovery however that I neglected to take a photo of the Fatis japonica!

Here's the beginning of a real Grevillea rivularis flower.

And here's the yellow flowering edgeworthia, E. chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold', just starting to open.

The hummingbirds will be happy for weeks as the individual flowers take their time opening.


I was surprised to see the Euphorbia rigida this advanced in their bloom cycle, then I looked back at 2019's January Bloomday and was assured everything is right on time.

Mahonia x media 'Charity' bloom snow.

And the blooms.

The first arctostaphylos to bloom is underway, A. x 'Austin Griffiths'.

The after-blooms of Salvia clevelandii...

And finally by the back door, Erica arborea 'Estrella Gold' refuses to move beyond this tiny bud stage (patience!)... 

But the Calluna vulgaris 'Firefly' at it's "feet" is slightly more advanced.

As always click on over to May Dreams Gardens aka Carol J Michel for the round up of all the bloggers participating in this month's celebration of garden flowers.

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Weather Diary, Jan 14: Hi 55, Low 38/ Precip 0 

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

The Huntington: paddles and balls

Today's post is a study in plant shapes, the paddle and ball shapes of the plants in the Desert Garden at the Huntington in San Marino, California. Photos taken when I visited in December of 2019. We start with the colorful paddles of Kalanchoe luciae...

And move on to lots of opuntia paddles, some on tree sized plants...

...and others with interesting patterns on them.


Look at the trunk on that one (the opuntia I mean)!

Now we turn our attention to the balls, mostly the golden barrel cactus, Echinocactus grusonii, but there are a few others mixed in to keep things interesting. 








For me this is where the serious magic starts to happen. Mix those golden barrels with a powder blue agave and...wow!








This little cutie is a Gymnocalycium horstii ssp. buenekeri.

And this one, well there wasn't a label that I could see, but it's pretty well spiked isn't it!?

Weather Diary, Jan 13: Hi 61, Low 42/ Precip 0 

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Wednesday Vignette, plants on plants

For this Wednesday Vignette we go back to my 2019 visit to the Ruth Bancroft Garden...

I am somewhat obsessed with plants growing on other plants, and so I was thrilled to find this example of a cactus growing on the trunk of a palm. Did the RBG gardeners plant the cactus? 

I emailed Brian Kemble, curator at the RBG to ask. His reply: "The palm is Butia capitata (also known as the jelly palm because its edible fruit is used to make jelly). The cacti growing on the trunk are Cereus hildmannianus, and they were not planted there by us. It would seem evident that birds perched up in the palm after having eaten cactus fruit, and they sprouted and grew. This is obviously not a good long-term choice of a growing spot, since the cactus gets to be several tons in time. . ."

So, not a long term planting, but still fun while it lasts.

Weather Diary, Jan 12: Hi 61, Low 46/ Precip 1.77" (yes, that is the 24 hour rain total, not the week, or the month but the day. High winds too, lots of power outages, ours was out for at least 6 hours).

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Hellstrip edging: rebar and woven metal strips

Another of those "hey it's not raining" moments happened recently and Andrew and I were out the door and on a walk. I was surprised to find this wonderful hellstrip treatment just up the street from us.

The raised bed sides are reminiscent of the design Darcy Daniels used on her own hellstrip. I wonder if this is her work? Or maybe "inspired by"?


I am quite jealous of these wider hellstrips. I wish mine weren't so narrow, then again I guess if they take away from the front garden proper that's not so good.

Andrew was rather taken with the detail where the rocks and metal meet.

I'd seen it previously at Darcy's and it's definitely a nice design touch.




If we ever decide to add a short wall at the edge of our front garden along the sidewalk something like this would be perfect.

Weather Diary, Jan 11: Hi 47, Low 44/ Precip .76 

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