Friday, June 24, 2016

Fav's for June...they're a little flat...

The last Friday of June, 2016, kind of snuck up on me. It's a bit of calendar trickery this month with the first of July also being on a Friday.

So monthly favorites...I've decided to feature a few low growing plants. Some might call them groundcovers. This Sedum hitchhiked in with a plant I brought from my garden in Spokane. That plant is long gone (wish I could remember what it was)...

But the Sedum lives on, in a big way. It's thrown itself (or maybe that was Lila's doing) across the sidewalk and down the edge of the driveway. It's a nice effect.

I'd give you the cultural details on this little plant but I have no idea which one it is, as it was already growing at my house in Spokane when I bought it, plus I tend to confuse Sedums anyway. They're all good really.

Did you notice the three green little blobs in the photo above? I finally purchased Scleranthus uniflorus. I've been lusting after it thanks to Evan and Patricia who are both growing it. What took me so long? (especially since I first discovered it in the garden of Mark & Gaz back in 2012).

It's like moss for full sun gardens! Hardy in Zones 7-10, eventually creating a mound 6-12" wide...

Just up the sidewalk a bit is my latest Grevillea x gaudichaudii, which brings the garden total to three.

This plant is basically certain heartbreak as it's hardy in Zones 8-10 but will most likely succumb to a cold winter, eventually. Everyone I know who's grown it has lost it.

But until then I'll enjoy it!

The pavers in this last part of the pathway to the patio used to be surrounded by Corsican mint (Mentha requienii). But for some reason (not enough sun?) it chose not to stick around and the moss moved in.

Still there are little pockets here and there that pop up, sometimes a fair distance from the original plants. I brushed the accumulated fir tree debris off this patch and the air filled with that lovely mint aroma.

Here, on the path to the shade pavilion, there's more (along with a Sedum, of course)...

This bit it situated where I can brush my toes across it when I pass, releasing that fresh mint smell. Mentha requienii is hardy to Zones 7-9 and likes well drained, even moisture – that drainage part is especially important in the winter months. It tolerates some foot traffic and has tiny purple flowers in the summertime. Oh and it's the mint used to make Creme de Menthe!

Stepping onto the patio, here's another Grevillea x gaudichaudii.

Those yellow leaves developed last winter and I expected them to either turn green or dry up and turn brown. They've done neither.

My original, which has grown significantly and bloomed a lot. Sadly you can't see most of it right now because it's blcked by the containers.

There are several new buds!

One more fav...this one Acaena inermis 'Purpurea' (New Zealand Purple Burr).

It's labeled as evergreen (everpurple) but for me it dies back in the winter enough that it looks bad. Hardy in Zones 5-9 and eventually reaching 3 ft wide. Drought tolerant and likes well drained soil in full sun. It is said to tolerate only light foot traffic but I can personally attest to it dealing just fine with a 22 lb dog regularly sprawled out on a summer day.

So....what's looking fabulous in your June garden?

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Aeonium Challenge, contained

That empty container on the right, below, used to have an Agave in it. I decided the textures were too similar and this corner need something different.

Enter the Aeoniums...

The silver business is Leucophyta brownii. I read Zone 9 on the tag, some call it 8. We'll see.

The black "grass" is Uncinia strictissima.

I'm normally not a fan of mixed containers and would have rather put his little combo together in the ground somewhere. Sadly I didn't have a suitable space for something temporary.

Sitting on the ground snapping images I glanced to my left and there was my previous Aeonium challenge exemplar, the bulletin board. I still love it!

It's summer and the Aeonium livin is easy!

I think the combo works.

In fact I liked it so much I repeated part of it with another Aeonium, the one that had been sunk in a vase. No Uncinia strictissima here though.

Remember you have until July 4th to email me (spiky plants at gmail dot com) your Aeonium Challenge entry! (details here).

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday Vignette – Aeonium Challenge material?

Visiting a friend I saw these Aeoniums chillin on the wire...

I wonder if she's planning to enter the Aeonium Challenge? Are you?

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A quick trip back to Spokane...

I spent a week in late March up at my parents place in Spokane. It was lovely, but spring comes later there (USDA Zone 5/6 depending) so I was unable to share much of my parents garden then. However my brother and his family, from Arizona, were up visiting the parents during the weekend of June 10th - 12th so we made a return trip (the fact the Friends of Manito were having a plant sale that weekend was terribly convenient – more on that below). These containers are what greet you just through the back gate...

Is this the Geranium that deters mosquitoes? I know mom is a fan since the mosquitoes love her like a fine wine.

The Ligularia in the back is what drew me close, but then I caught site of those leaves in front, and the interesting container.

It's a Lophospermum erubescens, probably terribly common but I'd never heard of it.

In case you hadn't figured it out already, mom is a fan of the mixed container.

And there are a few artful artifacts peppering the garden. These old wagon wheels (or some just like them) were a feature at the edge of the property where I grew up, along with a healthy stand of Opuntia. Yes indeed!

The Syneilesis aconitifolia I gifted her a few years ago is starting to bulk up.

Variegated Iris look good in her garden.

The Yucca blooms were only a week or teo behind mine.

Oenothera macrocarpa, backed by a sedum.

The Oenothera are very happy here! Mom gave me a plant which grew like crazy but never did bloom.

On the right is Horseradish.

Mom and dad have dug it up repeatedly but it keeps coming back. Let that be a lesson to anyone thinking of planting it out in their garden.

Anytime I've written about my parents garden I've always been careful to exclude the chainsaw "art"...what the heck. Time to share it, maybe you already noticed it up above in the wagon wheel shot? They used to own a shop that catered to the chainsaw (and lawn and garden care) crowd, and thus own several.

Those lilies! I can't imagine the cutting opportunities.

Macleaya cordata (plume poppy) is another of my beloved plants that I've discovered are hardy in Spokane. Interestingly though these stay fairly short (3-4 ft) whereas mine are tall (6-8ft), even with little water – and my parents have luxurious irrigation.

Ha! Another of those fixtures from my youth. This guy has made the rounds, I am surprised he can still stand, he's so old.

So what about that plant sale? Here's my haul, back at our hotel...

And back at home...a huge Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris), only $8!!!

I love it.

What you don't see here – but may have noticed above – is a pair of Salvia discolor. I'd been hunting for them locally but not managed to find them. Finally when we stopped at Judy's there they were! By the time I took this group photo I'd already planted them.

This was the thing I was really hoping to score at the Friend's of Manito sale: Ligularia dentata 'King Kong'. The FOM do a great job of organizing and publicizing the sale. Not only do they have a comprehensive list (in advance) of everything that will be available at the sale, but they also send out plant profile emails. These words had me drooling: "Ligularia ‘Britt Marie Crawford’ is a beloved and classic favorite. Imagine a plant with the same attributes but with leaves twice a large; a whopping 16” across! Ligularia ‘King Kong’ will not disappoint. It has the same dark chocolate, almost black emerging leaves changing to a purple burgundy later in summer. The huge, rounded, thick, leathery leaves have a satiny finish and wavy edges." I was a little disappointed at the small size of the plants available but bought one anyway and hope to see it through to promised size.

This was an unexpected score, Sansevieria 'Twisted'

Although when I went to plant it and it fell out of the pot looking like this, well, I was rather upset. Hopefully it will root and live on. Otherwise I threw away $8.

Finally a couple of cheap impulse purchases. Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers' / Foxtail Fern for $1 each! If you ever find yourself near Spokane in mid June be sure to look up the Friends of Manito, I'm sure you would love the plant sale as well as visiting the park. My parents garden though, that's strictly by invitation.

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