Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday Vignette, silver and blue (a little green too)

Often memory enhances an image, making it better than it really was. Knowing that, I was quite pleased to come across this photo, taken at the Smithsonian Gardens in DC, and find it just as gorgeous as I remembered. You'll see it in context in this Friday's post, but for today I thought the close up made a lovely vignette...

Weather Diary, August 15: Hi 83, Low 55/ Precip 0

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 2017 GB Bloomday

Here in Portland we had a brief period last weekend where moisture actually fell from the sky. This moisture, some may call it rain, is expected to fall here any day between November 1st and say mid June. However outside of that date range it is extremely rare. So very rare that I had to get out and take my Bloomday photos on Sunday, just so I'd be photographing under that cloudy sky and with raindrops on the blooms...

The garden smelled amazing, and I'm not talking about that petrichor scent of the rain so much as the scent of the foliage and flowers.

But enough about the weather. How about some plant names! My Bougainvillea × buttiana 'Barbara Karst' is still blooming its heart out, because that's what Bougainvillea do.

I planted a couple of Gaura lindheimeri early in July, they're still going strong.

As are the Indigofera amblyantha.

The Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lemon Queen' no longer qualify as flowers, but I'm keeping them because they remind me of mini Chrysanthemums.

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Zanzibar'  has put on a second round of flowers. Much lighter (in color and quantity) than what I originally got in May.

Just for the record I'm grateful, not complaining.

A NOID Sempervivum.

Hesperaloe parviflora

The Zinnias!

I shared many photos of my Zinnia as cut flowers on yesterday's blog post, but after cutting that they're already re-blooming.

I'm growing Zinnia elegans 'Envy', 'Queen Lime Blush' and 'Queen Red Lime'.

All luscious!

Crocosmia 'can't find the tag'

A impulse purchase at the "everything" supermarket.

Also from the everything market came these Canna lilies. They were labeled as 'Cleopatra' but that's not the case. Not even close. Luckily I knew what I was getting when I bought them and was not disappointed.

Pelargonium sidoides

Nicotiana (not) 'Hot Chocolate' (they were bought 'Hot Chocolate', which would have been a lovely brown color)

Grevillea 'Ivanhoe'

Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart', being oh so very florific!

Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’

Abutilon Nuabyell, back to blooming after being cut to the ground last winter.

Ditto for the Bomarea sp. (those are Rhododendron sinogrande leaves).

Alstroemeria isabellana

Anigozanthos, aka kangaroo paw.

Sarracenia sp.

Another kangaroo paw, this one Anigozanthos flavidus.

The Moon Cactus has produced! Blooms for days. Unfortunately for Bloomday they closed up. Check out my Instagram feed for flower photos.

Billbergia, possibly B. vittata (thanks to a friend's ID on Instagram).

Another Bromeliad (probably Vriesea ospinae var. gruberi) that's sending up a bloom. I was told this one was rather unimpressive. We'll see.

Kniphofia, one of the 'popsicle' series.

Paris polyphylla - Heronswood form, still going strong.

Metapanax delavayi, in a tangle with Clematis tibetana var. vernayi, which I never got around to cutting back...

And this, blooming just in time! The stinky carrion flower of a Stapelia.

By afternoon it had already started to fold back its petals to further expose the pollen in the center —  in hopes of attracting flies. And even though it's facing the wall (silly flower), it was successful. I took a peek the next day and could already see eggs. There will be maggots, aren't you jealous?

For more flower fun, without maggots, click on over to our hostess for Bloomday, Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

Weather Diary, Aug 14: Hi 75, Low 52/ Precip 0

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Monday, August 14, 2017

In a Vase on Monday: it's easier to ask for forgiveness...

Just last week I mentioned I'd been (politely) kicked off the mantle — the ban has been in place for a couple of months — I couldn't take it anymore! Rather than ask for permission I went with the time honored idea that it's better to just "do it" and ask for forgiveness...

Floral master Riz Reyes had given me a chunk of Floral Soil to try out and after months of it sitting on a shelf in the basement I finally felt the inspiration to use it. Inspiration fueled by Zinnias of course!

This stuff is crazy cool! It's a sustainable version of that icky floral foam, Oasis, and if you think it looks a little like chocolate cake you'd be correct.

After all it was the cake in the "Woodland Wedding Cake" — one of the most photographed elements of the 2015 Floral Showcase at the NW Flower and Garden Show.

From the Floral Soil website:
Derived and Inspired by Nature: Floral Soil™ is 100% plant based and manufactured primarily from coconut husks, a renewable waste.
Re-Usable: A key focus of Floral Soil™ design was to make it re-usable. Floral Soil can be used for cuttings and seed starts. Additionally, you can add it to your indoor plants, outdoor planters, and directly to your garden.

I've never worked with any sort of floral foam so this was a whole new experience for me.

To be able to push a stem in at an odd angle and have it stay there, crazy!

It made doing an arrangement like easy.

Have I mentioned how much I love growing, and cutting, Zinnias?

Joining the flowers are cuttings of Artemisia stelleriana 'Silver Brocade' and Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Hindwarf'...

A few stems of Nicotiana...

And the vines and fruit from Melothria scabra, aka the Mexican Sour Gherkin.

But of course it's really all about the Zinnias.

A friend gifted us a couple of lemon cucumbers. Had we not eaten them right away they would have made a nice addition to the still life.

As always the weekly "In a Vase" meme is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click on over to see what other bloggers are sharing in a vase.

Weather Diary, Aug 13: Hi 75, Low 58/ Precip .06" — which ended our 57 day dry streak, the longest dry spell in 33 years.

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