Monday, March 30, 2015

In a vase, on the last Monday in March

So there was pruning. The end of last week was sunny and warm and amazing, I pruned, evidently that’s what I do now since it seems to be all that I talk about.

Waste not want not.

I didn’t intend to end up with the mindset of someone who lived through The Great Depression but at times I realize that’s exactly who I am. I do believe in occasionally buying cut flowers (crazy wasteful? No, not really, cuz they make me SO HAPPY). I also see the value in every stem I cut from my garden, prune something? Don’t toss it in the bin, put it in a vase!

I pruned on the Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Harmony’, then cut a few out of control clematis branches (attempting to rule over the bamboo). Looking at those stems I decided it was time to cut a few of the Magnolia laevifolia branches that were too low and laying on the ground. I'd been waiting until those soft brown buds were about to burst before I dared to do so.

It's a mash-up.

As it turns out clematis make great cut stems, they went briefly limp but are fine now.

I'm counting on those flower buds to open.

This was a fun exercise, but I'm not sure the "mash up" look is one I really enjoy.

A single type of cut stem in vase is much easier to appreciate, for example here are a couple extra Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Harmony’ branches on their own.

And I had to share this. There was another random branch on my Fatsia japonica that was calling out to be pruned. I finally did it, but (you know) I couldn't just toss it in the bin. Into the vase it went!

As is the custom I am joining up with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. She started this vase-centered Monday blogging meme. One I enjoy but have rarely participated in.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

My favorite plants in the garden, for March 2015

I don't believe I've ever featured Rheum palmatum as a favorite plant, but it is. And this just might be my favorite stage...

Dark purple leaves emerging from a papery lifeless "stump"...

Felty wrinkled fists...

With furry pink undersides.

As I photographed the rheum I became distracted by the Fatsia japonica's new growth.

Then I noticed the bright yellow-green spring foliage on the Ponciris trifoliata.

Then I realized there are a few blooms! We might see fruit this year!

You know where this post is going right? How can I be expected to write about a favorite or two when the entire garden is springing to life? So let's just say I've got a lot of favorites this month, deal?

Remember the echium rescue last August? Sadly the ones I planted in the ground didn't survive winter (21F is just touch too cold). Out of the original haul of 16 there are 6 that made it. They were in planted up in nursery pots and sunk into the soil in one of the stock-tank planters in the drive way. When the coldest temperatures were predicted I lifted them and brought them indoors.

They were planted out in the garden a couple weeks ago. Will they bloom this year, or will they provide those big silver/green rosettes I love so? Only time will tell.

The plastic looking foliage of Podophyllum 'Red Panda' continues to expand.

The Podophyllum pleianthum are catching up quickly.

The are one of the "funnest" plants to watch emerge.

The very funnest has got to be the Syneilesis aconitifolia, I know I just shared an image of these last week but they're bigger and there's more of them!

The best pleated foliage in the garden belongs to the Veratrum Californicum.

The Podophyllum peltatum is spreading like mad. That's not a bad thing, yet.

I forgot how green the new foliage on Melianthus major 'Antonow's Blue' is.

Ditto for the new foliage of Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Atropurpureum'...

It's more of a yellow with hints of brown for the Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'.

Hosta 'Samual Blue' emerge with purple tips.

I'm glad to see the Geranium phaeum 'Samobor' coming back so healthy. Last summers heat and dry conditions kind of did a number on it.

New foliage on Leptospermum lanigerum.

And the blooms are opening on the Magnolia laevifolia!

I love the new growth on Eriobotrya japonica, both it's light green color and upright stance.

Especially exciting this year is that it's up over the fence, yay! (the metal containers are upside down to keep the rain out).

The hunk of Persicaria runcinata 'Purple Majesty' that Scott shared with me last year has really taken off!

And what a happy accident that I planted it near the Rhododendron 'Ebony Pearl', they flatter each other don't you think?

This one has me very happy! Acanthus syriacus, a purchase from Joy Creek during the GB Fling, I thought summers heat had killed it before it had a chance to take hold.

I can't remember if this is Pittosporum illiciodes 'Fine Green' or Pittosporum illicioides 'Strappy', whichever it's going to bloom!

Daphniphyllum macropodum v. humile

Daphniphyllum himalaense ssp macropodum 'Variegated'

And we'll end here, with the Macleaya cordata. I planted a couple near the fence last summer, looks like it's already spreading. That little bit in the lower left corner is new. I should probably warn my neighbor that she might see some on her side soon! As always with the monthly favorites wrap-up please share links (below in the comments) to any posts you've done on plants you're appreciating in your garden this month. Or if you're not a blogger just tell us about them!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

WWTT #20, Oh no! They didn't?!

This moral outrage was spotted in San Diego. Killing time while Andrew finished up in a bookstore I noticed a florist sign down the street a bit, I figured being in extreme Southern California there might be some exciting offerings and walked down to check it out. This is what I found...

Banksia blooms dyed red, blue, green, pink and purple! Or maybe not dyed but dip-painted?

Either way why in the name of all that is holy and sacred would you do that!!! WHY!!!??? (kind of reminds me of the painted succulents that have been spotted at the big-box stores)

As if this isn't already beautiful enough, you have to go and colorize it? So so so wrong.

Oh and if you needed a little filler foliage to go with those colored up banksia flowers how about some silver and gold painted Adenanthos?

How will you decide which to get?

Oh I know, how about going with the actual foliage, which is quite beautiful as-is! What were they thinking?

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Back to Balboa Park: the Lath House and Australian Garden

The Botanical Building, aka The Lath House, was built for the 1915-16 Exposition held in San Diego's Balboa Park and is one of the largest lath structures in the world.

It is eminently photographable, we walked by it several times and I had to snap a photo every single time. That's why the light is so different in some of these images. According to "The Botanical Building plantings include more than 2,100 permanent plants, featuring fascinating collections of cycads, ferns, orchids, other tropical plants and palms. The Botanical Building also presents some of the Park’s vibrant seasonal flower displays." Unfortunately the seasonal displays during our December visit were nothing but poinsettia, not a favorite of mine.

Those palms however, they're lovely...

Heading inside...

The poinsettia were everywhere! Hard to avoid them even when photographing an impressive staghorn fern.

Anthurium podophyllum (there were some labels in the lath house)

Blechnum speciosa 'Silver Lady'

The "shorter tree fern"...

Ready to leave and taking one last look before turning around...

To this view!

Everybody enjoys the sunshine.

The Timken Museum of Art backs up against the pond, that's where these beauties were planted, against the museum building.

I don't think I could ever tire of that silver blue color.

Now we're down in the Australian Gulley Garden. If you read my earlier rant then you know...this garden is extremely hard to locate, and a little underwhelming once you get there. There were, again, no labels that I could find. So none of my attempts at ID can really go any further than the genus. This of course is a eucalyptus.

Dried up banksia (?)

Still cool, but I think I'd prefer it alive.

Grevillea, maybe G. 'pink pearl'



An acacia, I believe.


Brachychiton (bottle tree)


And so this is: THE END. Well, of this post. We still have the Desert Garden (different from the Old Cactus Garden) and the Zoo to see (soon).

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