Monday, August 13, 2012

Connect the orange dots...

I walked into the back garden the other morning and broke out laughing. The flowers on the two dark leafed Cannas had opened and I was confronted with a collection of orange dots!

They coordinate so well with the circle pot that it almost looks like I planned it.

The truth is I just wanted big dark leaves. I paid no attention to what color the flowers were going to be.

This is a habit with me, buying plants for the foliage and not even looking at the flower color. Usually it results in a horrible combination, when and if the flowers appear. This time I got lucky!

Here’s another happy coincidence…I just happened to put this Colocasia where the late afternoon sun hits its leaves and lights them up.

Couldn’t have planned it better.

Last winter I was undecided on whether or not Wire Vine (Muehlenbeckia axillaris) was something I wanted to include in my garden. By the time I got around to planting the backyard Rhody area I’d bought 3 of them…and I’m glad I did! Especially since they’ve grown to form a sea around the Blue Senecio …

Speaking of (the Blue Senecio) I’m definitely going to overwinter these again as cuttings. They’ve been growing nonstop since I stuck them in the ground last spring…so easy!

Also growing like mad is the Kalanchoe.

And it’s showing why it’s called “mother of thousands”…

Andrew asked if I was afraid it might start multiplying in the garden, no, not a chance. Winter will take care of any babies that fall to the ground and I’ll once again cut off the main stem, bring them inside and let them live on the windowsill for the cold months.

Until then…life is good, it’s summer in the garden…

29 comments:

  1. Of course you planned it. Don't deny your inner designer, Loree!

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    1. Heck if I can design sub-consciously I could be rich! (right?)

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  2. I love those happy coincidences! I think I bought that Kalanchoe too this year, I have it outside in a pot. So each of those little frills on the tip is another plant? When in the spring did you put the Senecio in the ground? I wonder if mine would do well in the ground too? Right now I have them in mixed succulent containers.

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    1. Yep...each one of those little frills could become a plant. Imagine what that means in it's natural environment! I put the Senecio out around the beginning of May, then for no other reason than that's when I finally got around to planting that area. I'm sure it could have been done much earlier. Do you plan to over winter your containers indoors or out? If the rest of the plants are cold hardy then just cut off some Senecio and bring it in. Let the end callus over and then stick it in some soil. In the spring plant it back out (I use a chop stick to make a hole in the ground and wiggle it in, not caring if I break the roots cuz they'll grow back).

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  3. WICKED! I love how that garden bed looks!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. I think you have a magic way with plants.

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  5. I love your cannas!!!!! Yes, life is great in the summer garden. So good in fact that the summer garden tricks me into thinking there will never be winter or cold or torrents of rain ever again! It's a blissful state of delusion I am coaxed into each and every year.

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    1. Yesterday as I watered again (because it's HOT here! 94 yesterday, 90 today and 99 predicted for Thursday!) I was daydreaming about what it would be like to not have a dormant season. To have everything alive and growing 12 mos out of the year. In some ways it sounds like such a dream...I think it's a future "rambling thoughts" blog post.

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    2. Amazing warm weather eh?!? I love it. And I love rambling thoughts. I suppose from one rambler to another.

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  6. Orange is such a 'HOT' colour, a zing of summery colour that looks great especially in an exotic garden like yours. Wouldn't mind having a bit more orange in our garden too. You got that right indeed :)

    And don't forget the orange succulent pots in your first photo too! They're part of the dots!

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    1. Best of all it's both HOT as in temperature hot, and HOT as in "in" stylishly, at least here. You called my garden "exotic"...wow, what a compliment!

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  7. Love it! Those kind of serendipitous combinations are one of my favorite things about gardening. That Kalanchoe is just great.

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    1. And as Scott says below they make up for those "other" times!

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  8. Haha..it's funny how sometimes things have a way of working out perfectly...makes up for all the times it doesn't!

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    1. I suppose you're right there. Or maybe "almost" makes up for it...

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  9. I loved an interview with a gardener known for her color sense. When asked, she said "I just plant what I like and it all seems to work out." Love the way yours is working out.

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    1. Thank you ricki, I was actually thinking the other day how lucky I am that most of my plants play well together since I just buy what I love rather than having any over-all grand plan.

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    1. Merci! (and I can't wait to see what you guys are up to on your vacation...looks very interesting!)

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  11. Obviously you are a genius at design. Just look at the dark colored wall behind the planting. Brilliant!

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  12. I took some cuttings of blue senecio myself the other day, a job I love doing as the sap smells so good! A fresh, astringent smell a little like eucalyptus or tea tree oil.

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    1. I have never smelled anything when taking Senecio cuttings, of course now I need to go out there and break off a piece just to sniff it.

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  13. What a lovely surprise. Your garden is just gorgeous...even if I am a little partial to that Circle Pot. I'm always inspired.

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  14. Very nice color combo with the cannas and the pots.

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  15. Wonderful coincidences. They all worked out for you. And, yes, I did initially think that you had it all planned out.

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