Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Blooms in September...

Last weekend I did something that would have been completely normal at any other time in my life—that is took a little road trip up to the Seattle area to visit friends and gardens. However I am completely out of practice when it comes to travel! Five days away, with three different overnight locations, was a significant disrupter to my equilibrium. Thus this month's Bloomday snuck up on me, I've scrambled to get photos taken, edited and uploaded, but here we are...

I'd forgotten that I planted these Cyclamen hederifolium 'Xera's Sterling' last fall, their blooms were an unexpected surprise when I returned home on Monday...

The front garden bougainvillea are also blooming again...yay!

Walking into the back garden I discovered quite a few Passiflora 'Snow Queen' blooms had opened...


As well as a few Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel', this one has been on a significant bloom strike since our June heat wave.

Just one small flower on the back garden's Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum.

The Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’ flowers look nice against the foliage of the variegated Daphniphyllum macropodum.

Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'  

There is just one small bloom cluster on my Aralia cordata 'Sun King'. I've been growing this plant in a container, because when I bought it I didn't have a place in the ground for it. I do now I and I plan to finally plant it out in the spring, it's going to be so happy!

That damn begonia—Begonia semperflorens ‘Harmony Plus White'—just keeps blooming, 

Thalictrum ichangense 'Evening Star', also keeping on with the blooming. I think this one is about three months in.

Chasmanthium latifolium, aka northern sea oats and about a million other common names...

Last month I shared some of my other Nepenthes alata pitchers, because they're as colorful as blooms, so I thought I would share the pitchers on this plant for September.

Just below them is a blooming NOID tillandsia.

Paris polyphylla [Heronswood Form]

Way way way up high, Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart' is still doing it's thing.

And we'll back out of the back garden looking at the aralia, first up the tiny blooms of Schefflera brevipedunculata...

Metapanax delavayi 

And a group shot with Schefflera delavayi in the starring role, up front. 

That's it for my September blooms! It's been a hot and dry summer and the garden is tired. I could go on for another month or two but things are starting to show signs of turning to fall. We've got rain in the forecast for the weekend (everyone but me is excited about that) and the sunlight is no longer at it's summer angle. I'm trying to deal with the change gracefully...

For more blogger's blooms visit May Dreams Gardens, our charming hostess for this floral extravaganza!

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Spiky plant tats to commemorate and celebrate

I have no tattoos. I appreciate good ones on other people, but have never felt the need to get one myself. That said, back in July I became obsessed with the idea of an agave tattoo. Not a permanent tattoo, but rather a temporary one to "decorate" my surgery scar. Sort of a recognition of what I'd been through and celebrating my beginning to walk again. The day I got the go-ahead to start weight-bearing was my birthday, how better to mark the freedom of an ankle uncovered? 

I searched online offerings and finally ordered this set. Granted there are things I didn't want (ants!?) but that agave was one of the best I found and with a bonus saguaro and a price of only $6.40 for the whole set it was a bargain.


I'd ordered them without thinking to tell Andrew about my obsession, and so was quite surprised when he gave me this embellished birthday card. Frida sports several tattoos custom-inked by my husband, one of which was an agave rather similar to the one I'd just ordered! (ignore that number on her neck, it's meaningless...)

Unfortunately my birthday didn't provide the opportunity to try out my tattoos. I was still wearing the walking boot or a corset-like ankle brace. It wasn't until mid-August that I had the chance to use the saguaro tattoo. It hid the surgery scar quite well don't you think? (and yes, my ankle was still very swollen)

Just last week I finally had a reason to try out the agave... I thought it was great fun (ankle still swollen, but not as bad). 

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Friday, September 10, 2021

A couple of late summer garden vignettes

Today's post consists of two vignettes I appreciated while doing a deep watering last weekend. I spoil my bromeliads, ferns, epiphytes and carnivorous plants, but everything else gets by on a tough love regimen. Talking recently with a friend about my arctostaphylos he said something like "well if you gave them more water..." so I guess word has gotten out. My plants are not pampered. 

This vignette is at the front of our east-facing house, to the right of the front door. That black daphne is such a rare and gorgeous plant that it actually does get a generous drink weekly, I suppose the surrounding plants appreciate the extra water as well.

Word is that Amsonia hubrichtii likes regular water, so no doubt mine would appreciate a little more moisture, but it makes due. I love the seed pods that form this time of year, just before the bright green begins to turn to gold, and then a slightly more fiery color before eventually falling to the ground.

Powder blue and dark purple are always a winning combination.

Especially when the powder blue has a thin pink edge—Euphorbia rigida is a strong supporting character.

I continue to be thrilled and amazed by this small patch of Bommeria hispida, a desert fern that likes life at the base of an agave.

That brings us to the biggest personality of all, the Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue' on the far right. They all work so well together.

Now we venture to the back garden and the plants sunk into the top of the table under the shade pavilion.

The day I spent watering I took a lunch break in this spot, that's when I noticed the great shadow-play.

The fern is my much loved Asplenium trichomanes, the small succulent in the bottom right hand corner is a Euphorbia caput-medusae and unfortunately I don't know the name of the red spiked cactus on the left, I bought them unlabeled.


I'm so glad we thought to have holes cut into the custom fabricated table-top. I've had great fun figuring out what plants and planters I can fill them with.


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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

It's a small crevice garden, in spirit

It's interesting to me how you can look at something for years, without really seeing it. Then one day, suddenly, your eyes clear and you wonder how you—FOR YEARS—didn't really see...

That mossy rock above, and below, is what I'm currently looking at, and really seeing. It annoys me.

Several years ago a longtime neighbor moved into a housing situation where she wasn't able to take many garden "things" with her, including this rock that she'd hauled around previously from home to home. So she gave it to me. She brought it over and we dropped it right there, and that's where it's stayed, for years. YEARS. I liked it, I brought home those three smaller rocks and dropped them there, thinking they all belonged together. It was pretty uninspired, right?

Wrong.

So fast forward to when this image popped up on the Hardy Fern Foundation's Instagram page, I think actually it may have been in their "stories", because I can't find it now. Anyway, that's an Asplenium trichomanes growing out of a vertical rock surface. I happened to have a couple of Asplenium trichomanes kicking around...


...the wheels started to turn. I gathered some other rocks from around the garden...

And then things got serious. What I was planning was essentially a mini-crevice garden. The soil here is so compact and full of tree roots that I can't easily plant in it, so I was thinking of planting on it and hoping that over time the roots of the plants would be able to work into the soil underneath. But I couldn't use just Asplenium trichomanes. I mean as fabulous as it is I obviously needed a feature fern. And it just so happened that I had two very fancy and expensive pyrrosia hidden in my oblong stock tank. Don't bother looking because there's no chance you'll find them.

Here they are, Pyrrosia lingua 'Hiryu'...

And Pyrrosia lingua 'Kei Kan'. I need to liberate both of them, but in our current dry and hot conditions I went with 'Kei Kan' because it was easier to lift. I'll return to  'Hiryu' another time.

So, time to build! Of course it bothered me that my large rocks were so different. One round, one angular, and one midrange and darker in color. I have hope that eventually more moss will grow to cover them and make them more similar than different. 


I moved the gravel mulch away from the rocks and dug down so their edges were in contact with, or beneath the surrounding soil.

Then all the ferns were pressed into the cracks with more soil added and worked in around the rocks.


Once I added as much soil as possible, I then top dressed everything with moss.

Moss makes everything better.

Here's a landscape image to give you perspective on where this small planting is. Follow the short pathway between the garage (brown structure) and the magnolia trunk and it's just to the left of the second large concrete paver.

To the bottom right of the stock tank on the left.

Here...

Please be sure to admire the large container of Pyrrosia lingua 'Cristata' on the left, above. Former Hardy Plant Society board member and all around kind person Shari MacDonald gave me a large pot of Pyrrosia lingua 'Cristata' which I divided and still had that large clump to pot up. It's magic!

Anyway, back to the new "crevice" planting. Truth be told I wonder how much this image from Kenton Seth might have influenced my creating this small planting? Obviously his is on an entirely different scale. But they're both a rock planting on the ground level, hugging the side of a large container. I dunno, maybe I flatter myself. Or maybe it's a case of inspiration percolating.

Either way I am happy with the look of the thing.

Moss, rocks, ferns... three of my favorite things!

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