And a close-up of Agave 'Baccarat'
To the back garden where × Cryptbergia 'Red Burst' (Aechmea x Billbergia) fills my chartreuse Circle Pot.
Variegated Agave parryi, a gift from Alison (years ago)
My Echinocactus grusonii (aka golden barrel cactus), has a baby! Since it can't grow outwards and create a colony, it has decided to go up. Those berries on the left belong to a Scadoxus puniceus.
Curious color on the Fascicularia bicolor (or maybe Fascicularia pitcairniifolia, I get them confused). It's gotten even redder since I snapped and shared this shot. Usually the red means blooms, but new leaves at the center of the rosette seem to say no.
My latest bromeliad aquisition; Tillandsia secunda from Thicket.
August 21st I was overcome with happiness that I have three tall palms in my garden and shared photos of all three, here my oldest a Trachycarpus fortunei...
Second oldest, third tallest, Trachycarpus wagnerianus.
Third oldest, second tallest, another Trachycarpus wagnerianus. And yes the fronds are a little longer than you'd expect to see on a "waggy"... perhaps because it's in quite a bit of shade (or so I've been told).
Later that same day I got to work and trimmed the old growth on Sammy, our oldest (tallest) Yucca rostrata, further exposing his tall trunk. Naturally I didn't think to take a before photo.
But the "afters" are pretty good.
Cobea scandens blooms! I was confused at first. I mean, I thought I bought a purple bloomer.
It slowly worked towards that...
Orange crocosmia from a friend, no name, but it's pretty fabulous.
A spiky shot taken near the back door, I love the evening light.
My Dioon edule had been hanging onto the same lame leaves for years. I decided it was time to toss it. I cut them off, stuck the pot in the garage and then this happened.
I got to visit the studio and garden of one of my heroes, floral and botanical designer Francoise Weeks—it was just as wonderful as I'd imagined.
I could have spent hours exploring!
We sat and chatted and sipped wine and snacked on tasty things.
The next day it was off to Mt Rainer National Park where I spotted these amazing lichen on a bridge hand-rail.
Skyscraper senecio standing tall and glowing in the August sunshine…
And finally a garden visit to a new acquaintance who gardens in Clackamas, Oregon; @tropicalpdx. He has 100 palms in his garden (!!!) perhaps the most impressive (to me at least) is this ginormous Butia capitata by the front door.
There are also oleander...
And a particularly stunning loquat, Eriobotrya japonica. I took a few more photos of this garden but the light was so strong that day that they didn't turn out very good.
As I publish this post I am still trying to come to terms with the fact it's now September. I want summer to last forever, but even I have to admit it's starting to wind down...
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