Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Gypsophila aretioides

Gypsophila aretioides is one of those cushiony plants I love, but I'm smart enough to know I probably wouldn't have success with. Why? How about this description from the Missouri Botanical Garden: "Easily grown in somewhat dry, sandy-gritty, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers alkaline soils (pH7.0 to 7.5). Add lime to acidic soils. Soils must have good drainage. Plants may not survive winter in wet, poorly drained soils. Likes to be left undisturbed once established."

I love that they start off with the word "easy," but then go on to a long list of very specific requirements. Easy for who? Certainly not someone with a winter-wet climate and clay soil, like me.

Other desciptions I read online all reference it's dense, hard feel: "The stems and tiny narrow, grey-green leaves are so closely packed that the plant feels hard to the touch." (source) and "Forms hard creeping cushions with very tiny foliage." (source) and "Gypsophila aretioides is a half-hardy alpine plant, ideal for growing in containers and rockeries, where its closely packed stems and leaves form an almost impenetrable carpet." (source)

Of course all those descriptions only make me want it even more...

Weather Diary, June 17: Hi 81, Low 58/ Precip none

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Monday, June 17, 2019

All you're missing is a banana tree...

Twice in the same week I had garden visitors look around the back garden and declare "all you're missing is a banana tree!" Both times we were standing about here, in front of the chocolate Albizia julibrissin.

So I moved slightly to the right, laughed, and pointed back there...

At my Musa basjoo.

It's hardly an impressive specimen—crammed up against the house and screened off by other plantings—and it's really only visible as you enter the garden.

But it's there, none-the-less. Soldiering on.

What are the chances that two different people (both men, if that matters) would—in the same week—look around my garden and feel the absence of a banana tree? Interesting.

On an unrelated note I planted a Clematis 'Polish Spirit' at the banana's base. So far there are no buds, but the vine is growing.

Won't big purple flowers look lovely against those large green leaves?

Weather Diary, June 16: Hi 82, Low 54/ Precip none

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Friday, June 14, 2019

June's Bloomday for 2019

I'm a blogging rebel; Garden Blogger's Bloomday isn't until tomorrow, June 15th, but I'm posting today. What can I say...

July is usually yucca month in my garden, but the warmth this week is pushing them ahead, I took these photos a couple days ago and they've progressed beyond this stage, they may not hold on until July's bloomday. Here's Y. 'Color Guard'...

And plain old Y. filamentosa.

The yellow button blooms of Santolina chamaecyparissus echo the Callistemon sieberi flowers behind.

Callistemon sieberi

The blue of Parahebe perfoliata always catches me by surprise.

Verbascum blattaria

There are three large, woolly, verbascum sending up bloomspikes in the front garden. I think this one is V. olympicum, although I'm not sure as they're all offspring from plants that bloomed long ago.


Amsonia hubrichtii

Indigofera amblyantha

There are going to be so many Acca sellowiana (pineapple guava) flowers this year!

Grevillea rivularis

Echium russicum

Moving into the back garden...just one flower is open on the Clematis recta 'Purpurea Select'.

Callistemon viridiflorus, I love this yellow/green color, and there are so many flowers on the plant this year.

Lomatia tinctoria, resting on a nearby Yucca aloifolia.

NOID Sempervivum

NOID Saxifraga (so many Saxifraga flowers this year...).

Magnolia macrophylla, and photos can be deceiving, these flowers are more than 20" across.

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Paisley'

Grevillea juniperina ‘Molonglo’

Paris polyphylla - Heronswood form

Alchemilla mollis, at the bottom edge of the photo. I liked all these shapes and shades and thought this photo was more interesting than including just a close-up.

Clematis repens 'Bells of Emei Shan'

Thalictrum 'Evening Star'

All the other podophyllum have finished blooming, but P. 'Spotty Dotty' is still going.

Lupinus sericatus

A white sarracenia flower with a trio of Darlingtonia californica.

And the Darlingtonia are making seeds!

A survey of other sarracenia...

Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'

Bougainvillea 'Moneth' (aka 'Purple Queen')

Euphorbia 'Excalibur'

Iris x robusta ‘Gerald Darby’, in/over the stock tank pond.

And finally the bright and wonderful Grevillea 'Ned Kelly', which is growing in a container. For more Bloomday fun visit our hostess May Dreams Gardens.

Weather Diary, June 13 Hi 87, Lo 57/ Precip none

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

A hanging succulent display, and thoughts on garden touring

We return to Santa Barbara and enjoy an up-close look at this succulent display...

Instead of a tile mosaic, or painting, tucked into the niche above a water basin these homeowners display a bit of succulent artwork.

It's precisely these kinds of discoveries—touches unique to garden and it's location—that make garden touring so rewarding.

On the eve of two large multi-garden tours I will be taking part in this month, I'm anticipating all sorts of wonderful surprises, new plant crushes, and ideas I will need to try out in my own garden.

I'm also reminded of a conversation I recently had with a neighbor. I'd warned him a group of 50 or so people were set to descend upon my garden the next day. He was a little confused.

Q. Why are they coming?
A. To look at my garden.
Q. Do you have some sort of rare plants?
A. I suppose a few unusual ones.
Q. What will will they do?
A. Look at my garden, ask questions, write down plant names, take photos.

His expression told me I hadn't done an adequate job of explaining. Some people watch sports, some people play video games, some people collect stamps. Other people tour gardens. Life is good.

Weather Diary, June 12: Hi 98 (a new record for the day), Low 68/ Precip 0

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