Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday Vignette

This week's Wednesday Vignette is a photo of a bloom that I intended to include in last week's Bloom Day post, but I forgot that I had taken it. So, it has become fodder for this week's vignette.

Rosa glauca

Rosa glauca is the only rose that grows in my garden. For the most part they're just too fussy for me. I like this simple, undemanding rose with its bluish leaves. I do have Rosa sericea pteracantha, the wingthorn rose, languishing in a pot, still waiting for me to dig a hole for it, so one day, maybe this year, I'll have two roses growing in my garden.

Anna at Flutter and Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette. You can see her current post here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and a Series of Wednesday Vignettes

For both Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and Wednesday Vignette, which this week fall on the same day, I offer both a smattering of current blooms and a series of vignettes. Many months, bloggers, me included, use Bloom Day to catalog what blooms when, to contrast and compare what is blooming this year with what has bloomed in past years. Of course, neurotic person that I am, I worry that can too often deteriorate into a tediously long post full of boring pictures that have appeared over and over.

So, here you go. Hopefully, you won't be bored.

One of these is Woodlander's Hardy, but I don't know if it's this one...

Or this one...

When I redid the front garden, I added lots of lilies with this color scheme, but I promptly forgot all their names

I need more species milkweed

Lobelia tupa is so alien, it looks like a painting of a flower

Himalayan honeysuckle

Tradescantia 'Bilberry Ice'

Cupid's Dart

Alstroemeria and bug with color-matched thorax

Volunteer foxglove

Eremurus -- note the bottom of the bloom, burnt to a crisp after our recent heat wave

Anna at Flutter and Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette. Check out today's post here.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Check out her post here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wednesday Vignette -- Procrastination Pays Off...A Year Later

Last year I bought a couple of annual poppies to plant in the front garden..somewhere. I never did get around to it, and I left them in a holding spot near the greenhouse door, where they flowered and went to seed.

As a result, this year I get to admire their one and only progeny, which is thriving in the gravel, amongst the pots where I am once again gathering things I plan to plant out...somewhere.

I don't remember its name -- I think I'll just call it 'Long Tall Drink of Water'
Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum on Wednesdays of every week. Check out her post here.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Monday Miscellany

Happy Memorial Day!

Here are some miscellaneous recent pictures of my garden.

View of the front garden -- only 2 years ago this was a large expanse of grass that sloped up to the street

One corner of the front garden recycled concrete wall

Thrift store glass plate flower with cloisonne butterfly

Achillea 'Moonshine'

Hebe 'Quicksilver' with Sedum 'Angelina'


Euphorbia self-sown into gravel


Iochroma 'Ashcott Red'

Clematis flowers winding through purple smoke bush foliage

Arbutus unedo compacta leaves in low late afternoon sun
Tetrapanax leaf
Hardy Geranium

Patch of multi-colored self-sown Nigella damascena

Pink California poppy

Blue Flax

Peonies laying down on the job

Erysimum, Pacific Coast Iris, California poppies, and way in back, out of focus, Persian cornflower


Kniphofia blooming already (I think of them as hot summer flowers)

Ditto lilies

Thursday, May 19, 2016

EPCOT's Cactus Road Rally

I just realized I never did get around to sharing my pictures of the Cactus Road Rally Garden at EPCOT, from our trip there last month. This display garden from the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival impressed me with its fabulous specimen plants -- not all cactus, but many succulents as well as some pretty trippy Euphorbias (which are South Africa's ecological equivalent of our American Southwest's cactuses). The big difference -- and it's a big one -- is that true cactus are edible and filled with water, but Euphorbia is poisonous, and filled with a caustic latex-like sap.

Chaotic mix of Aloes, Agaves and Yuccas

Loved those enormous variegated cactus

Opuntia monacantha variegata/Joseph's Coat cactus

Another of the same, in a huge pot

Loved this combo of Agave attenuata with Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart' and mother-in-law's tongue

Agave attenuata with bright pink Dianthus and a sea of lime green Sedum

That same sedum with Graptoveria(?)

Fabulously large and thick Euphorbia 'Sticks on Fire'

That same lime green Sedum with metallic Dyckia 'Nickel Silver'

Variegated cactus, more mother-in-law's tongue, and Yucca elephantipes (which will one day be really huge and tree-like)

Bunny Ear Cactus/Opuntia microdasys

Eve's Needle cactus/Austrocylindropuntia subulata

Bulbine, Kalanchoe and Yucca

A pretty succulent patchwork

Pachypodiums which may or may not be alive
Flame of Jamaica/Euphorbia punicea

Silver Thicket/Euphorbia stenoclada

Cow's Horn Euphorbia/Euphorbia grandicornis

With that, I'm finally finished posting the photos from my trip. I hope you enjoyed them!