Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
So I was very pleased to look up along the border yesterday and catch a glimpse of the desired effect. This was possible because Salvia reptans has just begun blooming: its flowers are such a brilliant blue that they show up from a distance despite their miniscule size.
Leucophyllum frutescens is once more in bloom thanks to recent rains and occasional humidity.
Having said which, I will be quiet about the whole fiasco for a bit, merely adding that this Monday Vase post is, as always, linked with Cathy's wonderful meme at Rambling in the Garden.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Enough to tumble over the edge of the bowl just a little...
And a special thank you, as always, to Cathy for hosting the Monday Vase meme!
Friday, September 18, 2015
A couple of plants have been duly installed in the South Border in the wake (sorry, I had to make the pun) of my poor Chrysactinia mexicana, which proves to have a reputation for not transplanting well. Aside from the loss of a much-loved plant which I hope to replace shortly, I am happy with the way things are shaping up. But, as I say, I have been dawdling in the garden.
So today I planted Harry Butterfield in a fit of relaxation. I am by no means sure that he would survive conditions in the open garden, so an available shallow pot was used. Harry is a Sedeveria, a Sedum x Echeveria cross: promising, as another such cross produced the wonderful variety "Sorrento". As you can see, Harry came in quadruplet form.
Hopefully, I will soon have more holes dug and plants planted; but in the meantime it's pleasant to think that I got something valuable done in the garden today...
By the way, WordPress still apparently believes I am a spammer, so to my WP friends - please bear with my invisibility (and do occasionally look for remarks in your spam boxes!).
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The something old was a good handful of stems from Russelia equisetiformis, which apparently blooms indefinitely!
Something new is the orange-scarlet trumpets of Hamelia patens, one of my shrubs-in-waiting. Known commonly as Firebush, it is expected to reach approximately 6 ft (1.8 m) in height and, I suppose, spread. This is my first deliberate purchase for the new North Border. The leaves are lovely as well as the flowers, and the foliage is said to exhibit some colour change for autumn - a fairly unusual feature in this mild-winter climate!
Something blue - or very nearly - is the bell-trumpets of Leucophyllum. It bloomed massively again a few days ago, but most of the flowers are now on the ground following a brief but heavy rain. The foliage alone is a worthy addition to a vase, and I was happy to still be able to include a few of the blossoms.
The other components were both from foliage plants as well: a couple of sprigs of sweet basil and a spray from Artemisia "Powis Castle", which helped to bulk up the bouquet as well as adding a nice range of leaf colours.
All went together into my favourite earthenware bottle, one I made last year. It has a narrow mouth but is big enough to hold a little more material than I usually have available.
So many desert-adapted plants have tiny leaves (other than the succulents, which I haven't used much yet), that it was quite a treat to work with the big leaves of the Hamelia. It's unlike anything else in this garden, reminding me of more temperate climate shrubs. I need to see where it is from originally, but I understand it has come into common use across Texas, which is often a fair recommendation for trial here in the case of shrubs and perennials.
Linking rather late with Cathy's meme at Rambling in the Garden, where I hope to look over the other participating posts tomorrow... or rather, later today as we just passed midnight here...
By the way, I have had difficulties commenting on posts lately. I leave comments only to see them disappear when I thought they were posted! I know this is happening on WordPress sites - I haven't had a chance to check more closely. But please be aware that I am more silent than absent, having enjoyed more than one post from friends and then finding myself unable to comment!
In any case, Happy Monday!
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