Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - May 2019

The possibility of rain is on the agenda  in the next few days , so it was good to get some photos of the roses while they still look good. I welcome the rain  even if it turns some roses into  blobs. Hopefully it's enough precip to allow  me to skip watering chores on the upcoming weekend, and the forecast is promising in that regard. Whatever the rainfall numbers this could easily be the end of it until fall. Of course it means more weeds-always a trade-off.

 Bloomday is hosted by Carol over yonder at May Dreams Gardens ; be sure to visit to seek out more floral action .

 Passiflora 'Blue Horizon' has exceeded expectations after failing to die back over winter. It's moving steadily into this NOID bush Fuchsia (that also stayed green all winter) and might be headed for the Birch adjacent to my front porch. Diligent observation and and possible intervention is called for. 

 This has been the very best year ever for Madame Isaac Peiere , a bourbon rose from 1881. The…

April Visit to the Taft Garden

The Taft Garden has been on the punch list since our friend Denise posted about her visit in 2014. It took me just about 5 years to make this happen even though I have been to that area almost every year since then. I think the relative low profile of the garden just caused it to drop off my radar. The intrigue surrounding getting in back in those days made me feel as though I needed to either 'know someone' or be a member of one of the horticultural  societys that were occasionally invited to tour . Apparently the Taft  Foundation has made peace with the neighbors , for now there is a website where one can request an appointment. Visit was duly scheduled and the map charting the non-GPS supported route arrived in my in-box. The road in is a bit sketchy the first time, partially from loosing the skill of reading a map and safely driving at the same time. Fortunately the map was excellent and there is little to no traffic - if you have to stop in the middle of the road to cons…

In a Vase on Monday May 6 2019

I continue to experiment with the photo location. And the arrangement has a couple experiments as well. I have never used stems from my collection of scented Pelargoniums, nor can I recall ever using Heuchera foliage. It will be interesting to see if these hold up.Last weeks Rose extravaganza lasted way longer than I expected it to so maybe this one will exceed my expectations as well.

 The Pelargoniaum is  P. 'Attar of Roses' which I acquired last year on a road trip to Southern California. Highly recommended !

I also included unopened budded stems from the  polyantha rose 'Gourmet Popcorn' ,a few sprigs of Sideritas Cypria, and the umbel is Cenolophium denudatum..

Don't know which Huechera this is, and frankly who can keep track of the seemingly  endless new cultivars that seem to be rolled out every year.I have 6 of this one, whatever it is and if it passes the vase life test I'll be using it often .

 The vase is vintage McCoy.

 Be sure to stop by Rambli…

I Went to the Zoo

It's been very many years since I have visited a zoo, and I couldn't even tell you which zoo it might have been, but I had heard anecdotal  information  that suggested the Santa Barbara Zoo had good landscaping with excellent plants  and was worthy of a visit . I'm always up for  some plant viewing so I  added the zoo  to my road trip agenda. A bit of googling revealed that this particular zoo is well regarded, is small, provides naturalistic settings for the animals and it was only ten minutes from my hotel .

  There were a lot, really a lot,  of children there, and the facility had numerous family-friendly features including a large park like play area , picnic areas, Giraffe feeding and a zoo train among other attractions.  Because I am notoriously child-phobic I spent quite a bit of time positioning myself  as far away as possible from the hordes. If I were to visit again , it would be very early spring, on a weekday, right at opening.

 This entire post will feature…