Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bloomday August 2015

  An inch or two of rain would be welcome now-smokey skies, dry dry soil, and that dull patina on plants that have seen no water from overhead for many months. Still the garden grows and flowers bloom in their restrained late summer way.

 The Erygium is 'Jos Eijking'  and is growing and blooming splendidly . Unfortunately pronouncing 'Eijking' is beyond my language skills. It's Jos for short.




 A seedling Verbena hastata ...damn it's cute !


The Lantana here is one of the few plants that continues it's exuberance..a trio live on the hell strip and require frequent trimming to prevent pedestrian obstruction. They receive only occasional water.


 Passiflora loefgrenii caerulea..this plant is being carefully monitored. It is exceedingly happy. But look how cool it is! Do you think the neighbors would really mind if it took over their house ? Maybe I should do my entire garden in Passion Vine and Lantana.


 Getting a photo of Pelargoniun schiztopetalum is a challenge. This year for the first time it bloomed twice, a fleeting event both times.

 Caryopteris incanum


Erygium yuccafolium.



This unnamed seedling Sanguisorba from Far Reaches Farm is one of my favorites. The pink is fading now, but the plant remains upright and the foliage looks pretty decent .


My new Sedum crush, S. 'Cherry Tart'--I bought 4 and have taken cuttings as well. It's really about the foliage with this one, but the flowers are nice too.

 This dwarf Buddliea has been blooming since spring with some modest deadheading.


 No flowers open yet, the the blooming of Crassula falcata is always one of my favorite flower events of the year..

 Thanks to Carol at May Dreams who monthly hosts the blooms from around the globe...

21 comments:

  1. A garden blanketed in passionflower and Lantana sounds delightful to me. My own Lantana put on a plodding performance, although I see masses of it grown in local roadway medians so I must be doing something wrong. I LOVE that Pelargonium schizopetalum! I've already earmarked it as a plant I want to try mail-ordering this fall.

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    1. Kris, I Lived up here in Norcal for 20 years before I could bear to plant a Lantana-another of those ubiquitous LA plants that just seemed too common. The Pelargonium s. was purchased from Robin Parer and the SF Garden Show. She has a booth every year there and I always make a point to buy at least one plant from her-usually more ! Just be advised the blooms are sparse and only last a few days !

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  2. I had no idea Lantanas are so drought tolerant. I guess that's one thing that's good about a drought - you learn who the real rock stars are. I'm continuously astounded as to how drought tolerant Heucheras are. As long as they are kept out of the sun, they really don't complain much. I'm with Kris on that Pelargonium - it is WAY cool!

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    1. Anna, as long as they aren't in a container my Lantanas get watered maybe once a month in summer. They are all established plants at this point. They die down to woody sticks in winter - but so far they always come back, though the variegated guy is reverting.

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  3. Eine Blüte hübscher als die andere.
    LG lykka

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  4. Oh that image of the Lantana and Euphorbia, excellent combo! We've been teased with talk of rain for a week now. Finally on Friday a little bit fell, and I do mean a little bit, I think the official report was a tenth of inch.

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    1. Right about now I don't care if it isn't measurable, I'd just like to have the damn smoke washed away !

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  5. that is a cheerful report on your sanguisorba in August. And everyone seems to grow that eryngo but me. The plant order list for fall lengthens...

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    1. Jos is by far the best Eryngium performer I've had thus far. Planted this spring from a liner and already in bloom ! I am performing an experiment with the floppy Sanguisorbas..the 'August Chop' !

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  6. Your usual stellar photography. What an exquisite Pelargonium. Fleeting or not, it gave a beautiful photo (that doesn't need to be watered). Keep on keeping on until the rains arrive. The smoke must be awful.

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    1. I fear we will be enveloped in smoke til the 1st rains arrive.

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  7. In the face of adversity, the garden remains resilient.

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  8. We got quite a bit of rain last week and the soil is moist again at least for now. Your pelargonium is new to me and very interesting looking. Too bad it's bloom time is so brief!

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    1. It's a nerdy collector plant Peter..because I'm a nerdy collector !

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  9. Your photos belie the lack of rain. As I type this thunder and lightening are teasing me with a promise of moist soil.

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    1. The benefit of living east of the Rockies..summer rain !

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  10. So much to see!! How much do you water your passiflora?

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    1. Once a week Gerhard, which is my schedule for almost everything that isn't in a container or in the shade. It seemed fine with that, I never noticed it wilting.

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    2. That's good to know. I'm on a once a week routine as well.

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