Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers BloomDay August 2017

 August is typically one of my least favorite months in the garden , featuring among other things the toll of months of no rain and chronic  flopping behavior. I must say that this August is really not too bad compared with past versions of this month. I wish I could state that clever planting schemes and meticulous maintenance by the gardener were at play here but I think it's just dumb luck.
 I don't have many photos share , having had a bit of a malfunction when taking them .Operator error I might add.

 I believe this to be Sedum 'Bertram Anderson' . I accidentally planted it with Artemesia 'Valerie Finnis (accidental because she was cut down to the ground at he time and I forgot she was there) and what a fine pairing they make.

I was sure this white Lantana was done-for after this winter-it took forever to come back and  it's still quite small.

 I only got photos of 2 of the Fuchsias but I have several blooming now, most of them added this year. I confess I love them in spite of the water needs and heat-protection coddleing they require here . They are the most significant plant of my childhood , and I can only imagine how many I would have if I lived closer to the coast.

Clematis 'Arabella' will bloom well into October. I experimented with a mid-season pruning last month to rid her of some unsightly brown leaves.  So far I don't see much in the way of revival . In spite of the crummy foliage the blooming continues..

C. Rooguchi, a BloomDay regular.

A front garden combo along the path, Rozanne and this nice little yellow flower for which I have recurring plant amnesia. I can never remember it's damn name .

Eryngiums are slowing down , but they have certainly pulled their weight around here this summer.

And this is Caryopteris 'Hint of Gold' hands down  the best cultivar of the genus that I have ever grown.  I'm hoping to acquire a couple more.

Be sure to stop by May Dreams Gardens to find links to many more August bloom-fests.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ruth Bancroft Garden Tour 2017

 I've taken advantage of numerous events that are designated for members of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, most being early entry to plant sales or photography workshops. Last weekend members were offered the opportunity to visit four succulent-centric gardens in the areas surrounding RBG. I was happy to see that in 2018 there will be a similar tour offered.

 The garden I am sharing today has been previously posted by Gerhard at Succulents and More , a fellow RBG member and blogger. His stamina was impressive considering that he had recently returned from a lengthy  trip to Europe and seemed none worse the wear. Gerhard posted about this garden and as is often the case he has shared much more detail than I . Be sure to visit his blog to learn more, and see wide views of this garden.
 This was the smallest garden of the day but packed with interest. It was located in a 70's era neighborhood of small houses and narrow streets , most of which had lawn and a few shrubs . This corner lot featured a splendid mixture of cactus, succulents and xeric plants.


I'm on a mission to acquire 2  Yucca 'Bright Star' to flank a pathway in my back garden. This has proven to be a challenge. I will not be defeated.

If you are in Northern California, please consider lending your support to the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Members receive  benefits that are well worth the price and we gardeners are the mainstay of public gardens in our region . It is gratifying to help gardens that we visit and enjoy. It is in our interest to make sure these gardens succeed and grow.