Showing posts from 2021

Garden Bloggers Bloomday-Beware the Ides of August

   August has always been one of my least favorite months in the garden. Heat, spider mites, rust and mildew.  This year it's been 6 months since our last rain, and though we are summer-dry and accustomed to months of drought this year our rainfall totals were paltry and ended a good two months earlier than usual. Still, there are blooms to be had , vine ripe tomatoes to be picked and our beautiful fall season to look forward to. Be sure to stop by and see our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens for more August flowers. Aster 'Purple Dome' This is Pelargonium 'Pinki Pinks' which has been blooming for months and has great foliage to boot. Bronze Fennel. It's been several years since I grew this and never experienced the prolific reseeding that some speak of. Hopefully that continues to be the case. Sombreuil Origanum dictamnus aka 'Dittany of Crete' , is my favorite of the ornamental Oreganos. The Dahlias were slow this summer and fully half of my tuber

Bloom Day for June 2021

 The 15th of June this year is not only Bloomday , but the day that California rolls back many of the restrictions we have been living with since round about March Bloomday of 2020. I surely never imagined what a long road this pandemic has turned out to be.  The downside is that my days of working from home are numbered -I  am pretty sure we will be full up again at the office in a few weeks. But lets get on with the flower action-a small selection of what is blooming in my garden this month . All Lavenders are in full bloom. I only have 4 this year-so many varietals and so inexpensive and readily available I change them out every 3 years or so before they get too woody.   This Asclepias speciosa from Annies has a long history-bought it in a 4" pot and the original plant died rather quickly, but not completely. I have had it coming up here and there for several years -most are pulled and a couple are kept to see if they might actually either attract some monarchs or bloom. And th

May at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

  My four day holiday weekend extension provided a free morning to go on an outing to Walnut Creek . I had a full roster of chores and projects which even included actual indoor housework -something I always manage to avoid in spring. 'Spring Cleaning' around here means sweeping the patio.    It was quite windy , which has been very common this spring and I tried to get photos between gusts. Fortunately succulents do not blow around much , but everything else was.  Just inside the entry this Agave (horrida?) was engulfed by Mimulus auracantia .  Lots of Agaves in bloom . Kind of sad -this Agave ovatifolia is the anchor pant of this intersection of paths.  Had to get this one from more than one angle. These Agave franzosinii have been in the garden a very long time indeed.                                                                   Romneya coulteri. Eriogonum giganteum St Catherines Lace -there are several of these Channel Island native buckwheats throughout the garden and