Sunday, June 19, 2016

Everlasting Purple

I planted clematis 'Roguchi' a couple years ago at the foot of a Koreanspice viburnum.  It's been a 'subtle' pleasure, one that you had to look for, until this year, when it shot to about 8' feet and covered itself with purple, frilly bells.

OK, so it's still kind of subtle, but it's gorgeous...and at eye level finally.  It goes on for most of the summer.

Above is campanula lasiocarpa, grown from seed by a member of my rock garden club (thanks Susan!).  It's the Energizer Bunny of plants.  It's got a cloud of purple bellflowers dangling in the breeze.  It always reminds me of a swarm of purple bees.

This shot from above shows the extent of the purple haze.  The plant grows out of the lower left corner of the trough.  

In other random news, I unwrapped these two troughs this morning.  It's always rewarding to see them again after a month of being wrapped up for curing.

Finally, my 8-year old son gave me this beautiful monster with a bloodshot eye for Father's Day.  He definitely takes after me.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Random Early Summer Moments

It's officially summer, even though the calendar doesn't agree, as the Asian tiger mosquitos are out in the garden.  They're a real drag from now until first frost.  The garden is looking great though, with tons of roses and peonies blooming through the rainstorms.  My friend used to call this period 'the second spring' in the garden. 

Above is dracocephalum argunense Fuji 'Blue'.  

This sedum cauticola has self-seeded into the texture of the hypertufa trough; there's no hole for those little guys low down on the wall.

dianthus pontederae 'Rachel'

This variegated yucca is imitating a goose prior to blooming.

The trough-bound dwarf golden threadbranch cypress is making cones.  How cute!

Monday, May 30, 2016

July in May

 After weeks of cool spring weather, we got hit with five humid days near or above ninety.  Predictably, lots of things didn't handle it well, including me.  Some superstar plants shrugged off the weather and went about their business.  Above and below is dianthus 'Tatra Fragrance'.


Dianthus gratianoplitanus 'Tiny Rubies'

Saponaria pumilo

Helianthemum 'Wisley Primrose'

Gypsophilia repens 'rosea' just staring its show.

It rained hard last night as the front came through so today looks like a gardening day.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Few More Spring Treasures

Our cool spring continues to offer up its delights.  Plants are on my mind so much these days that I had a dream last night about using a rare draba as collateral on a loan.  Sick, I know.

Above is globularia velutina.

This is a slightly different form of silene uniflora than last week's.  It has the good taste to produce a light pink flower to go with its bluish foliage.

Campanula chamissonis

Seedlings of saponaria ocymoides that decided to bloom this year.  They self-seeded into this trough from a huge, now-deceased saponaria in the trough above.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Spring Just Keeps Getting Better

Erigeron leiomerus

Veronica rupestris purpurea

Matthiola trojana (yes, very weird-looking, I agree).  These are not faded, old flowers.  That's how they open.

Androsace sarmentosa

Phlox douglasii 'Lilac Cloud'

Silene caroliniana

Silene uniflora

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Spring Jewels II

The rain finally stopped today after what seemed like 7 days straight.  The plants loved it; this gardener...not so much.  Above is penstemon rupicola 'Pink Holly', a tiny evergreen shrub.

It seems to love its raised position in a full-sun, sharp drainage trough.

Genista sp 'Boz Dag', with its yellow pea flowers.  It's just a baby and should fill out more over the years.

Daphne x 'Leila Hanes' (front) and pusatilla pratensis 'Bohemica' (back).  The daphne is a showy sprawler while the pasqueflower is quite shy and downward facing.

Draba arabisans

Calycanthus floridus seems happy enough in a big hypertufa planter.  I'm sure it would be happier in the ground, where it could sucker and reach its true 12' x 10' potential, but I just don't have room for it.  I love smelling its pineapple scent as I come down the stairs.