Friday, May 24, 2013

Spring Bounty redux

Gardens have a way of surprising us. We think we know them but they have a way of magically reinventing themselves from season to season, year to year. We put in lots of thought and sweat into them, with a desired result in mind. But part of the fun is seeing what they do to surprise us.
That musing aside, here are more photos, taken yesterday.

Osteospermum 'Coral Sands.' A new 3-D osteo. I love the color combo. Can't wait for it to fill out.

Canary Creeper. I love how it threads itself in and out of the lattice. So cheerful and the yellow flowers are said to resemble canaries, thus its common name.

Choisya 'Sundance' & Agastache foeniculum. This bed has become a bit of a golden lane, as it also holds a yellow brugmansia, a golden leycesteria and the yellow variegated elderberry, Sambucus 'Madonna.' The choisya has remained a rich gold so I guess it's getting enough morning sun.

Ampelopsis. The variegated form of Porcelain berry vine is finally taking hold. The variegation is so pretty, and unique, that I can't imagine anyone buying the non-variegated form.

Fuchsia procumbens. People plant this creeping fuchsia for its delicate leaves but it does indeed flower. As you can see, the flowers are very small but they are intricate, very pretty and are followed by bright red fruits.

Brugmansia Charles Grimaldi. Hard to believe I almost killed this plant a number of years ago. It was in too much sun so dug it up and moved it to its current morning sun location and it's now an unstoppable force.

Ledebouria socialis. This bulbous perennial from S. Africa isn't well known but it's so lovely. Attractive spotted leaves are the main attraction but it also produces sprays of tiny dangling flowers. I came up against the closeup limits of my camera in isolating the flowers but it does provide a glimpse.

Golden sedum & Pussy Ears. One of my favorite sedums and it keeps expanding. To its left is a succulent known as Pussy Ears (Cyanotis somaliensis), alluding to its fuzzy foliage. Its small purple flowers aren't showy but add a dash of color to the succulent bowl.

Sarracenia variety. This Pitcher plant is one of many so-called carnivorous  plants, due to it trapping and digesting small insects. I love the chartreuse color of this one.

Dicentra scandens. It's a mystery to me why no one is selling this plant anymore, as it's an exceptionally pretty bleeding heart. And much more vigorous than other bleeding hearts. It returns faithfully each year and now that I finally have it in the ground, it's prospering.

Brodiaea californica. This native brodiaea makes up in charm what it lacks in showiness. 

This double form, mini calibrachoa has proven itself surprisingly vigorous. It's made a lovely waterfall of delicate lavender flowers, greeting garden visitors at the main entryway leading back to the rear garden.

Lilium Honey Bee. Always the first of my many lilies to bloom, this cheerful lily offers a rich palette of golds and dark reds.

Clarkia 'Aurora.' One of my favorite clarkias, this guy took its time to flower but is now rewarding all who visit it with an abundance of coral-pink flowers. A favorite of bees.

Petunia Papaya. Right opposite the clarkia is this vigorous and lovely petunia. And yes, somewhere under there is foliage and a pot!

Tweedia caerulea. I love the original botanical designation -- Oxypetalum. Quite a mouthful and Tweedia rolls off the tongue so much more easily. There's nothing quite like that color, sort of a robin's egg blue, plus being a member of the milkweed family, it has those large cornucopia-shaped seedpods.

Tweedia, cynoglossum & Centaurea gymnocarpa. I love the combo of blues and silvers. I hadn't planned the locations but now I'm keeping it for the complementary look.

Satureja mimuloides. Many of you have heard of Yerba Buena (the subject of a recent Pick of the Week column). Well, this is a species mate that likes more sun and has by comparison larger and showier flowers. Some have compared them to Zauschnaria (syn Epilobium). Like other Satureja species (including culinary savory) the leaves have a decided fragrance.

Cotinus Royal Purple. I swear, when these plants are in full bloom, as mine is right now, they are just jaw-droppingly spectacular. Good thing we have photos cuz words couldn't hope to do it justice.

Clematis HF Young. After nearly killing this plant, and despite it being planted in an inhospitable median strip, this large-flowered clematis has finally gotten established. Lovely.

Dahlia 'Coupe de Soleil.' A new addition to my garden, the colors on this short dahlia are just sensational. Long may it prosper!

Schizanthus grahamii. Not one of the less showy hybrids, this species hailing from Chile offers vivid magenta flowers with a veined golden central petal. Called Butterfly flower for its appearance, not its ability to attract them, it forms a small shrub and blooms prolifically.

Epipactis gigantea. I always laugh when I think of this stream orchid's species name, given how small the flowers are (.75 in). Still, when you see a closeup photo of the flower, as I managed to capture here, the flowers are indeed very showy and orchid-like. Plus it's a CA native.

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