Sunday, August 27, 2017

Summer is dead, long live summer

Kids back in school, football once again on the tube, the occasional cool night. It's nearly fall, right? As Foghorn Leghorn would say "I say, hol', I say hol', I say hold on there son!" We often get our warmest weather in September and October so there's plenty of summer to go around. Of course tell that to the plants, especially the annuals, which have their own timetable.
Summer is a time of bounty in my garden and here are some recent photos to show off some of the color I get to enjoy when I walk out in my little corner of paradise.

Crassula alba v. parvisepala. That's a long name for one of the easiest and most floriferous succulents. As you can see, fiery red flowers but hidden behind them are flat, bluish petals that lend this crassula the name Propeller plant.

This backlit shot of my Lupinus pilosus is pretty but doesn't show off the intense royal blue colors of the petals.

Do you have the pictures of your garden stored in the 'cloud.' Here's another kind of cloud, that being a Wahlenbergia 'Blue Cloud.' A Campanula relative that loves the sun, this guy blooms its heart out all summer and fall and is surprisingly tough. Once established, it's off and running.

Here's my favorite new plant, Sesbanii tripetii. Love those flowers, as well as the Clianthus-like foliage.

Regular readers know that I love dwarf conifers. Here's a new one I've added to my Japanese Garden - Cryptomeria Sekkan-sugi. Stately and the variegated foliage lights up the mostly shady bed.

My Celosia 'Sunday Wine Red' started off mostly green but as it's spent more time in the sun it's acquired its signature burgundy foliage. It will soon sprout familiar rosy-red feathery plumes.

My Golden sedum just keeps on ticking, taking a variety of lickings. Pure golden tones with bronze tips, it seems to glow in the sun.

Here I was trying to capture the way my Begonia Illumination Apricot flowers seem to capture and hold the light. They do actually seem to glow!

This simple purple flower belongs to my Ruellia brittoniana. Hard to find but incredibly vigorous, it's already outgrown its pot. Love those flowers though.

There's something familiar about this red and white petunia. Hmm, I can't quite put my finger on it. Oh, yes, a flag. Not Switzerland as one might guess but the flag of Great Britain (as opposed to England's Union Jack). Except of course the flag has a simple red cross against a white background.

My Chantilly Bronze snapdragon keeps pumping out flowers, which begin pink then age to a golden bronze.

This charming flower belongs to a Justicia fulvicoma. Hard to come by but worth tracking down, it has 'cocktail' like flowers that are exceptionally pretty.

Here I was trying out an 'artsy' shot, photographing a cluster of my Tecoma x smithii flowers in front of a car window. You can see my image in the lower center part of the frame, as well as through the windows to the car parked across the street.

A new piece of art for my garden, this 'gazing globe' is floating in my pond. It's orange with painted representations of flowers on both sides.

Abutilon thompsonii. I chose this variegated flowering maple mainly for the foliage but the peach-colored flowers are quite pretty too.

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