Thursday, September 20, 2018

Falling into place

Hard to believe we're on the cusp of the Fall Equinox. Time flies, unless of course you're waiting for that Amazon package ...
Today more photos of my garden. It will soon have a new visitor, as my newly adopted cat will soon be transitioning to the outside. She'll love the garden. Pictures to follow.

Clematis Rooguchi. This fall blooming clematis nearly died in the late spring but now has rebounded vigorously and is putting out its first waxy purple flowers. 

Sedum Lemon Coral. This delicate looking but vigorous sedum is a popular item in our nursery. It mounds up to ~ 6" then spills over a container, low wall or hanging pot. Very versatile and a bit more forgiving about water than many succulents. Yellow, star-shaped flowers appear in summer.

Platycerium veitchii. This less common species of staghorn fern actually prefers some sun. It features slightly grayer leaves but in all other respects likes the same conditions as the more common staghorn. 

One more photo of my unusual Bigelowia nuttallii. What looks like fine golden 'hair' are actually the rayless flowers. You'd think that bees would have a very difficult time collecting pollen out of these slender 'tubes' but I've seen them on the plant so they must have found a way.

Hibiscus Cherie. The sun somewhat bleached out the color on this photo, as the flowers are considerably more orange than the golden tones seen here. Hibiscus are much favored by hummingbirds and moths.

Salvia madrensis. There aren't many true yellow-flowering salvias but this one, hailing from Mexico, puts out tall stems with opposing two-lipped canary-yellow flowers in the fall.

Rainbow bush may seem like an odd name for a succulent but this Portulacaria afra ‘Aurea’ is actually well named. You have the green and gold colors of the petals, then pink to red stems that stand out on this small sub-shrub (2-3'). It may be slow to flower but when it does, the pink flowers really stand out against the golden foliage. Very drought tolerant.

This slightly redder flowering form of Justicia brandegeeana is a recent addition to my garden. The common name Shrimp bush owes its name to the reddish bracts that look like the body of a shrimp. If you look closely you can see small white flowers emerging from each individual bract.

Though simple, I love the pure red flowers (and delicate foliage) on this morning glory relative called Cardinal Climber (Ipomoea sloteri). It has proved just as vigorous as other annual morning glories, a good thing given its pretty flowers and effortless climbing habit.

Tweedia and Scabiosa atropurpurea Florist's Blue. Though I didn't intentionally plant these together, I think they complement each other very well.

Though my Amorphophallus paeoniifolius hasn't yet produced its dazzling spathe, one bonus is its rough textured, pebbled stalk. Very coarse and rigid. Unlike any of my other species in this fascinating genus.

Not the best shot of my Salvia Marine Blue but you can see its vivid purple flowers, each containing a contrasting white blotch. Very pretty.

You kind of get a hint that a certain plant is fragrant when it's named Monardella odoratissima! And indeed this less common Coyote mint is one of the most fragrant, and sweetest smelling, of the entire genus. Same pretty purple flowers.

I never get tired of photographing my sticky monkey (Mimulus) flowers. They apparently cross pollinate very easily so new colors keep appearing.

Here's that same Scabiosa, showing off its rich lavender tones. Though sometimes known as Butterfly flower, it's equally popular with bees.

This new Justicia betonica features very cool green ribbed white bracts and pale pink flowers.

Begonia Torch. I love the dark foliage as much as the vibrant orangish-pink flowers.

This morning my climbing bromeliad looks like red birds in flight! It's loving its location.

Here's my front yard Sun King bed. It has a certain 'wild' look, especially with the Epilobium canum having run amok.

Here's my Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, slowly filling in a front yard bed, around the base of a bird fountain. It's beginning its fall and winter bloom season.

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