Friday Miscellany

The Madiera geranium are ridiculously early this year.
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The Iris are on time.
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I've noticed that over the years, the Cerinthe bracts are less blue and more purple.  I bought one packet of seeds ten years ago, and the garden has had a wealth of reseeded volunteers ever since.  But less and less blue. 
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The Galvezia, an April '11 purchase, is blooming.
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So is 'The Prince'.
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'Brass Band' is bigger than ever.
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The next photo is my leaving-home view, what I see pulling out of the driveway.  Some very good roses of ours, and the neighbor's Abelias, sheared into globes.  The Abelia's natural shape is that of a fountain, spraying outward from a central point, and the flowers are hummingbird favorites.  The neighbor's Abelias do not bloom, being sheared.  The eclair-shaped Bougainvillea I can do without, but unnatural they may be, I love the silvery sheen on the Abelia globe-tops when struck by early morning light.  I have hummingbird flowers everywhere, to make up for the neighbor's sheared Abelias.  
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He'll sit there for an hour, holding that ball.  He likes that ball.  Look at his adorably fat pink toes.
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And that is the miscellany for Friday. 
 

Comments

  1. Isn't it great when neighbors have a great tree, or some plants that you find attractive -- if unnatural? They do things in the garden you never would yourself. (I too like the globes but would never treat shrubs this way.)

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  2. "eclair-shaped Bougainvillea"...good god you weren't kidding, that is an abomination! Why even grow a Bougainvillea if you're going to do that to it?

    Loving the pup pics by the way...

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  3. How I loved your friday miscelany post. We have a lot of specie's geranium overhere but I have never seen this one. What a beauty. The Iris is also spectecular. And rosa the Prince is breathtaking. Your lovely dog reminds me when my new foundland dog was a pup. What is the name of the breed of your dog?
    Have a lovely weekend
    marijke

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  4. @Alan, yes indeed!
    @Danger, yeah, that Bougie...sigh.
    @Marijke, thanks! The puppies are Samoyeds. You have a lovely weekend, too!

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  5. I love seeing Cerinthe in gardens. If that shrubby eclair were up here, it would be an azalea. You wouldn't believe (well, maybe you would) what is done to blooming shrubs in the Northwest. Boris looks quite fetching with that ball in his mouth...sorry, couldn't stop myself...

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  6. "fetching", MulchMaid? Bad MulchMaid! Bad MulchMaid! Now why didn't I think of that? :)

    Not limited to the NW--the number of cubed azaleas and raphiolepis here are painful to consider.

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  7. And abelia really does have such a graceful habit of growth. Second thought -- jealous because cerinthe NEVER reseeds for me and I refuse to buy it in each year. Third thought, jealous of puppy paws and your daily access to them.

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