More Flowers, and This Was Dumb But I Have An Excuse

 More flowers, like Gaillardia, above, impervious to summer's heat, and the exquisite Echeveria cante, below:

The plant isn't bad looking, either.  This is the one blooming now, in a photo taken a few weeks ago:
 The one that isn't blooming:
 Speaking of silvery and circular, Artemisa 'Silver Brocade'.   I thought I blogged about planting it, which was late last winter...but I didn't.  It has grown a lot.  May it never bloom, because it's perfect as it is.
Very much enjoying the annual Cosmos.  Many of us begin with annuals, don't we?  Then they are mostly abandoned for shrubs and perennials.  Then we learn to add touches of annuals back into the mix, just a few, where needed.  I'm at that place now.

A nice place to be.

The dumb thing was popping two seeds into the ground without labeling them, or at least writing down what seeds of which plant I popped.  My excuse is:  seeds I plant never sprout anyway, so why bother labeling them?  
Oh no!  You...grew?!?!
 So, what are you?  
 No idea.  It's not a rose, or salvia or Cosmos.

Comments

  1. Your gaillardia is oblivious of your summer, however here it almost died. They started as a group of about 7, now only 1 remained struggling to live even if my sister saw to it that it is always watered first before the rest of the plants during our dry season. I guess our dry season is too much for it. Your photos are always enigmatic to me, awesome.

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    1. Thanks! Hmm--here they handle dry. I'm not a total fan, but they make the bees happy, so they stay.

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  2. Your seed looks like a legume of some sort. Sue

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    1. Which is odd, because I am anti-Leguminosae due to their prolific reseeding qualities...if our heat wave kills them off, it will remain a mystery.

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  3. What fun would it be if you remembered everything that you planted, or if you didn't have some crazy volunteers come up out of nowhere? I have a coleus growing in a crack under my deck. Really scratched my head on how it got there until I remembered that I had a few coleus in planters up on the deck last summer.

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    1. Either way, it is fun, isn't it? :) Coleus are great plants, but our dry air is tough on them. Probably quite happy in your humid summers.

      I've been tossing around Echeveria seeds for years, hoping someday a seeding appears. Someday, someday...

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  4. I'll be interested in seeing what those seedlings turn out to be. I used to pull all unidentified seedlings, immediately assuming they were weeds, but I now give the interlopers a chance to declare themselves before I act.

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    1. I remember planting them on purpose...looked at them again today. Growing quickly, but I still have no clue.

      Here usually its the same volunteers over and over, not a lot of variety. Oaks, toyon, blankety-blank Cercis, that euphorbia weed, spotted spurge, the dreaded oxalis, those crappy weed-palms, alyssum, cerinthe, eucs. I've scattered a gazillion Grevillea 'Moonlight' seeds to no avail.

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  5. Gosh, these exquisite Echeveria cante are indeed exquisite! And I love, love, love the Artemisa 'Silver Brocade', such a cool good looking plant! Your post reminded me that I wanted to add more silver colored plants to my garden, but somehow I dropped the ball on that idea.
    Man, we just survived a 98 F day! I am almost afraid to check the garden tomorrow, I am pretty sure to find some heat victim plants, that didn't make it.
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. Silver plants are a favorite of mine. I should do a silver-foliage post again. One thing about them, they seem to stand up to brutal heat!

      If you try E. cante, it likes to be on the dry side in the wintertime. Never wet or even touch the foliage.

      It was 96 here yesterday, supposed to be 90 today and then our beloved Catalina Eddy is predicted to come back tomorrow. Or so we hope. Was outside yesterday in the heat misting things, to give them relief.

      I hope your plants made it through, and congratulations again on your efforts to raise those darling little puppies and give them a good life. That is so awesome! Our beloved Hoover who owned us for 14 years was saved via great effort by people we will never know, and I am thankful always for what they did.

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  6. Wow, I grow that Artemisa 'Silver Brocade' and mine is more of a stretched out rectangle. Your perfect circle almost looks clipped.

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    1. At purchase it was a perfect circle about 2" in diameter, and it went out from there. No other plants to interfere, I guess? Does yours bloom?

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    2. It hasn't yet...I'm not looking forward to when it does.

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    3. I'm okay with it procrastinating a few years.

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  7. Dear Hoover, the Gaillardia are lovely and colourful, the silver leafed plants give an impression of light, the white Cosmos are glorious...beautiful images. You might have to wait a little while to see what plants your seeds produce, something nice to look forward to. I sent away for some yellow Crocosmia seeds, planted 40 and none germinated, I was so disappointed.
    Have a happy week, your friend Dianne ❤️

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    1. Huh. Here Crososmia is so weedy, it's hard to keep it in check. I hope all is well with you Dianne. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I planted 6 gaillardias this spring and couldn't be happier. Such cheerful plants that never stop flowering.

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    1. I agree, great plants, and photogenic. The bees love them and the seed heads feed the seed-eating birds, too. I got some yellow ones this year also ('Arizona Peach', something like that). I pull mine out by the roots when they look ratty, and they come back. I wonder if there are roots that go way down, and they come back from that, or if it is from reseeding. No matter.

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