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Seeing The Light

Flower stem emerging from Aloe petricola; Leucospermum 'Tango' first flowers color up   No gardening today.  The wind is ripping branches, leaves, and flowers from shrubs and trees today.  At least it's a cold Santa Ana this time, not hot, and a strange one, because the sky is grey with clouds instead of the usual tannish with blowing dust.  A low pressure system from the south and a high pressure system from the north are meeting to squeeze Great Basin air, sending it roaring through our neighborhood.  The neighbor's dead Eucalyptus rocks stiffly, like Frankenstein's Monster walking; the live Eucs, with considerable grace, sway.  An occasional leaf blown hard, hits window glass with a plunk.  Birds are absent.   Indoors, I look at garden photos and consider light.   Late afternoon light: Midday light: Late afternoon: Midday: Advantage, late afternoon.   Overcast morning: Sunny morning: Advantage overcast.   Late afternoon, really too late, but with the sun behind

Bloom Day June 2017: Panoramic To Tiny

  Rather than individual flowers,  a panorama of the walled garden in parts.  It's never before looked so good.   Much work, trial, error (much error!), and thought, for many years, to reach this place.  
Hopefully you can see the panoramas on whatever your format might be--phone or computer.  Clicking on the photo makes them expand.   Roses, Dahlia, 'Rozanne', Salvias, Hemerocallis, Fuchsias, Hydrangeas. 
Just a few more flowers...the second of the three Clematis purchased from Joy Creek has bloomed:  'Blekitny Aniol', which is Polish for 'Blue Angel':
Clematis 'Venosa Violacea' was first to bloom.  I was not expecting such large plants so the support was intended to be temporary.  I had to add another piece of fencing because the plant kept growing. 
A more attractive support next year, promise!

Now, tiny flowers, dainty and delicate.
A crescent moon of Leucanthemum with the dark foliage of a dark foliaged Dahlia and the inevitable Geranium 'Rozanne':
 Crassula pubescens ssp radicans, a tiny wine-stemmed forest topped with minute buttery blooms:
 Echeveria secunda, I think: 
 Echeveria 'Pollux' I fear will bloom itself to death.  It bloomed all last spring, all last summer, all last fall, all winter, all this spring, and it is sending up new flowers stalks again.  Honey, don't you need a rest? 
 E. strictiflora, reportedly a persnickety species.  We'll see what it thinks of Southern California. 
 Echeveria subridgida.  It just recovered from last year's flower show, and here it goes again.  It is larger than some of my Agaves!
 Last, a salute to Late To The Garden Party which has shown, over time, so many beautiful Eustoma (Lisianthus) flowers.  It motivated me to buy a couple six-packs for myself this spring.  The first Eustoma (Lisianthus) flower from this garden, paired of course with the inevitable Geranium 'Rozanne'.  White and lavender-blue, to cool us off as summer looms.
 "Eustoma" means "beautiful mouth". 

   Happy Bloom Day!


  1. Your walled garden looks totally amazing! I can imagine very well that it took years to get it to this point, but what a wonderful success it is now. Love both of your clematis' and the white Lisianthus, too!
    Warm regards,

    1. Thanks, Christina. It was a long learning experience. I think this winter's rain did miracles--so maybe it was just the rain, not the education.

  2. Oh those Echeveria are lovely. If I could I would plant seas of them.

    1. Matter of fact I am thinking hard on where I can have an all-Echeveria planting bed. The way I treat potted plants, they are so much happier in the ground. Echeverias are the sweetest!

  3. Hey, your Eustoma is blooming before mine! Honestly, I think they may have liked last year's nasty, hot, dry conditions better than the wetter, cooler weather we've enjoyed here thus far this year. I do have some buds at last but no flowers for Bloom Day. I also featured Crassula radicans in my post - that's one energetic plant. Your panoramic views are wonderful. Oh, to have roses like that, not to speak of the clematis...

    1. Then a rabbit came and bit off one, and left it there--didn't even eat it. Grrr! Did you get new plants this year? The plants are still pretty tiny, maybe 8 or 10". I had no idea what they wanted so I planted them around with slightly different conditions. Thanks for the inspiration--I love them.

      I'm wondering if I am going to have to take out some of that Crassula. It is spreading. But what shuts off the growth is no water. They stop growing and get intensely red. Summer will slow them way down.

  4. Love panoramas, but it took me a while to see how the first three images flowed together. So much blooming! Let me know if white with lavender-blue really does cool us down, because I think I'm going to need a lot of that this summer!

    1. Yes, there was a better first photo that showed the connection to the rest, but it was taken at 7 in the morning and looked dark...maybe I should have posted that one instead.

      We are heading into a heat wave here, and I admit the white-blue thing was hopeful thinking.

  5. Love the Echeveria flowers, they look so elegant. Here, the couple I have in pots bloom over the winter inside the greenhouse.

    1. Winter, huh? Interesting. They are very elegant little plants, one my favorite genus.

  6. Your walled garden is to die for! I love it.

  7. 'Venosa violacea' is a gorgeous Clematis! I've never heard of Eustoma, but it's certainly a beauty as well.


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