Above, Agave 'Sun Glow' with Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'
Below, Fenestraria rhopalophylla:
It's mostly roses and salvias for November. The fall blooming Aloes seem late--likely because we didn't get much rain in 2022.
Salvia 'Rome Red':
Salvia 'Mystic Spires Blue':
Rose 'Princess Alexandra of Kent'
Besides the Salvias and roses, Leucophyllum 'Thunder Cloud':
Gaillardia interrupting the pastel pairing of Hydrangea and Ageratum:
Aloe 'Cynthia Gitty' flower stem peeking up like a periscope from behind Agave 'Blue Flame'
One of the Garvinea Gerberas. Periodical pulling of dried-up old leaves and flower stems, followed by a splash of liquid fertilizer, seems to refresh the plant and prompts a new wave of blooms. After some several rounds of this, division and replanting are beneficial.
Echeveria 'Lola' (I think):
The plant, untroubled by summer, lives in a broken, bottomless pot sunk into garden soil. With that good drainage it also expanded its root system into the soil below. It has done well in this situation.
'Victorian Lace' Day lily, one petal a bit smushed, but hey, it's November:
Protea 'Pink Ice':
Barely had the energy to produce a Bloom Day post--spent three nearly full days cutting back Pittosporums on the east side of the property. Done with the cutting back, except for getting all the trimmings into the green waste bins. The last bits to trim proved difficult--a lot of maneuvering around to reach the top. I ended up taking off about 6-8' of height.
Just that top area above the thick white line took two days, mostly going this way and that to get access and reach:
Whew! Tough job. At least there were flowers and foliage to distract and enjoy.
I hope you are able to enjoy your garden this November, flowers or not.
Salvias and rose are two of my favourite varieties of plants and your garden shows them to perfection. That's a lot of shrub to cut off. How often do you have to prune?ReplyDelete
Two of my favorites also. Pruning is irregular--drought slows growth to almost nothing, a good rainy year and they shoot up. If I'd prune more often, it wouldn't have been so difficult!Delete
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Wow! Great job on the Pittosporums. I still have to tackle the 'Copper Glow' Leptospermums but I seem to manage putting that off one day at a time. I'm envious of Protea 'Pink Ice' and TB Iris 'Clarence - I have both but they're stubbornly refusing to bloom for me. I won't even mention the roses, which seem to be beyond my capabilities to entice into bloom, although I'm still reluctant to let go of mine. (Is 'Moondance' as tough as 'Iceberg'?) I need to try that Gerbera as I've had a horrible track record with Gerberas too.ReplyDelete
Your 'Copper Glow's are lovely and I'm always tempted to try one because of them. Good thing I don't have any space. TB Iris--an old piece by Vita Sackville-West said generosity with fertilizer for flowering--I found that to be true.Delete
No other rose re-blooms like 'Iceberg' and its two color variants, though 'Snowbird' comes close. 'Snowbird' has been very slow to get going, however.
The 'Garvinea' Series Gerberas have been outstanding, though the yellow and orange are not nearly as good as the ones in the various shades of pink. Or else I got poor copies of the yellow and orange ones.
Beautiful blooms and photos, as usual. How sweet are the little Fenestraria rhopalophylla flowers? I've heard that plant go by the common name of baby's toes here - very appropriate, I think! The garvinea series of gerberas are hugely hyped here, but I'm yet to try them. Sounds like they've performed very well for you - do they flower most of the year in your climate?ReplyDelete
Yes, 'Baby Toes' common name here also. I'm really impressed with how tough it is--took terrible neglect and came back strong. Tough baby!Delete
The Garvineas at least in this garden deserve the hype. They've been excellent. To flower most of the year, some fertilizer seems to work. And they don't like drought.
Wet or not, The Prince deserves his title. Impressively royal.ReplyDelete
He smells good, too. :)Delete
Such cold nights here this month but I still have some blooms. I used to grow 'Wendys Wish' but have found that 'Love and Wishes' almost always winters over for me-Wendy did not. Second to the last photo--dreamy !ReplyDelete
'Love and Wishes' is my very favorite, but I've got nothing bad to say about 'Wendy'. 'Ember Wishes' seems to bounce back fastest from a chop back. The hummers fight over all of them.Delete
Happy Bloom Day! I especially enjoy the peachy salmon-colored roses. Something about those shades of roses makes me swoon. Roses and Salvias: I'd love to have them still blooming in my garden. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
I like that color range a lot also, especially a range of ivory/pale yellow/pale peach/pale pink, like 'Charlene' or 'Gruss an Aachen' have. Delicate and subtle.Delete
Oh, you have a lot of drool-worthy plants, hb! I love the Leucophyllum against that sculptural marvel in the background. So goood!ReplyDelete
Aloe thraskii has a dramatic fountain-like form!Delete
That photo of the agaves and yuccas is stunning. Great job on the pittosporum.ReplyDelete
The afternoon light was hitting the Agaves and Yuccas just right.Delete
Should have hired out the chop of the Pittos, but it was educational. Exhausting but educational. Nothing like hands-on gardening.
The second Gerbera photo have a unique bloom I hadn't seem before, so many petals, more than in the first Gerbera photo. The red color is also fantastic.ReplyDelete
I love the idea of the bottomless terra-cotta pot sunk into the soil. Good solution and it looks cool too!
When I saw that super-petalled Gerbera I grabbed it, quick. The wrong time of year to buy plants (July) but could not say no.Delete
Also a way to use broken terra-cotta pots!
I agree with Anna; Leucophyllum and aloe for the win! That image takes my breath away. So glad your beloved roses delivering the goods!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Denise. 😊Delete
The shot across your glowing agaves and yucca brings back memories of my visit to your garden. So many years ago now! (6! Well, in January) It makes me so nervous to think of you way up on the ladder cutting those pittosporum!ReplyDelete
Yes, a surprising long time. Weird, isn't it? The oak tree has really changed the front. It's grown a lot bigger faster than expected.Delete
Wasn't far up the ladder, really. Everything done with a pole pruner.
So many beautiful roses and other blooms! I love that Leucophyllum - the name is so apt!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Cathy. The Leucophyllum is a favorite--well, so are the roses.Delete