Jun 27, 2017

Look who's here (already)...

I planted this guy just ~10 days ago! Ipomoea 'Tickle Me Pink' :

Pleeeezegod don't tell me I'll be sorry for planting an ipomoea (morning glory)...I'm hoping for the best, as it's not the standard blue (read: rampant) variety.  What a happy bloom to wake up to!

Some other pics from this morning...

Sally Holmes:

I can't believe how big she's gotten over the past few weeks, and how round the bloom clusters are.  I'd heard they were kinda like hydrangea blooms--& it's true!

A bird's eye view of our annual bed:

You can just see the new zinnia ('Benary's Giant Lime,' from Annie's) I planted, in the center/right of photo.  Something is eating the hell out of it; I suspect a baby grasshopper--of which we have MANY.  Also, can you tell I like Paludosum daisies?  I DO.  Also--a sprawling white lantana to the left that I didn't need but had to have, & a hot (manly) pink vinca--b/c they thrive in our HEAT.

The end of the annual bed, with 2 succulents mixed in:

This was more or less my only proper placement of succulents this past spring. :(  I made a rookie mistake and baked most of them in too much sun, but fortunately these 2 are getting some nice shade from the Pentas.

Lastly, our Madagascar jasmine:

Will be blooming (please!) in 3...2....

Jun 21, 2017

A Summer Obsession.

Lately, in addition to Jason, I'm obsessed with our Cup of Gold vine (Solandra Maxima). Its flowers will eventually look like this:

But it was NOT looking like this. It was looking very SICKLY after planting in March, with limp yellowy leaves, and no vigor at all.

I went to Walter Andersen's last month to ask them about it.
I was referred to their "Vine Lady."  I described our vine, and she claimed that I was over-watering.  I asked her if it was a goner—if I should just replace it & start over.

She said, "Honestly, you'll just end up making the same mistake—so replacing it would be a waste of money."

Um, okay Vine Lady Oddly-Hostile Lady.

So I went home & decided to treat the vine as if it had an insect problem, and sprayed its leaves with neem oil.  Then I fertilized it with my favorite:

It smells like hell. But it works swell.

Because just a few weeks later, it looks like this! :
Tons of new growth!  Deep green glossy leaves! No signs of stress!  & Jason built out the trellising behind it--so we're weaving its branches into it!

Someday soon, maybe it'll look like this:

How's that for atmosphere?  I'm in love!

Jun 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, June 2017

This is my first-ever Bloom Day post!  In fact, I'd forgotten it was today and then turned on my laptop & saw Nan Ondra's (typically) amazeballs post--so I just now ran outside to capture a few pics...

The soil here (San Diego, zone 10a/23) is still holding a LOT of water from the crazy amount of winter rain we had.  But it's starting to warm up this week (mid-80s) and I'm hoping our newly planted heat-lovers will take off--so I can show you those next time :).

First up, the California natives in the front yard, planted this past winter...

Here's a Verbena Lilacina 'de la mina'.  The reddish soil is litter from our bottlebrush tree (decidedly not a native--but the birds love it so I couldn't cut it down).

Penstemon 'Margarita BOP'... these have been super-performers in our yard, which is nice b/c I LOVE PURPLE...CAN.YOU.TELL.?

And lastly, from the front...not a CA native, but looks good hanging in front of our purple door ;), Scaevola Aemula:

Now for the back yard, more of a subtropical, sorta Mexican/Latin-American theme, planted in March...


South African Jasmine, coming along w/ lots of buds :)

Rosa Sally Holmes--our first bloom cluster ever! She arrived from Oregon and we planted her under Jason's arbor in March:

A beautiful yarrow (I forgot which variety, sorry). I love the humble yarrow!

Last but never least, Tecoma Stans 'Lydia'... we have 4 of these--& they're probably the happiest plants in our backyard. They take extreme heat & ask for more!

I can't wait to contribute to the next Blogger Day.. Happy June, everyone!

Jun 12, 2017

The Arbor Abloom.

It's been a while since I've written--I went to Bisbee, AZ for a weekend, & had some other stuff going on.  In the meantime, look what happened!

Sally Holmes made her debut appearance!

Before I went to Arizona, she looked like this:

Now, she looks like this (blooms at right):
Hard to believe she looked like this when she arrived from Oregon, back in March:
She's got a ways to go before she smothers the arbor, but she's making good progress. :)