Thursday, June 28, 2012

Orange you glad it's finally summer?



You wouldn't know it by the weather, but summer has arrived at Longview Ranch.

A volunteer Eschscholzia californica.
Abutilon 'Tangerine'.


Rosa NOID.

Rosa 'Perle d'Or'.

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire'.

Agastache 'Acapulco Orange'.

Kniphofia 'Timothy'. I planted the rhizomes in fall of 2010 and they snoozed through last summer.  Now that the blooms have put in an appearance, they were worth waiting for.

Kniphofia porphyrantha.

Acer palmatum seedling rescue.

Phygelius x rectus 'Passionate'.


Potentilla fruticosa 'Sunset Red'.

Clivia miniata 'Belgian Hybrid Orange' (yes, it really is that intense.)

Even the dying leaves of the Eucalyptus are a beautiful bronzy-orange.
 What's the color story in your garden this summer?


18 comments:

  1. I love all the hot colors in your garden. Gorgeous!

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    1. Orange and yellow RULE in my garden (accented by deep blue and indigo).

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    1. I think you have beautiful taste, Linda!

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  3. Now that the pink Echium flowers are all gone orange is finally reigning supreme in my garden! Wish my Euphorbia tirucalli were as orange as yours are...what's your secret?

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    1. No secret, Loree, they just stayed that way. It's funny - you have an orange Aloe dorothea, I have an orange Euphorbia tirucalli, and neither of us knows quite why.

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  4. That's some serious color. I love orange, that whole "warm" family of colors. It's funny though, orange and even yellow used to be colors that the very "tasteful" gardener or designer avoided at all costs. That attitude seems to have pretty much disappeared over the last 20 years or so.

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    1. Yes, I love the warm color family too, and I like it accented with blue. I think the "tastemakers" are shifting toward orange: Tangerine Tango was the Pantone color of the year for 2012.

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  5. So Pantone is letting the rest of the world in on our little secret. More orange is definitely in my garden's future...especially after seeing yours.

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    1. Our "secret" is out! Somehow I imagine you have lots of orange in your garden already, Ricki.

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  6. Stunning! I love the eucalyptus leaves! That is one tree that I have never tried in the yard but have always wanted. I get shy about their incredible growth rates. Maybe one day soon ill take the eucalyptus plunge. With all the rain, I would say my color story is simply green.

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    1. You should try a euc, Louis. Even if they get a little outsized, you can prune them to keep them narrow, or wide and short, or whatever shape you want. Of course I agree it's probably optimum to keep them as they want to be...

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  7. Orange brightens up a grey summer day. They don't all need to be sunny. Looking good!

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    1. Hoov, I suppose the sun is taking its toll in your garden, now that the Cercis trees are gone. But the exposed house looks lovely, as do your orange aloes!

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  8. I tink I could comment and each and every item. But the California poppy, the volunteer Acer and mostly Sticks on Fire. Never seen that beauty before. Must say thanks or sharing.

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    1. Patrick, thank you for visiting! The Sticks on Fire IS pretty amazing. It came from a local nursery, Rare Plant Research (http://www.rareplantresearch.com/)

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  9. Every time I see a photo of a happy phygelius (which are mostly taken in the PNW) I want one, get another one, and am disappointed. They seem to produce more leaves than flowers here and run at the root. But I don't think your photo is helping to break that cycle. Orange rules!

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  10. Well your garden looks very happy, Jane. It's definitely summer now. I think it's still a pink and purple scene in my garden. And, of course green. You gotta love green!

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