As I gazed at Pinus contorta candles yesterday, I realized it was the pines' birthday: three years ago they were nestled into the Northwest Territory here at Longview Ranch.
Their "birthday" candles have increased almost twice their length in just the past few days.
So, how about celebrating with some birthday flowers?
garden in Altadena.
Helianthemum 'Henfield Brilliant" is rising to the challenge of its name.
This will be quite a contrast, when the Ceanothus 'Victoria' you can just see budding on the left in this picture comes into bloom.
Other small birthday flowers at Longview Ranch are the Potentilla fruiticosa, including 'McKay's White' below...
...and 'Sunset Red', whose flowers have always matured more yellow than red. Not that I'm complaining, you understand.
A few foliage plants are looking good, too. Here's a recent acquisition: Salvia argentea has the most irresistibly fuzzy leaves. I want to plant it in my front garden but I'm a little worried that it might suffer from too much fondling by passers by.
I have multiple plants ready to go in, but the soil is compacted and bad (read: clay) for most of my sun-lovers. Since each plant needs major additions of pumice and organic matter to the bed, it's taking major time and energy to do it right. You can just see three divisions of Crocosmia potsii 'Culzean Pink' at the top of the bed and an imperceptible Lagerstroemia 'Natchez' crape myrtle.
Last, for your foliage pleasure I present the happiest Eryngium I have ever had the pleasure to grow. 'Jade Frost' sailed through our last winter, and looked good doing it, I might add. This is the kind of birthday (and year-round) performer I need more of in the gardens at Longview Ranch.
Love the Red Tiger!!ReplyDelete
Great pictures of your garden! You're right, I wanted to reach through the screen and stroke that leaf! And when the Ceanothus blooms, it will make a marvelous contrast with the orange-red Helianthemum.ReplyDelete
I need to get an Abutilon. I love those veins.
Great pictures! Would love to go nursery romping with you some time!ReplyDelete
Oh it's good to know Jade Frost did so well for you. I saw it at the nursery again this year and wondered about buying it. Love your newly enlarged bed and the plantings. I can't wait to see more of your do over. Happy Mother's Day.ReplyDelete
I love Jade Frost. I planted one...well, I bought one, two years ago and lost track of it. Either it died or I gave it away...vague memories. Anyway your Abutilons are lovely.ReplyDelete
I love your take on "birthday candles". Wordplay takes a back seat only to plants in my list of favorite things.ReplyDelete
Congrats to the pines on another birthday ;-) Love that you're expanding the garden more...and I've seen those Salvias at nurseries...they are indeed irresistible!ReplyDelete
Lovely plants, all of them. Though you may be luckier than you think growing Abutilons as annuals. They need quite a bit of attention as perennials to look at all attractive. Annual may be best...ReplyDelete