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Annies Hodgepodge

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Gazania krebsiana

Gazania krebsiana - Terracotta Gazania

About a month ago, I took the day off and head over to Annie’s Annual.  The sun was just coming up, and the plants were looking striking such as this Gazania krebsiana .  South African native…I read that this low growing ground cover is a source of food for some tortoises.

Annie's Annuals & Perennials

Annie's Annuals & Perennials

There’s always a great collection of eclectic objects in their garden.

Primula polyantha 'Victoriana Gold Laced Black'

Primula polyantha 'Victoriana Gold Laced Black'

We have the silver version of this guy, Primula polyantha.  I know ours has been loaded with flowers ever since planting it in our garden.  Looks like the gold is just as floriferous.

Cotyledon orbiculata var. orbiculata - Pig's Ear

Cotyledon orbiculata var. orbiculata - Pig's Ear

Morning sun was spilling over the fence on this patch of Cotyledon orbiculata var. orbiculata.  When planting succulents with glaucous leafs, I try to be delicate as the waxy surface rubs off easily.

(one of many) greenhouse

(one of many) greenhouse

I had a rare opportunity to check out some of their growing areas not open to the public.  Here’s one of their many propagation greenhouses.  Lots O Little babies.

Viola 'Etain'

Viola 'Etain'

Hum…still on the fence with Violas, but they’re growing on me and Viola ‘Etain’ is helping make the switch.

Heliophila longifolia

Heliophila longifolia - False Blue Flax

Another little plant with big bang for the small foot print, Heliophila longifolia should find its way into one of our containers soon.  We can always use a little more color in our garden.

Echeveria subrigida

Echeveria subrigida

Morning sun lighting up the tips of this Echeveria subrigida.  I ran around like a mad man burning off film before the sun rose too high in the sky.  I always feel like early morning and late evenings are the best photo ops for plants…with bright over cast days coming in third.

It was challenging to select only a couple pics and there are a bunch more on our Flickr.

Kale 'Crane Red'

Kale 'Crane Red'

I know Kale is edible, but can’t say I have ever prepared it.  Are these specialty Kales okay to eat?

Kennedia nigricans - Black Coral Pea

Kennedia nigricans - Black Coral Pea

Great vine this Kennedia nigricans.  Gotta love a plant that has black flowers…sorta gardening gone Goth.  Makes me want to build some sort of over head arbor to host our own plant party.

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6 Comments

  1. I don’t think those ornamental kales are edible. I’ve seen them at the florist and it doesn’t look like you would eat it. I’m just guessing though. That looks like an absolutely fun place to visit.

    • Yeah, Megan just gave me the update and agrees with you. The Kale pictured is for recreational use only…lol. I bet it’s stunning in a cut flower arrangment.

  2. Wow, that Gazania pic is a showstopper. You need to figure out how to bottle that and sell it.

  3. These photos are beautiful!! Very inspiring post! I really enjoyed it. :)

  4. Wow so many gorgeous plants and pics. Esp love the one with the Echeveria subrigida-the backlit red is stunning.

  5. This caterpillar is really cool – it has a..scent horn that sticks out of its head when disturbed. This will keep your parsley or milkweed..clippings fresh allowing them to stand up in the container. You can probably get a..better look at the caterpillars this way………Your caterpillar will take about 10 – 14 days to turn into a chrysalis from the..day it hatches .

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