So yesterday’s Bloom Day post was kind of lame. Lots of repeat blooms… nothing really exciting, so I finally got my act together for a Foliage Follow Up post. Not sure why we never did one before. We’ve got way more going on in the foliage department than flowers most of the time. Thanks to Pam at Digging for hosting the leafy online get together!
Momma Dudleya with new little pup. There’s another cutie on the other side.
You gotta love Oscularia deltoides (the frosty blue guy crawling around in the Aeoniums). This side of the garden gets no direct sun for a couple of months in the winter, but the succulents don’t seem to care.
This teeny weeny little succulent is in my top ten favorite succulents list. It’s just so gosh darn cute.
Agave & friends
Dang it, I have no idea what Agave this is. We won it at the SF Succulent Society Sale a couple years ago and I never bothered to write down the name. Anyone know what it might be?
Sorry the pic is so blown out. This is one of the oldest and least touched (rearranged) succulent sections of the garden besides the succulents under our Agave americana.
Plectranthus neochilus & Aeoniums
The Plectranthus buds don’t count as blooms, do they? I love this plant and its herby smell. You either hate the smell or love it. It’s super tough if you have a spot where nothing else with grow. Happy Foliage Follow Up!
A couple weeks ago I went a little crazy with the Hipstamatic app combined with the AutoStitch app out back. Matti’s the king of this technique, since I’m often bogarding the DSLR. I’m loving the trippy pics this combo produces. It’s super easy, too! Makes the garden look all magical & stuff.
Happy September Bloom Day! Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting the monthly bloom-a-thon. Summer has finally arrived in Outer Sunset. For the first time in several weeks it hit seventy five degrees and was sunny! This little bee was pollinating its little heart out on a cutie mystery mesemb. Anyone have any ideas as to what it is? I don’t even remember where we got it.
Cuphea 'Strybing Sunset' action
Matti brought Cuphea ‘Strybing Sunset’ home from the pitiful pile at work, and it’s made a full recovery. I threw it in there to give Fuchsia ‘Fanfare’ some leggings to cover up some of its skinny leg show.
Linaria reticulata 'Flamenco'
Linaria reticulata ‘Flamenco’ is one of my favorite annuals. I’d even say it’s even in my top five. We planted one last Spring, and it bloomed like a crazy thing for months in a big container. I loved it so much, this time I planted three. It’s well on the way to being a giant ball of red-orange flowery goodness.
Petunia exerta fun
Crazy rare Petunia exerta from South Eastern Brazil is still going strong despite being trampled by a dog. We trample it, too trying to get to plants in the far corner. Greensparrow Gardens‘ blogger Joseph Tychonievich hooked Annie’s up with the seeds for this super unique Petunia. Joseph is so cool he actually tricked his tree dahlia in to blooming using a trash can this summer.
Some folks don’t like this funky little groundcover’s herby odor, but I think it smells nice. The purpley flowers aren’t bad either.
Sempervivum starting to get crazy
We’ve got semps in all shapes in sizes, bursting with sea creature like blooms right now. Matti’s been addicted to semps for quite some time, but I was slow to jump on the bandwagon. We had one back in Wisconsin that I loved, but I was weirdly not in love with them when we moved here. I think one might have gotten rotty during the winter. While I still can’t rattle off all the cultivars like Matti, I do love them again.
Matti picked out mega-rare Impatiens nyungwensis, a native to Rwanda from Annie’s last winter/early-spring. It’s loving life next to the beach. We now have two thriving colonies of this hairy little guy, from a couple chunks of plant I shoved in the ground after it was looking sad in a container.
Pretty soon our Brugmansia sanguinea will have some flowers facing the garden where I can take a picture of it without sticking my head next to the fence. This guy has really taken off. It’s covered in buds right now, and getting huge.
Eccremocarpus scaber 'Tresco Gold'
Finally, after quite some time of not doing so much Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Tresco Gold’ is causing hummingbird brawls in the garden. We literally have over ten Fuchsias out back, and the hummers don’t give a crap about them compared their beloved Chilean Glory Vine. Earlier this week I saw my first full on hummer battle above this vine.
Verbena bonariensis and fluttery friend
The butterflies have been digging the Verbena bonariensis big time latey. Anyone know what this one is?