Thursday, June 28, 2007

So, Cereus

Epiphyllum oxypetalum, a climbing jungle cactus.



A strap-like leaf can be rooted after a day or two of drying to callous the cut edge.
Almost fully open. The fragrance is wonderful.

Meet My Sister

This is a seedling that I grew. I begged seeds from Mrs. Pointevint, fat pods in a bed of recent blooms. She gave them freely, "I tried that once, and they were ugly," she allowed. I think there were five plants that grew to maturity. This is the best one.



I gave it the garden name of "Meet My Sister" in honor of the way my son met his second wife. I do love a romantic story.

Crape Myrtle

Steve Bender, I think it was, once said that crape myrtles came in all colors so you could choose just one. It's hard to choose just one, so I put two shades of pink where the driveway loops in front of the tractor shed to distract the eye.

In both the front and back yards is Lilacina, clones of an ancient beauty I found in a pasture, snuggled up to the dead trunk of an old pecan tree.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Jumbo Shrimp

There are two different shrimp plants in the garden.
Red Shrimp Plant, justicia brandegeana

White Shrimp Plant, justicia betonica

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Not yet red, already hot.

Peach seedling, 'Super Chili' peppers, tithonia seedlings.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Night Bloomers

Vespertine -- opening or blooming in the evening.
The white Crinum has buds! The crinum is a night bloomer, smells like vanilla.


Not only does the crinum have buds, the night blooming cereus has one as well. Other vespertine flowers include species petunias, citrina daylilies, stocks and nicotiana and daturas.
Datura from seed, 2006

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Red Hot Poker

Kniphofia and Porterweed Every poker has hundreds of seeds, one at the base of each orange tube. Two years to blooms from seeds. Division is faster.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hat Dance

Ratibida and Plains Coreopsis in a dry bed with a bit of late corn poppy.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Black Pearls

'Black Pearl' Ornamental Peppers

'Black Pearl' capsicum -- different from the usual 'California Wonder' peppers. These are for show, planted with alternanthera 'Chartreuse', verbena bonairensis and slow to emerge Salvia coccinea.

Sweet Daddy


'Daddy' petunias happily grow in the sunshine.

Sitting here gives a good view back to the 'Daddy' display.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Little Big Plans

Items Ordered from T&M half price sale:
Papaver paeoniflorum 'Black Paeony' & Viola "Bowles Black" -- dark blooms for a bright sunny bed.

Papaver nudicale 'Meadow Pastels'
Viola hybrida Sorbet 'Yesterday Today And Tomorrow' F1
Snapdragon 'Royal Bride' -- these 3 are for the long Rock Bed for spring bloom. White snaps, blue violas and Iceland poppies in citrus shades.

Antirrhinum Tequila Sunrise (free)-- Rock Bed with California poppies for next spring

Nasturtium majus 'St Clements' & Nasturtium majus 'Empress Of India' to plant beside GH for next spring bloom.

Salvia farinacea Victoria -- add to existing plants with the orange shades roses.

Salvia Splendens 'Blaze Of Fire' (free) & Antirrhinum nanum 'Black Prince' -- in the Red Bed, timely.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Rudbeckia

Lilacina Crape Myrtle
'Pineapple Crush' daylilies, lantana montevidensisSociety garlic
nicotiana, mexican bush sage seedling periwinkles










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