This has been a terrible summer for me, in terms of keeping up on blog memes – I have missed several months worth… Once (or was it twice?), I even missed my own, and had to play catch-up later in the day… jeez… This glorious August day, I’m a day late for Bloom Day, but right on time for Foliage Follow-up. I don’t have a whole lot of current photos to offer you, but considering we were gone for almost two weeks during a record-setting heatwave, the garden is still alive and the plants thriving. I have someone to thank for that – 14 year-old Jasper, who did a SPECTACULAR job watering, and caring for my garden. I’m dedicating this post to him – that young man is a treasure!
First out – stunning Canna ‘Stuttgart’ capturing the day’s last rays of sunshine beautifully.
A NOID Echinopsis working its way through an overbearing Melianthus major. Keep up the good fight, Echi. You are so pretty, I might try to move you! The bumble bees LOVE this plant!
The sweet flowers and pearly buds of Myrtus communis – common Myrtle, which will eventually turn to blue, oblong berries. The evergreen leaves look fantastic year round.
What is the plural form of Clematis? Clemati?? Anyway, here is Durandii mingling with Rooguchi. Neither is happy, as they were in too much shade until I pruned back a Rubus lineatus, the other day, but there are a few blooms and buds on them.
A smaller type of Gladiolus (G. nanus ‘Atom’) needed my help to stand up to reach the nearby silver foliage of Brachyglottis greyii. I get the hint – not quite enough sun for this one.
By now, as tall as the original one, the supposedly shorter Verbena bonariensis ‘Lollipop’ quickly reverts to its taller version after the first year. I didn’t really mind. It adorns my hell strip.
Cute little flowers of Mahonia gracilipes. Not that the photo shows it, but he leaves have lovely, silver white undersides, which glow in the shade. Take my word for it – this is a great plant!
The many suns of Potentilla gelida are open. I really grow this plant for the foliage, but the flowers are kind of cute, too. Artemisia ‘Seafoam’ in the foreground.
A cute little annual – Thunbergia alata. Couldn’t resist – it cost me all of 80 cents! I think it was worth it, don’t you?
The wonderful yellow bells of Kirengeshoma palmata are opening up!
Green, dangly flowers of false Cannabis – Datisca cannabina. Such a stately plant!
My annual splurge of the summer – a Bougainvillea – which would not survive a winter here. The fab foliage in the background belongs to a Thuja plicata ‘Whip cord’.
One of my many Clematis crushes – Clematis ‘Kiri-te-Kanawa’.
Crappy photo, but the glossy and glorious leaves of Arisaema ringens make me happy every time I see them. Our native Adiantum draping down from above.
The airy foliage of Adiantum microphyllum juxtaposed with a couple of far heftier Aspleniums.
A slightly manhandled Octopus agave and some supporting friends in a pot, so it can be moved to wherever the sun is.
A young Eryngium – also in a pot, for easy migration.
Same with this Manfreda/Bolax gummifera combo, currently housed in a disintegrating remnant of a pot that didn’t survive the winter.
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