Blooms and foliage – August 2017

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.

Head over to May Dreams Gardens and Digging for more goodies from around the globe.


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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12 Responses to Blooms and foliage – August 2017

  1. Alison says:

    I’ve now seen that Mahonia gracilipes on a couple of blogs this month for Bloom Day, and I think I’m putting it on my list to buy! Love the Arisaema ringens too, such cool leaves!

    • annamadeit says:

      It’s a really sweet plant. It took me a while to warm up to its flowers, but now I’ve learned to like the whole thing. The Arisaema was love at first sight – the leaves are MASSIVE!

  2. Kris P says:

    I’m glad you’re enjoying better weather up there at last! All your flowers made me drool but I’ve put Mahonia gracilipes on my mail order list. I can only hope it’ll adapt to coastal SoCal.

  3. Canna ‘Stuttgart’ – my hat’s off to you! What a perfect leaf, I never have been able to grow that one successfully.

    • annamadeit says:

      Ha! I’m not sure if I’m all that successful – at least not if success is defined by blooms. Mind you, I don’t care too much about the flowers on this one. I heard they do alright in a little shade – maybe that’s why it’s doing okay?

  4. FlowerAlley says:

    I am glad to hear from you. Your photos are lovely as usual. I hope all is well.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks! All well, but life is still very full. Feeling a bit overwhelmed at times.Thank heavens for a cool, green garden to collect one’s thoughts in, huh? 🙂

  5. Denise Maher says:

    So that’s what that stunning potentilla looks like in bloom. Wonderful plants, and great job, Jasper! Now I have to dash off into the garden to find out what happened to my False Cannabis.

  6. annamadeit says:

    Thanks Denise! I hope you found it – it’s a pretty hard plant to lose when it’s happy… 🙂

  7. bettyl - NZ says:

    I really like the colors that you are sharing today. BTW, I know that real life should take precedence over blogging any day so don’t worry that you miss a few days (or months) cuz we will still be here when you get time 🙂

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