Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Just some pictures

Earlier this week, I took a bunch of pictures of my garden as I was about to leave it for a few days again. I didn't want to post them all to Instagram, so I'm putting them here! This is my garden looks like on a random Tuesday in May:
Agave 'Crazy Horse' - love the stripes!

A. lophantha 'Quadricolor which usually hides under grass

Agave whichever 'Cream Spike'

The new kid on the block: A 'Snow Glow'

Still amazed these aloes grow and seem happy!

Purple and yellow!
The first of the daisies that reseeded everywhere

Hiding under the Palo Verde blooms

Green, silver and purple on the hillside
 Even though I'm a bit late, I'm linking to both Carol at May Dreams Garden for Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for Foliage Follow-up. There are way more gardens, blooms and foliage at both their blogs that I can look at while I'm away from mine!

Sunday, May 14, 2017


One of the first garden blogs that I discovered when i was trying to figure out what might grow in my garden was Digging, with Pam Penick. One of her signature plants was of course Moby - her agave ovatifolia, who bloomed (as documented on Pam's blog and instagram) recently. Moby was definitely the inspiration for my own two agave ovatifolia, and Pam's blog has been a source of many other ideas, as well as wonderful pictures and advice over the years.

After Moby bloomed, Pam was kind enough to share bulbils with many people, as she documented in this update post. There is now one extra spot that Moby lives on... my garden!

Three little baby agaves!
Pam was kind enough to share three Moby bulbils and after getting them potted up, i let them out into the wild for some "family portraits":
This is the newer of my two a. ovatifolia - i think this is 'Vanzie'
The plant in the picture above was planted a few years after the one below. It's also in a slightly shadier spot - i don't know whether its that or because it's 'Vanzie' that the leaves are a lot pointier than my other a. ovatifolia.
a. ovatifolia and the babies!
The 'Desert Museum' Palo Verde has also started blooming in celebration! Hopefully the baby whale tongue agaves will like it here. I'll let them get a bit bigger in their pots before finding spots in the ground for them.

Thanks again to Pam for sharing Moby's spawn, and for all the inspiration over the years!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Weekend Gardening - 5/7/2017

After several weekends away from the garden, I was finally able to do some more work this weekend. Here are some pictures of things that look mostly good the first weekend of May.

We'll start with the back garden, since that's where I spent most of the time, cleaning the patio and potting up some new plants.
The poppies are done, but now the sage is growing up.
I still have to pinch myself about the hill side. It still needs work, but it looks full!
The Dasylirion longissimum is blooming?
It doesn't seem big enough to bloom yet... Weird!
Always nice to see the cactus isn't dead!
Palo Verde starting to bloom!

More yucca bloom spikes!

This one too... It's going to get crowded in this corner.

Agave 'kissho kan' survived again!

Ground cover running amok!
That's Epilobium canum, bent on world domination. Kris at Late to The Garden Party shared some of her ground covers this week. I should follow her good example and clean this area up a bit!
C. 'little john' has started blooming!
The next few pictures are from the bed that I mostly redid earlier this spring. The plants are starting to grow in!
And so are all the red yucca seedlings.
New plants here!

Like many people, I was very interested in the new xMangave varieties that seemed to become available this year. I got several, and we'll see how they do. They are all in pots for right now.

The front garden is also starting to bloom. I need to send some time out there weeding, but two areas look good with no help from me...
Rosa 'Blaze' was original to the house, and blooming beautifully right now
Yucca and flower friends
I was so happy to be enjoying the garden this weekend! This is the one area of my life I enjoy a never-ending to do list.

Friday, April 28, 2017

April Poppies!

After our winter of rain, we had a few weeks of spring weather. There were lots of comments about a #superbloom, so of course I had to visit the poppy reserve and see for myself. This was from about 2 weeks ago. It did not disappoint!

There were fields of orange
Lots of orange!
Poppies stay closed when it's overcast or windy, so early in the morning, they weren't as open. The fields were still pretty though.
A bit less bright, but still everywhere.
Poppies everywhere!
There were some areas where the yellow wild flowers were more prevalent:
Yellow fields on the west side of the park
Yellow and orange blending together
Up close, the color variations in the poppies are easier to see:
Yellow and orange.
Bi-colored and orange
There are many other flowers besides the California poppies, but they only really standout in close-ups!
White flowers
In addition to the plants, the desert wild life was out too:
From the friendly...

... to the not so friendly!

The super-bloom lived up to it's billing! It's already getting hot now (and windy), so I'm sure the flowers will be gone soon. The ones in my garden will stick around longer. But that's part of what makes the big fields of wild ones so special - the golden hills of California only stick around for a bit!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

April Bloom Day

Time for Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden! There are so many things blooming all over the world. I don't have pictures of all my blooms, but just a couple that caught my eye after a week-long work trip.

The poppies are blooming everywhere except the planting beds. I wonder if there's any chance of them being as well behaved as Gerhard's? There's a particularly large clump in the dry stream bed:
Poppies plus Cassia (or Senna) on the hill side
More poppies and ice plant on the rest of the hill side
 It seems like the ice plant is blooming less than last year. I'm not sure why there is a random pillow (?!?) in the middle of the hillside. This still part needs a lot of clean up. That's what Easter is for!

My new iris is blooming! It's in a container in the back of one of the large planting beds. It's doing surprisingly well. I really like the color. 
I think like this is like Carol's variety name: "there's a tag somewhere"
 This combo of yucca and daisies makes me look like I plan things or something:
I don't, but i need to get more of that color daisies...
 And last - these aren't flowers, but they are growing and so cute!
Baby hummingbirds! 
Happy Gardening Bloggers' Bloom Day! Carol has many more blogs to look at in her comments!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spring Inspiration - Huntington in March

Just some pictures from the Huntington a few weekends ago... I haven't been home enough to make a ton of spring progress in my own garden, but my projects continue to slowly get checked off.

These are totally random, just things I found pretty or inspirational as I continue spring clean up:

Swoon... I sense a dangerous plant crush developing!
A gorgeous combination of texture and color!

The Jade vine was blooming!
 That color blows mind... If it wasn't for the fact it would take over my house before it bloomed, I would try it as a house plant.
Spring in the tea garden

Swoon some more...
 I want some of those flowers, even though they won't want the desert!
I love this view 
 I'm pretty sure no amount of spring cleanup will make my garden look like that, but at least I can have the next flowers:
So pretty and delicate!
 This one might appear in my garden one day too... The jury is still out on whether my plant survived the winter:
Big poofy red flowers
I can't​ wait to get back out there!