Archive for May, 2013

Late May Update

May 30, 2013

Before anything, I’ve got to post this:

All together now: "Awwwww" ...

All together now: “Awwwww” …

This squirrel, one of a litter of young squirrels that have shown up in my yard, is all tuckered out in the near-100-degree heat.

Now for something completely different (gardening!). The wildflowers are spent and have been mostly removed, and it’s the sages’ turn:

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In the foreground is the lovely lovely Winifred Gilman Sage (Salvia clevelandii ‘Winifred Gilman’), now the focal point of the garden. In the background is the Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii), having just about doubled in size since last year. Here it is in June of 2012:

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It’s responded well to the removal of the Italian Cypress, whose shadow limited its growth so much! I probably should have pruned it a bit last fall, but I was so eager for it to grow out I was afraid to interfere. Well, it did get just as big as Rob said it would (though I didn’t believe him)!  I will do some moderate pruning this coming fall to shape it a little more, and to keep it from completely overwhelming the poor Douglas Irises.

More sage pictures:

Winifred Gilman

Winifred Gilman

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The Mexican Sage in the foreground is starting to bloom.

The Mexican Sage in the foreground is starting to bloom.

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Winifred Gilman

Winifred Gilman

Winifred Gilman

Winifred Gilman

Winifred Gilman closeup

Winifred Gilman closeup

 

Then there is my White Sage (Salvia apiana) that has finally bloomed very nicely:

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Closeup of blossoms

Closeup of blossoms

 

The lovely Purple Three-awn grasses (Aristida purpurea)  have grown in so nicely:

Purple three-awn in the back; in the foreground: Epilobium septentrionalis 'Select Mattole' (a prostrate fuchsia), and to the left  Muhlenbergia rigens (deer grass)

Purple three-awn in the back; in the foreground: Epilobium septentrionalis ‘Select Mattole’ (a prostrate fuchsia), and to the left Muhlenbergia rigens (deer grass)

My (relatively) new Allen Chickering Sage (Salvia ‘Allen Chickering’) is still looking funny to me (a lot of yellow leaves) but is actually blooming, a rarity for the first year:

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Here’s the full area around the succulent bowl, including the Winifred Gilman, Allen Chickering, and a tiny Salvia compacta that’s been overwhelmed by the Winifred:

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My Red Columbine (Aquilegia elegantula) seems to be thriving now under the pine tree near the house. I was worried it would not make it, but it looks wonderful:

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The whole area near the house is filling in nicely:

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I have a new plant, too, given to me by Pat Overby, my original native gardening muse, with whom I had a recent consultation. (I’ll report on that in  a later post.) She contributed several plants to my collection. The most spectacular is this lovely Blue Throatwort (Trachelium caeruleum). It’s not a native, but is of Mediterranean origin and does well in our climate:

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Pat also provided me with three new milkweeds, which I have planted on the side of the house, in a place where I can see them through my kitchen window. They are quite small at present, but they surprised me by having two Monarch caterpillars on them! One was on such a bare plant I didn’t think it would survive, and I transferred it to one of my other milkweeds. The other continues to do well on the largest of the three.

I have some more caterpillar news, but I’ll defer that discussion to another post. Suffice it to say that the Monarchs have found my new milkweeds quite interesting!

Finally, one of my Seaside Daisies (Erigeron glaucus), at the base of the mound, has presented me with some blossoms (the other one does not seem so happy):

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