Archive | July, 2014

Golden Salvia coccinea ‘Forest Fire’

30 Jul

So this spring, I found a funny looking little seedling in with the more normal looking Salvia coccinea ‘Forest Fire’ starts-

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I wasn’t absolutely positive, but the little seedling appeared to have gold leaves, so I carefully set it aside for my own use, to pot up and see how it goes.

And low and behold, though it took longer to develop, it does indeed appear to be a gold leaf sport of the more familiar cultivar. Here is what it looks like as it developed-

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Those were from a few weeks ago. It did take longer to fill out and flower, even giving it more sun, and it got chewed on, which most of these have never had a problem with… But even so, it is developing into a beautiful plant!

Today-

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Planted in with it are Lobelia erinus ‘Crystal Palace’, Viola cornuta, a tricolor Pelargonium hybrid I’ve lost the name of, and Fuchsia triphylla ‘Mary’. In the pot behind it, the Oxalis deppei ‘Iron Cross’ is nice with it too, though the pink flowers clash a bit with the bright red. Another plant in the other pot behind it is the gold leafed Agastache foeniculum ‘Golden Jubilee’, that has similarly colored leaves. Makes for a nice grouping.

This is one form of Salvia coccinea I will try and save. It’s growing nicely compact, the leaves are really pretty, and the flowers just as nice as the regular ones.

What’s Blooking- July 25th, 2013

26 Jul

Two days of rain and cooler weather have refreshed a lot of stuff that got rather bedraggled after a week plus of hot dry weather. Hummers are happy with all the flowers out now!

Abutilon megapotamicum
Achillea millefolium
Agastache aurantiaca
Agastache foeniculum ‘Golden Jubilee’
Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’
Agastache ‘Grape Nectar’
Antirrhinum majus ‘Rocket’
Asclepias curassavica
Aster subspicatus
Bacopa monieri
Ballotta nigra
Begonia ‘Sparkle’
Bidens humilis ‘Pirate’s Pearl’
Brassica oleracea
Buddleia davidii ‘Dark Knight’
Campanula carpatica ‘Blue Chip’
Cerinthe major purpurascens
Chrysanthemum coronaria
Chrysanthemum partheniacum
Claytonia sibirica
Clivia miniata
Convolvulus arvensis
Corydalis lutea
Corydalis solida ‘Blue Heron’
Cuphea cyanea ‘Carribean Sunset’
Cuphea ignea
Cuphea ignea ‘Flamingo’
Cuphea ignea ‘Inferno’
Cuphea oreophylla
Dahlia ‘Honka Surprise’
Dahlia hybrid (cactus white)
Say us carrota
Dianthus gratianopolis
Dicentra formosa
Eccremocarpus scaber
Epilobium ciliatum
Escholtzia californica
Fuchsia campos-portoi
Fuchsia speciosa
Fuchsia magelanica ‘molinae’
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Fireworks’
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Mary’
Fuchsia ‘Billy’
Fuchsia ‘Bouffant’
Fuchsia ‘Celebration’
Fuchsia ‘Debron’s Snowfairy’
Fuchsia ‘Display’
Fuchsia ‘Fire Opal’
Fuchsia ‘Flamingo’
Fuchsia ‘Foxgrove Woods’
Fuchsia ‘Golden Herald’
Fuchsia ‘Katjan’
Fuchsia ‘Marinka’
Fuchsia ‘Purpur Klojke’
Fuchsia ‘Queen Elizabeth’
Fuchsia ‘Rufous’
Fuchsia ‘Surprise’
Fuchsia ‘Thilco’
Fuchsia Walz Harp’
Fuchsia ‘Whiteknights Anethyst’
Gladiolus hybrids
Heliotropium arborescens
Huechera sanguinea ‘Firefly’
Huecherella ‘Cracked Ice’
Impatiens capensis
Impatiens noli-tangere
Impatiens ‘Fusion Peach Frost’
Incarvillea delavayi
Lamium maculatum ‘Pink Pewter’
Lantana camara ‘Peach Sunrise’
Lathyrus
Lespedeza thunbergii
Liatris spicata
Lilium ‘Stargazer’
Lilium (oriental type, peach flushed flowers)
Lobelia erinus ‘Crystal Palace’
Lobelia erinus ‘Sapphire’
Lonicera japonica ‘Pink Lemonade’
Lonicera ‘Sulphurea’
Lychnis coronaria
Malva moschata
Meconopsis cambrica
Medicago sativa
Mellisa citriodora
Mentha himalayensis
Mentha suaveolens ‘Chocolate’
Mimulus cardinalis
Mimulus guttatus
Mirabilis jalapa ‘Limelight’
Mitraria coccinea
Myosotis laxa
Nemesia ‘Compact Innocense’
Ocimum basilicum ‘Magic Mountain’
Ocimum basilicum (Thai)
Origanum vulgare
Origanum vulgare ‘variegata’
Osteospermum ‘Summertime Sweet Blue Sunrise’
Oxalis deppei
Oxalis nelsoniana
Oxalis triangularis
Pelargonium hybrids
Pentas lanceolata
Plantago major
Primula acaulis
Rosa chinensis mutabilis
Rosa ‘Elizabeth’
Rubus armeniacus
Salvia coccinea ‘Forest Fire’
Salvia coccinea ‘Tall Form’
Salvia elegans ‘Honeymellon’
Salvia elegans ‘Tangerine’
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Salvia microphylla ‘Hotlips’
Salvia microphylla ‘Cerro Potosi’
Salvia ‘Amistad’
Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’
Scabiosa japonica alpina
Schizanthus grahamii
Senecio hybrid
Sidalcea hendersonii
Sisymbrium altissimum
Solidago canadensis
Stachys coccinea ‘Hidalgo’
Stachys cooleyae
Streptocarpella saxorum
Tagetes signata (lemon type)
Tagetes signata ‘Starfire’
Thymus citriodora
Tropaeolum majus ‘Alaska’
Trifolium alba (Red Dragon type)
Verbena hybrids
Viola cornuta

Mimulus cardinalis

19 Jul

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Last year I got a couple of pots of this beautiful California native. I put the main plant in a shallow bowl (one of those “color bowls” they often sell in spring, with primroses and mini daffodils and such), and have been watering it every day for the last two summers to keep this riparian plant hydrated. In turn, it has rewarded me with a heavy flowering bowl with these odd shaped trumpet flowers the local hummers adore! Often the hummers will visit this and the ‘Hotlips’ salvia before heading the the feeder to tank up.

In the wild, from what I gather, this is a stream side species. In the garden it just likes to stay moist. Unlike its cousin the Pink Monkeyflowers (Mimulus lewisii), this one doesn’t seem to mind stagnant water, so is a little easier to deal with than that one. I’ve got plans for a water bowl, and I think this will be a star performer in that, with cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), and maybe a water lily or something. Maybe some wapato (Sagitari latifolia) for height.

Oddly, the one I planted in the ground isn’t happy, probably because it doesn’t get much water. I may have to move it to a wetter part of the garden, maybe under a birdbath or something. Research says it prefers sun over shade, so that may limit where I can move it to though.

At any rate, I don’t know how easy or difficult this is for others, but for me it sailed through the 18 degree cold snaps last winter, in a pot no less, and is doing beautifully again this summer, and attracting hummers just as much as before!

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One final note on caring for these- like most monkeyflowers, these are prolific seed producers. I don’t know how well they will reseed, though I suspect aggressively if left to their own devices. But I choose to deadhead them carefully to keep them flowering longer. In this photo, see the one with the filament sticking out?

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That filament is the old pistil, now drying up as the flower has been fertilized and the energy is going into the large ovary. I pop these off as soon as I see them to keep it flowering longer.

Anyway, I think this is an excellent plant for anyone on the West Coast especially, that wants to attract Anna’s hummingbirds. It is certainly a favorite of them in my garden!

What’s blooming- July 11th, 2014

11 Jul

Beautiful sunny week… Way too damn hot for this Seattlite, lol. Running around in nothing but shorts all week. Watering every damned day too… But the garden is looking decent for the most part. Unfortunately the weeds are growing faster than the flowers, and in this heat I have no energy for weeding.

Achillea millefolium
Agastache aurantiaca
Agastache for icum ‘Golden Jubilee’
Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’
Agastache ‘Grape Nectar’
Antirrhinum majus ‘Rocket’
Asclepias curassavica
Bacopa monieri
Ballotta nigra
Barbarea vulgaris
Begonia ‘Nonstop White’
Begonia ‘Sparkle’
Belaperome guttata
Bidens humilis ‘Pirate’s Pearl’
Buddleia davidii ‘Dark Knight’
Campanula carpatica ‘Blie Chip’
Campanula persicifolia
Campanula rotundifolia
Canna patens
Cerinthe major purpurascens
Chrysanthemum coronaria
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
Chrysanthemum partheniacum
Claytonia sibirica
Clematis cirrhosa
Clivia miniata
Cuphea cyanea ‘Carribean Sunset’
Cuphea ignea
Cuphea ignea ‘Flamingo’
Cuphea microphylla
Cupjea ‘Inferno’
Dahlia (old cactus flowered white one)
Dianthus caryophyllus ‘
Dicentra formosa (Pink Diamond form)
Eccremocarpus scaber
Epilobium angustifolium
Epilobium ciliatum
Eriophyllum lanatum
Escholtzia californica
Fuchsia campos-portoi
Fuchsia magellanica ‘aurea’
Fuchsia magelanica ‘molinae’
Fuchsia magellanica ‘ricartonii’ (Gram’s)
Fuchsia speciosa
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Fireworks’
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Mary’
Fuchsia ‘Belle of Salem’
Fuchsia ‘Billy’
Fuchsia ‘Celebration’
Fuchsia ‘Cloth of Gold’
Fuchsia ‘Debron’s Snow Fairy’
Fuchsia ‘Display’
Fuchsia ‘Foxgrove Wood’
Fuchsia ‘Katjan’
Fuchsia ‘Marinka’
Fuchsia ‘Misty Pink’
Fuchsia ‘Purpur Klojke’
Fuchsia ‘Queen Elizabeth’
Fuchsia ‘Rufus’
Fuchsia ‘Sunrise’
Fuchsia ‘Thilco’
Fuchsia ‘Walz Harp’
Fuchsia ‘Whiteknight’s Amethyst’
Gladiolus ‘Plum Shades’
Gladiolus (yellow)
Glyceria grandis
Heliotropium arborescens
Heuchera coccinea ‘Firefly’
Impatiens capensis
Impatiens noli-tangere
Impatiens ‘Fusion Peach Frost’
Incarvillea delavayi
Lantana camara
Lapsana communis
Lathyrus sp
Lavendula angustifolia
Lespedeza thunbergii
Lilium (orange shades)
Lobelia erinus ‘Crystal Palace’
Lobelia erinus ‘Sapphire’
Lonicera japonica ‘Pink Lemonaid’
Lonicera ‘sulphurea’
Lychnis coronaria
Malva moschata
Medicago sativa
Mellissa citriodora
Mentha himalayensis
Mimulus cardinalis
Mimulus guttatus
Mirabilis jalapa ‘Limelight’
Myosotis laxa
Myosotis pauciflora
Nasturtium ‘Alaska’
Nemesia ‘Compact Innocense’
Nicotiana ‘Knightiana’
Ocimum basilicum ‘Magic Mountain’
Ocimum basilicum (Thai)
Oenothera missouriensis
Osteospermum ‘Summertime Sweet Blue Sunrise’
Oxalis deppei
Oxalis nelsoniana
Oxalis oregana
Pelargonium hybrid ‘Red Velvet’
Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Electric Blue’
Pentas lanceolata
Philadelphus lewisii ‘Goose Creek’
Plantago major
Potentilla anserina
Potentilla gracilis
Prunella vulgaris
Rosa chinensis mutabilis
Rosa ‘Elizabeth’
Rubus dioicus
Salvia coccinea ‘Forest Fire’
Salvia coccinea (‘Forest Fire’ gold form)
Salvia coccinea ‘lady in Red’
Salvia coccinea “Tall form”
Salvia elegans ‘Homeymellon’
Salvia elegans ‘Tangerine’
Salvia microphylla ‘Hotlips’
Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’
Schizanthus grahamii
Schlembergera hybrid
Sedum alba
Senecio cineraria
Stachys coccinea ‘Hidalgo’
Stachys cooleyae
Streptocarpella saxorum
Tagetes signata
Tagetes ‘Disco Orange’
Thymus citriodora
Trifolium alba
Urtica dioica
Verbena hybrids
Viola adunca
Viola cornuta
Viola x wittrockiana

Happy 4th of July!

4 Jul

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Fuchsia triphylla ‘Fireworks’ with Lobelia erinus ‘Crystal Palace’, Trifolium alba and a blue faced white pansy, Viola x wittrockiana hybrid

Quite festive in a pot, no?

Cucumber Salad with Rosemary, Lime and Pear dressing

4 Jul

This was one of those, “we need to use these” kinds of things… We have a bunch of cucumbers in the fridge from the market that we wanted to make sure to use before they get funky, and the weather has been so hot that a salad sounded good. So, I have no idea the quantities of things, but this is what we put in it;

Cucumbers (3 kinds: English Cuke, pickling cukes, and a smooth skinned salad type)
Asparagus (tops diced into half inch sections)
Radish (thin sliced)

And for the dressing:
Walden Farm’s Pear Whote Balsamic Vinaigrette
Lime (2 limes, zest and juice)
Fresh Rosemary (one sprig simply pulled the leaves off and tossed it in, the other I minced the leaves to release more of the flavor)

We pretty much just chopped and dumped everything into the bowl, then tossed with the dressing. Turned out rather well, if I do say so myself. The Walden Farms dressings are a little overly sweet on their own, but with the lime and rosemary to cut it, it works well.

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We will definitely be doing this again! Well, assuming we can get the pear dressing, it’s hard to find.

What’s Blooming- June 25th, 2014

2 Jul

For a week where it was supposed to rain all week, it’s been rather nice. Overcast, rain some nights, but sunny by noon and warm to getting hot now. Well, for Seattle, lol.

Achillea millefolium
Agastache aurantiaca
Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’
Agastache ‘Grape Nectar’
Antirrhinum majus ‘Rocket’
Begonia ‘Sparkle’
Belloperome guttata
Bidens humilis ‘Pirate’s Pearl’
Barbarea vulgaris
Campanula carpatica
Campanula rotundifolia
Cardamine hirsuta
Carex deweyana
Chrysanthemum coronaria
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
Chrysanthemum partheniacum
Claytonia sibirica
Clivia miniata
Coreopsis auriculata ‘nana’
Corydalis lutea
Corydalis scouleri
Corydalis solida ‘Blue Herron’
Cuphea cyanea ‘Carribean Sunset’
Cuphea ignea
Cuphea ignea ‘Flamingo’
Cuphea micropetala
Dicentra formosa
Eccremocarpus scaber
Epilobium ciliatum
Eriophyllum lanatum
Escholtzia californica
Fragaria vesca
Fuchsia campos-portoi
Fuchsia magelanica ‘molinae’
Fuchsia speciosa
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Fireworks’
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Mary’
Fuchsia ‘Belle of Salem’
Fuchsia ‘Celebration’
Geranium robertianum
Heliotropium arborescens
Heracleum lanatum
Huechera americana (plum pudding type)
Huechera micrantha ‘Palace Purple’
Huechera sanguinea ‘Firefly’
Huecherella ‘Cracked Ice’
Hypericum perforatum
Impatiens capensis
Impatiens noli-tangere
Jasminum stephanense
Lactica muralis
Lamium maculatum ‘Ghost’
Lamium maculatum ‘Pink Pearl’
Lavendula angustifolia
Lavendula viridis
Lespedeza thunbergii
Lobelia erinus ‘Crystal Palace’
Lobelia erinus ‘Sapphire’
Lonicera ‘sulphurea’
Lychnis coronaria
Malva moschataw
Medicago sativa
Mellissa citriodora
Mentha himalayensis
Mentha ‘Chocolate’
Mimulus guttatus
Mitraria coccinea
Myosotis laxa
Myosotis pauciflora
Nemesia ‘Compact Innocense’
Nicotiana x ‘Knightiana’
Ocimum basilicum ‘Magic Mountain’
Ocimum basilicum (Thai)
Oenanthe sarmentosa
Osteospermum ‘Summertime Sweet Blue Sunrise’
Oxalis deppei ‘Iron across’
Oxalis nelsoniana
Oxalis oregana
Oxalis triangularis
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker’s Red’
Philadelphus lewisii ‘Goose Creek’
Philadelphus (Mom’s)
Plantago major
Primula acaulis
Ranunculus repens
Rosa chinensis ‘mutabilis’
Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’
Rubus dioicus
Salvia coccinea ‘Forest Fire’
Salvia coccinea ‘Tall form’
Salvia elegans ‘Honeymellon’
Salvia elegans ‘Tangerine’
Salvia microphylla ‘Hotlips’
Salvia patens ‘Cobalt’
Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’
Simphytum ‘Bressingham Blue’
Stachys cooleyae
Schizanthus grahamii
Sidalcea hendersonii
Streptocarpella saxorum
Sysimbrium altissimum
Tagetes signata ‘Disco Orange’
Tellima grandiflora
Thymus citriodora
Trifolium alba (Red Dragon type)
Urtica dioica
Viola adunca
Viola cornuta