Archive | June, 2016

Anna’s perambulations, 8:15, June26th, 2016

27 Jun

All this happened in our new little courtyard area…

A little female came buzzing up to within a few feet of me, first checking out each flower on the “yellow” flowered Mimulus ‘Tropicana’

Next she visited a couple of flowers on the Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’ just below it, including a couple of empty sepals without a flower in them

Next she visited a couple of flowers on the little red Salvia coccinea ‘Summer Jewel Red’

This is one of my favorite combinations this year- the Salvia, a coral and white Pelargonium hybrid (geranium), and the lavender blue Viola cornuta hybrid. Linaria ‘Flamenco’ is on the left and a white flowered Osteospermum daisy with a blu center and reversa is to the right. Beautiful combination, if I do say so myself!

Next she flew over to the Cuphea ‘David Verity’

I was hoping she would go to the other little similar red flowered Mimulus in this photo, but she was chased off the Cuphea after visiting a couple of flowers, by a male with a nice full gorget!

Not sure which hummer it was, but this morning I also watched a hummer in this corner  visit the Ecremocarpus scaber, a fuchsia hybrid, and then flew off through the shrubbery. I think s/he noticed me sitting there and got spooked…

What’s blooming, June 15th, 2016

16 Jun

Wow, it’s been so long since I posted one of these… Missed all the late winter and spring stuff entirely, lol. Now I have a ton of annuals in life blooming, and a few returnees of course. Last winter was pretty mild temp wise, though we got more rain than ever before. Many things survived I wasn’t expecting- some of the hanging baskets from last year have Cuphea blooming that overwintered! Unreal… The wet wasn’t kind to other things though, no surprise there. Agastachd bit it for the most part, may have one left, lol.

I also kind of overdid the annual thing this year… Spent wayyyy too much, but have some cool stuff to show for it. I may have to do a post of just pics of some of the more interesting pots we put together, and one of the little courtyard we did from salvaged pavers.

So, here is what is blooming in my garden today, sun finally came out, morning was cold but it’s warmer now, in time for the sun to go down over the hill, lol.

Abutilon megapotamicum hybrid

Achillea millefolium

Allium cernuum

Aquilegia formosa

Anturrhinum majus ‘Rocket’

Bacopa monieri (lavender)

Barbarea orthocerus

Barbarea vulgaris

Begonia hybrid

Begonia ‘Non-Stop’ (red, yellow and pink edged white)

Beloperome guttata

Berlandiera lyrata (chocolate flower)

Bignonia capreolata ‘Tanterine Beauty’

Buddleia davidii ‘Dark Knight’

Calendula officinalis

Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Cherry Cartwheel’

Calibrachoa ‘Aloha Midnight Blue’

Campanula persicifolia

Campanula portenschlageana

Chamerion (Epilobium) angustifolium

Chrysanthemum leucanthemum

Chrysanthemum partheniacum

Claytonia sibirica


Corydalis scouleri

Cuphea ignea

Cuphea ‘Vermillionaire’

Cyclamen hybrid

Dahlia hybrid (white cactus type)

Dahlia ‘Fireworks mix’ (yellow with red stripes)

Dianthus ‘Super Trouper Red Velvet’

Dianthus ‘Super Trouper Velvet+White’

Dicentra formosa

Erigeron karvinskianus ‘Profusion’

Erigeron philadelphicus

Fragaria vesca ‘Alba Dolce’

Fragaria vesca ‘Pineapple Crush’ (white berries!)

Fragaria ‘Shuksan’

Fuchsia campos-portoi

Fuchsia ‘Balcon Koenig’

Fuchsia ‘Jack Shahan’

Fuchsia magelanica (gram’s)   

Fuchsia magelanica ‘Alice Hoffman’

Fuchsia magelanica ‘Eden Rock’

Fuchsia magelanica ‘molinae’

Fuchsia magelanica (red leaf form)

Fuchsia magelanica ‘Rufous’

Fuchsia magelanica ‘Whiteknights Amethyst’

Fuchsia ‘Marinka’

Fuchsia ‘Mistress Birdie’

Fuchsia ‘San Carlos’

Fuchsia triphylla ‘Mary’

Fuchsia ‘Queen Elizabeth’

Geranium robertianum

Heliotropium arborescens

Hemerocallis ‘

Hydroplylla capitata

Impatiens hawkeri ‘Celebrette Orchid Star’

Impatiens noli-tangere

Impatiens (purple floweredq perenial)

Jasminum (officinale?)

Kalanchoe hybrid

Lactuca muralis

Lantana camara ‘Athen’s Rose’

Lantana ‘Lucky Lemon Glow’

Lavendula agustifolia

Lespedeza? Linaria purpurea ‘Flamenco’

Liriope (black leaved)

Lonicera periclymenum

Lychnis coronaria

Mellisa officinalis 

Mimulus cardinalis

Mimulus cardinalis ‘Yellow Form’

Mimulus ‘Grenadine’

Mimulus guttatus

Myosotis laxa

Nicotinana Hybrid

Ocimum basilicum ‘Greek’

Oenanthe sarmentosa

Osteospermum ecklonis ‘Summertime Kardinal’

Osteospermum ‘White’

Oxalis regnelli

Oxalis triangularis

Oxalis (weedy one)

Pelargonium graveolens (citronella scented geranium)

Pelargonium (Ivy leaf with white flowers and red nectar lines)

Pelargonium hybrid (coral and white)

Penstemon ‘Catherine de la Mar’

Penstemon x mexicali ‘Red Rocks’

Philadelphus lewisii ‘Goose Creek’

Plantago sp

Potentilla gracilis

Primula acaulis hybrid

Ranunculus repens

Rosa chinensis mutabilis

Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’

Rosa ‘Queen Elizabeth’

Rosa hybrid (florist dwarf dark red)

Rosa hbrid (florist orange blend)

Rosa hybrid (florist dwarf white)

Rubus armeniacus

Rumex so

Salvia ‘Amistad’

Salvia coccinea ‘Brenthurst’

Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’

Salvia coccinea ‘Summer Jewel Red’

Salvia elegens ‘Tangerine’

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Bloom’

Salvia longispicata x farinacea ‘Mystic Spires Blue’

Salvia microphyla ‘Hotlips’

Salvia microphyla ‘San Carlos’

Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’

Sanvitalia speciosa ‘Sunvy Top Gold’

Scabiosa alpina

Scabiosa caucasica

Schlumbergera bridgesii

Sedum spathulifolium 

Sinningia sellovii

Sisyrinchium californicum

Sisyrichium (latifolium?)

Solanum ‘Early Girl’ tomato

Tagetes signata ‘Lemon Gem’

Thymus ‘Orange Balsam’

Trapoelum ‘Alaska’

Trifolium alba

Urtica lyallii

Verbena hybrid

Vinca major

Viola cornuta

Viola cornuta ‘Angel Tiger Eyes’

Viola cornuta ‘Black Angel’

Viola cornuta ‘Etain’

Viola cornuta ‘Rebecca’

Viola cornuta ‘White Selection’

Viola labradorica

I’m sure I missed a few, especially among the weeds, but that’s still a pretty impressive list!

Hanging Yuletide Baskets

15 Jun

So for summer I have fuchsia baskets on the back deck. They not only provide flowers for the hummers (this year I made them with both fuchsias and Cuphea ignea, which they seemed to appreciate), they also serve to block a direct flight path to the feeder on the living room window when it’s up.

Since this is much more important in winter when their are fewer flowers in the garden, and the birds rely more heavily on the feeder, I decided to make my own version of what they are selling in the stores right now- Yule baskets of greens, with of course my own twist. *grin*
So, we went to Dollar Tree, cause I really don’t want to spend more than I have to on these. We found a couple of things to make these nicer than the ones in the store. First, the baskets-

I would have preferred a less obtrusive wire basket, but these will work great, and at a buck each, beggars can’t be choosers, lol. These are about 12 inches across at the top.

To hang, I already had some hanging basket things scrounged from somewhere, each with four wires to hang the baskets from-


So, to hang I drilled 4 holes in the rim of each basket, roughly equidistant (doesn’t have to be perfect, just close enough the baskets will hang square).


Now I just need to thread the four wires through the holes so the basket can hang. These were still new and straight in the ends, so I bent them all together first to make it easier to hang them all at the same length-


Poke each wire through the different holes and make a quick loop. I didn’t want to twist these as I do for a heavy basket, as after the season I’ll take em down and store them nested without the wires in them.


Now I just need to wire greens to the outside to make the baskets “grow”. I’ve collected fir branches on my walk home from work, and cut greens from the garden (Oregon grape, Mexican orange, laurel etc, mostly evergreen stuff, but would use red osier twigs if I had them).

*end notes*

Apparently I never finished this post (blush)… And never took a pic of the finished project either, mores The pity! The baskets were covered in greens (cut Oregon grape, Mexican Orange and Grevillea from the garden, plus windfall fir, cedar and hemlock from the woods). I hung a white star from the bottom of each basket. They staid up till late February, lol… By which time the greens were going a bit grey. I had plans to add solar lights to them, but couldn’t figure out how to get the little solar panel up and out of the way. Maybe next year I’ll figure that part out. 
Over all I was pleased with he results. I plan on doing it again next year with the same baskets.