I went to the monthly plant sale at the San Francisco Botanical Garden this morning just to buy this one plant, Cuphea pinetorum.
I saw it was going to be included in the sale when I went by the Garden on Wednesday after work. They start setting up the sales as early as Wednesday. For a preview, Friday is even better.
Although I only came for one plant, you know I bought more...
I thought it would look good next to Madia elegans already in my garden.
Purple and yellow are good together, and experts advise combining like forms with different colors.
Penstemon centranthifolius--another Southern California native.
I like how the flowers seem to hang on little beads.
The leaves are lanceolate and glaucus-green with stems that turn purple.
And, finally, I got this Aeonium that I really should have bought years ago.
Altogether with my member discount, I think it came to $36 and change.
Anyhow, back home in the garden of plants that I already have, this Lilium 'Red Velvet' opened the other day.
Old House Gardens included it in last year's fall sampler. I was skeptical when it arrived, but I like it so much I'm going to include three pictures of it in this post.
The orange pollen is perfect.
With recent warm weather, the cup-and-saucer vine flowers (Cobaea scandens) are opening all up and down the vine.
And the vine itself is becoming an attractive garden feature. I recently removed the dead foliage on the lower parts, and now I can see these layers of quarter-inch thick jungle-y rope.
The pressure-treated wood negates any kind of jungle vibe, but the stem wood is appealing.
For the most part, the garden is warm and dry with lots of grays, light greens, and browns.
Garden scents include Madia elegans and this Salvia clevelandii.
Speaking of scents, this Critter Ridder product from Havahart seems to have worked to ward off raccoons for the last few days. It's mostly ground black pepper, pepper oils, and capsaicin. I was tempted to taste it, but did not.
I used the whole bottle and sprinkled it everywhere including along the fence. It's only supposed to work for 30 days. It's too expensive to apply every 30 days, so I hope it works longer. (I probably exceeded the application instructions by using the whole bottle, but I was desperate.)
And now for a short Bloom Day preview.