In the meantime, we had a day off from trial yesterday and I used it to visit the Blake Garden in Kensington.
Some kind of Eryngium, planted to look like volunteers in the path, or actual volunteers?
The garden has a new red bench.
The red trim stands out from faraway.
Would you frame the view with red flowers?
The flower and vegetable garden was mostly flowers.
With an emphasis on poppies right now--hundreds of them, from 2 to 6 feet tall.
I was excited to find this plant, Canary Balm or Balm of Gilead, (Cedronella canariensis), that I'm growing from seed right now.
The genus name is a diminutive of Cedrus, but there is no connection between these soft herbaceous perennials of the mint family and the large coniferous cedars except for the sweetly aromatic smell of their crushed leaves, which might be likened to that of cedar's aromatic wood. The genus consists of a single species endemic to the Canary Islands. Its distinctive feature is the compound leaves consisting of three leaflets, unusual in the mint family which have mainly simple leaves.Furthermore (paraphrasing): The leafy, cane-like stems to 4' tall rise from a woody base and terminate in dense, short spikes of flowers with tubular 2-lipped blooms of mauve-pink to white flowers, about 3/4 inches (18 mm) long that are borne in summer.
(Several unrelated plants are commonly named Balm of Gilead.)
I think I should sow a few more seeds. The plant develops a lax, open habit with the lanky flower stems. I was envisioning something more dense. Seeds came from the CalHort seed exchange. I thought the flowers would be nice in bouquets with roses.
I didn't catch the name of the rose. Suggestions so far include 'Don Juan', 'Black Magic', and 'Valentine'.