August Bloom Day
I did not set out to create trite pairings of yellow an mauve, it just happened that way. (It's either Christopher Lloyd or Gertrude Jekyll who bemoans that color combination. I can't remember which of them, but I've been reading both recently.) At any rate, it looks better in real life.
I think I prefer these yellows and mauves separately. Yellow asters:
(I confess that I took most of these pictures yesterday before the morning fog burnt off. Until I got to the computer, I thought today was the 15th, not tomorrow. Anyhow, nothing has changed since two days ago, I assure you.)
More yellow. This Oenothera came in a seed packet without any specific information, so I don't know what it is.
It's nice and quite fragrant in that Oenothera way.
More yellow, also fragrant (but in a very different way). Menzelia lindleyi, more like a lemon or something.
Yellow dahlia w/ a glimpse of RED in the background.
I grew this Asclepias curassavica from seed a couple years ago. It's much more vigorous in 2009 than it was in 2008. At any rate, it's easy from seed. I have never seen any butterflies or caterpillars on this plant; it probably needs more exposure for that. Bugs apparently prefer Echium pininana...
Pale blue and a bit of dew...
I'm kind of falling in love with the genus Arctotis recently. You can get them in a 1-g pot for $6-7; or, half of that like I do if you're willing to buy a run-down plants that need some simple renovation. I have four different cv's now. This one, I've convinced myself, is quite sophisticated (never mind all the bug chewings).
How about this for some unseasonal surprise...
Two years in a row, the scarlet runner bean 'Sunset' has not been terribly florific or productive in my hands. Two vines make a handful of beans every day or two. Next year I'm trying the pink-flowering form, and if that one doesn't produce, I'm going back to 'Scarlet Emperor' in 2011. You've got to think about the future.
If florific is what you want, I recommend going with this guy, Cobaea scandens:
At least in San Francisco--it's very florific, pretty much all year long. Frances grows this plant now too. She reported finding flower buds recently, and I'm eager to see if the flowers appear in her Bloom Day post this month. In the meantime, it's time for a little rest.
For more Bloom Day posts, you know where to go.