11/24/09

The garden of scarce blog posts

I apologize for the scarcity of blog posts recently, but I've been distracted by non-garden stuff. I'm not as tweeting much either.

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The garden really slows down this year and it's tempting to think "nothing is happening". Also, the light is mediocre most of the time. There's a very narrow time interval when you can take pictures.

Arctostaphylos bakeri 'Louis Edmunds'

You can see what I mean from the deck.

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But things are happning; there's no confusion about that.

Mushrooms

I learned about the crimson-flowering fava beans from Michelle.

Vicia faba

I forgot the name of this tiny Gladiolus

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Echium pininana may be the closest thing this garden will ever get to a "structural plant". I have five of them in the ground, and sixth one on the way. The first batch grew vigorously from fresh seed, but seed sown later seems less so.

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Anyway, they grow straight up and become towering spikes of blue flowers in the spring and summer. I'm not sure if that will happen in 2010 or not, so I have a wait-and-see approach.

Lots of things are sprouting from the ground, besides mushrooms.

Poppies, camissonia

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And some trees have flowers.

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And some of the trees that don't have flowers will have flowers later, like this Ceanothus with Rosa 'Moonlight' climbing up into it,

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an idea that occurred to me while I was writing a note to Frances about what I should do with Rosa 'Moonlight'.

7 comments:

CiNdEe said...

You still have a lot happening there. Have you had frost yet? We have had a few. I wondered about the Angel Trumpet. I have mine in a pot not sure what will happen with it this year.
Mainly we have a lot of leaves falling here!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to you!!!

Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel said...

Stopping by to wish you and Guy a happy turkey day, Chuck....
I can never believe the mushroom crops that appear overnight in my garden. I often think it is the mulch I use, but then they rise up in the gravel, too.
Cheers!
Alice

queerbychoice said...

The time interval for taking photos may be narrower, but the angle of light in that manzanita photo is fantastic.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Is that the base of a palm I see in one of the last few pictures? That would definitely qualify as "sculptural," no? :)

Hope that whatever is distracting you is both interesting and positive, Chuck. Happy Thanksgiving!

lisa said...

I miss you terribly, but it has nothing to do with how frequently you've posted lately. Please have a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday! :)

Annie in Austin said...

Shadows may be weird and the time short but colors are so intense in your garden, Chuck! Love that beanblossom.

My Northern genes make me want to garden in summer but heat & drought don't let us do it then in Texas - now is the time to plant but there are too many other things that must be done now - hope you're happy as well as busy.

Annie

fairegarden said...

Your moonlight looks very happy on the Ceonanthus, Chuck, good idea! Your light, whatever it is now, makes for some lovely shots still. It may be the camera, or the skill of the photographer at reading when the light will reveal the garden's magic. My poor Fuchsia is a tiny stub, it will never look like yours. It might have to have a funeral procession to the compost bin, if I have the intestinal fortitude to do so. Just so you know, the eulogy will be moving.

Frances
ps, the Cobaea lives with no damage after several hard frosts.