Saturday morning garden

I have not been in the garden very much lately, with jury duty and other recent activities. The garden hasn't missed me.

The German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) I grew from seed and planted everywhere have started to bloom.

2009-06-06; Matricaria recutita

So too has the mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii). So far, I'm not impressed with the fragrance. Considering the overall non-utility of his plant during the rest of the year, it might have to go.

2009-06-06; Fuchsia + Philadelphus

The Fuchsia dangling flowers above it, however, stays.

2009-06-06; Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba'


Spring is pretty much over, as the Clarkia bottae will attest.

2009-06-06; Clarkia bottae

2009-06-06; Clarkia bottae

Attesting even more strongly, Madia elegans. Is it very idiosyncratic of me to love this native tarweed so much? It blooms all summer, in to late fall. The fragrance is incredible.

2009-06-06; Madia elegans

I can't wait for the fall asters to start flowering...

Some late-planted Triteleia laxa.

2009-06-06; Triteleia laxa

Senecio cristobalensis' flowers are nothing to get excited about (or even take a picture of), but the plant has certain other features that make it worthy.

2009-06-06; Senecio cristobalensis

Next year I want more Watsonia.

2009-06-06; Watsonia

Many more!

2009-06-06; Watsonia

Some wider views.





Anonymous said...

I think that having your garden not miss you when you're gone is one of the greatest possible markers of gardening success. Whenever I'm away from mine or even three or four days, the weeds become monstrous.

Wicked Gardener said...

Wow- beautiful. I love the fuchsia. Thought it was a brugmansia at first. I'm researching the watsonia. It looks great.

Christopher C. NC said...

The fall asters? Please, it hasn't even really gotten warm yet. I need summer first.

I am currently feeling there are distinct advantages to a managable sized wildflower meadow.

Jenn said...

Senecio is such an interesting species. So many very different variations on that theme...

(listening to jazz, can you tell?)

Jenn said...

Do you know which Watsonia that is? Looks like it might be a candidate for trying here in Phoenix!

I'm always happy to find a new plant I can trial here.

Ben said...

You have a very lush meadow garden. The watsonia in your garden is a very lovely flower!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Your garden sure does look happy! It's too bad your Mock Orange doesn't have a much fragrance. I have one blooming now, I wish I could remember the variety the leaves are yellow/gold, and it smells so good.
I love the Watsonia.

Jan said...

You've a beautiful garden, I enjoyed those photos!

Les said...

The senecio reminds me of kiwi foliage, which if I had room would grow even if it did not fruit. Your garden looks very nice.

Frances said...

Hi Chuck, the chamomile photo is superb! I planted those this year too, not blooming yet but the plants look good. Out with the mockorange! Your garden is too full of gems to give space to a non performer like that. The senecio is worthy though, yummy, I want to pet it. The fuchsia is a star. Mine is looking good, but no flowers yet, or buds. Missed you terribly in Chicago.

Unknown said...

I just had an "a ha!" moment while looking at your blog. Next year I'm going to put my big terracotta pots underneath the little overhang on my garage, and attach your twine ropes to eye bolts I'll put up on the overhang. Voila! Runner beans, sweet peas and more... :)

Oh, and I adore that watsonia. Not so fond of the madia, though (I have an issue with yellow) but now that you mention it is fragrant I can definitely understand!

EAL said...

I love my mock orange's fragrance but it is true that it's kind of a nondescript plant the rest of the year. Mine is trained over a trellis though, which does give it some purpose.

The chamomile are lovely.

Jennifer MacNeill said...

What a beautiful garden! Loved the photos.

Germi said...

I have never met Senecio cristobal-lala before! Beautiful - did you grow her from seed? I must have one! Who cares about flowers hen there's all that fuzzy redness to ooo and aaaah about!

Beautiful late spring garden you got there, Chuckb!