New Plants For Fall Planting/Huh. How 'Bout That?
A trip to a local nursery brought some new plants to the garden. Neoregelia 'Donger'. ('Donger'?!?) Fills that planter bed up, finally.
Did I already blog Croton 'Mammy'? ('Mammy'?!? I didn't choose these plants for their names.) Not sure where to put it. It likes warm, but not full sun; and warm, dry soil in winter. Hmm...condemned to be a house plant? That will kill the poor thing.
New own-root rose 'Burgundy Iceberg' to replace the monster old Fuchsia that was always sun-fried every summer. The Fuchsia had roots as thick as my wrists. Cuttings of the old monster Fuchsia, freshly rooted, live on in shadier spots. I ended up moving the rose a little to the right, so it would get slightly more sun--misjudged the spot a bit. This whole area is green foliage plus pink, orange, and white flowers. I'm doing my best to impose color discipline, finally.
2017 seems to be the year of Eremophilas here. I managed to be completely unaware of Eremophilas until this year; now the garden hosts four of them, including this new one, E. hygrophana 'Blue Bells'. I thought at first it was a Leucophyllum frutescens, they look very similar. Convergent evolution? Western Australia is the home to one, Northern Mexico and Texas to the other.
Pretty flowers, silvery foliage. Likes dry. It's getting dry. That spot has killed a few plants already--hopefully its not too dry.
A new Grevillea hybrid I've been wanting to try: 'King's Fire'. No flowers yet; another one at the nursery was covered with buds, but I liked the look of this one. Secund flower (with all the parts grouped on one side or turned to one side, like a toothbrush) and deep red opening to orange-red. The leaves are more needle-like than 'Superb's.
In the garden, still cutting back and cleaning up for a prettier autumn. I used to leave everything until January and it made for two months of very ugly. Our nearly endless growing season allows for continued growth until a brief, not-every-year rest for a week or two in January.
The Salvias 'Amistad' and 'Waverly' were huge. I cut them both back very hard which left a void. They got some fertilizer and a generous soaking to bring them back quickly.
The what-the-heck moment was finding this on a Ligustrum shrub:
At first I thought it was a piece of plastic blown in by the wind. It's actually a structure made of beeswax. It was attached to a branch of the Ligustrum and there were drips and smears of wax on the leaves and twigs of the branch. Were bees swarming here, making a temporary home? Huh. How 'bout that?