Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CANNAAAA! (September 2015 Foliage Follow-up)

I don't need a lot of words when I have these:
"Would you say I have a plethora of Canna Flambe?"

Canna 'Flambe' being awesome

Canna 'Flambe', awesome-er

Flopping over and still painfully awesome

Bloomin' awesome (you see what I did there??)

'Lest you think I'm a Canna snob, I am also in love with the Yucca 'Lonestar'. The leaves are a little wider and a brighter than the traditional softleaf Yucca:
Yucca 'Lonestar', with Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' photobombing in the background
I'm looking forward to seeing how tall they'll get; one of the things I love about the more common Yucca is how they can be cleaned up to have a trunk as they mature. They look very Seussian, and we need more of that in this world.

I'll definitely be planting more of these...perhaps near the Canna! (Gasp!!! This is just like the first time peanut butter and chocolate were combined!)

And last but not least, my Salvia elegans 'Golden Delicious': they're bright, cheery and adorable whether they ever bloom or not:
Salvia elegans 'Golden Delicious'
I love the different hues of charteuse!

That's right: the foliage trifecta
Thanks SO much to Pam Penick for hosting the Foliage Follow-Up every month, and more importantly helping us all shine a spotlight on the "supporting cast" of our gardens, that are really stealing the show!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, September 2015

I abruptly lost all interest in spending time outside. It just got intolerably hot and humid, so other than turning the soaker hoses on and off I've pretty much been ignoring the garden since my last post.

That said, even though I've temporarily given up on my garden, my garden hasn't given up on me: it shares blooms, so I share blooms!

First and foremost, I have to give 'props to my Salvia 'Amistad'. I transplanted all 3 of them in August, and they not only survived but are blooming profusely:
Salvia 'Amistad' post-August transplant
I've never grown this variety before, and I'm impressed by both the color and the vigor. They're a little spindly from having been planted in partial shade - I was hoping they'd take after Salvia 'Black and Blue' in that regard, but not so much. I look forward to seeing how they do next year, with more sun.

Speaking of Salvia transplants, I have 6 Salvia 'Van Houetii' that I've moved at least 3 times since I planted them in the Spring. They really struggled to get established after the 2nd time, but this past weekend I was relieved to see a few blooms:
Salvia 'Van Houetti'
My last new Salvia to bloom is 'Puerto de la Zorra'. I have two shrubs with tons of blooms on the way, so this is just a preview of what's to come:
Salvia 'Puerto de la Zorra'
It isn't all Salvias...

I threw some more fertilizer at my Brugmansia 'Double White' just to see if the first time was a fluke, but sure enough it bloomed profusely again! They sure are weird looking, but I love that they're so compliant: you feed, I bloom.
Brugmansia 'Double White'
I saved the best for last, though. My Canna 'Flambe', which I bought solely for the foliage, is blooming too!
Canna 'Flambe' in bloom
I love the orange! They've spread and have gotten crazy-tall, some falling over. I'll post those pictures for Foliage Follow-Up!

Thanks so much to May Dreams Gardens for hosting this every month! It's such a treat to see everyone's gorgeous gardens!