Archive for the ‘Gardens’ Category

Common Swallowtail

Friday, July 16th, 2021

How can something so beautiful be common?

The Swallowtail visited one of my potted milkweed.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Papilio zelicaon
Wikipedia–Anise Swallowtail

Images of the Lifecycle of the Anise Swallowtail


Morning Glory

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

Morning Glory


Sansevieria Flowers in Garden

Monday, July 12th, 2021

This is an unkempt section of the courtyard. There are several inches of oak and pine litter that I haven’t had the energy to clean up.

Sansevieria Fireplace

Inside the ‘fireplace’ there are several starts of Trapped Cactus, Sansevieria, and miscellaneous other plants.

Left to their own devices three Sansevieria have flower stems.

Sansevieria Buds

Sansevieria Flowers

Sansevieria Flowers

Not a single Sansevieria potted up inside and cared for, is blooming. Perhaps a plant can be given too much care?


Borage and Damage

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

6/20/21 Folded Small Paper Pots for Planting Seed
Planted a single seed in each paper pot.

50 Borage
10 Black Barlow
5 Nigella

Placed the lot in a plastic pizza container. Covered with Cling Wrap

Borage Planting Notes

Borage Planting Notes

6/25/21 Removed the cling wrap, there were over 25 sprouts.

Borage Planting Flat

Potted them up because the roots from one seedling were growing into the neighbor paper pots.

Borage Planting Flat

6/29/21 Transplanted Some of the Seedlings in the Garden.
Potted up the rest. Finished at nearly noon.

Potted Borage

This is What I found at 3:30

Potted Borage Damage

Potted Borage Damage

Potted Borage Damage

Potted Borage Damage

Potted Borage Damage

6/30/21 What I Found on the Deck Today
The 3 Potted Borage Seedlings I Placed on the Deck

Potted Borage Damage

Potted Borage Damage

Even a succulent start was ripped from its pot.

Succulent Damage

Who is responsible for the damage? Pretty sure it was a California Towhee family.

Audubon–California Towhee

This has been a frustrating year for gardening. My flats have been ripped up, several plants in the greenhouse were shredded. Wildflower and Datura seedlings vanished from the garden.


Hibiscus trionum (Flower-of-an-Hour)

Sunday, June 27th, 2021

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Wikipedia–Hibiscus trionum


Protected Datura

Sunday, June 27th, 2021

The morning after I planted Datura seedlings, I found the leaves eaten and some plants totally missing.

This is a seedling I popped in a pot of evening primrose and morning glories, all protected.

Protected Datura


Pandorea jasminoides

Sunday, June 27th, 2021

Pandorea jasminoides

Pandorea jasminoides

Pandorea jasminoides

After Bee Visitors

Pandorea jasminoides

Pandorea jasminoides

This Morning

Pandorea jasminoides

First glance, I felt a bit frustrated.

Pandorea jasminoides

A closer look…

Pandorea jasminoides Vessel

…it’s a beautiful vessel!


Centaurea cyanus

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

Seventeen Days Between Bud and Flower

The Cornflower ‘Classic Magic’ seed was purchased from Select Seeds.
Centaurea Bud

Centaurea Flower

This appears that it may be a different color.

Centaurea Bud

Centaurea cyanus at Select Seeds


New Growth–Brachychiton

Monday, June 14th, 2021

March 2016, I gathered seed pods from the Home Depot parking lot.

Brachychiton Pods

I planted several seeds. Nine trees survived. The trees are 18″ to 36″ in height. Seven were transplanted next to the garden wall.

Two trees are still in pots. One has some beautiful new growth. I hoped that the buds would become flowers. They chose to become more leaves.

Brachychiton Tree

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Found Brachychiton Pods


Fragrant Flowers of Senecio radicans

Sunday, June 6th, 2021

Senecio_radicans

Hoped Senecio radicans would work as a ground cover. Hasn’t disappointed.
It is growing all over the garden.

Senecio_radicans

Senecio_radicans

The Senecio radicans growing on the ground were from potted plants on a ledge.
Senecio_radicans

Yeah, the oak leaves are still a problem.

Senecio radicans with Senecio jacobsenii
The bamboo stake is where a Datura seedling was planted. The morning after I planted it, all of the leaves had been eaten. I trimmed the plant with the hope it may continue to grow. They are fairly resilient.

Senecio_radicans

Senecio jacobsenii with Ice Plant

Senecio jacobsenii with some type of ice plant. The start was snagged from my brother-in-law’s garden. It has been three years, first flowers this season. I like that the flowers become a bit pale pink before becoming spent.

Ice Plant

Ice Plant