Friday, March 28, 2008

foxgloves, explained

Here's a picture of the one time we had foxgloves
bloom in the yard. The next year, nothing.
So I put in a dozen more last spring as seedlings, and now, a year later-- it appears we will have blooms again.
Here, via Michele over at Garden Rant, is a good explanation of how foxgloves (biennials) work in the garden. And it's looking like, if I want to be sure I'll have blooms next year, I should plant more seedlings now. Just to be sure. (Our winter climate being more hospitable than hers).

Saturday, March 22, 2008

some morning photos...

Here's the scene out front, where rosemary, a ceanothus, wallflower (erysimum), and a low-growing euphorbia are weaving together to cascade into the... ditch. That euphorbia has been so successful, I've moved it all around. I don't remember it being quite so intensely lime-y in the past.

In other blooming news, this nicotiana came through the winter quite happily in a pot outside. (and somehow a cerinthe seeded itself into that same pot, where they're co-habitating nicely).

And... the first poppy of the season to open... in our yard at least. Plenty of 'em out there in the neighborhood.

I know some people consider these little... violas(?) weeds... In fact all the ones we have (hmm...more every year) started with a stow-away on something else I bought at a garden sale. But anything this charming is welcome here-- even in the cracks between the bricks.

And finally, another wallflower (erysimum), backed up by artemisia limelight (in a large planter--those roots want to go everywhere).

Oh, and, Happy Easter to all of you observing the holiday today!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

from all indications...

...Cat also enjoying Spring.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

..and now, the blues

About a year ago
I posted a bunch of photos of all the blue & violet-hued flowers coming into bloom in the yard, and it looks like it must be that time of year again.
Here, just a small portion of the blue (and violet)-ness.

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