Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I Should Be Gardening Right Now.

Lilium duchartrei
Blogging in the winter is easy because differing variations of rain, wind, dark and cold make sitting at a computer very appealing.  But it just doesn't feel right in the summer when it's absolutely perfect outside.

Lavatera olbia 'Aurea'
  Suffice it to say there will probably be very few posts between now and the end of August.

Lobelia tupa
Hummingbirds have been visiting this Lobelia tupa every day for the past couple weeks.

Passiflora caerulea
Even though blue passion flowers originate in the South American tropics, they can handle a mild Seattle winter with no problem.  Another plant from South America but not quite hardy enough for us is Brugmansia or Angel's Trumpet. It's still well-worth the effort, rooting very easily from cuttings which can then over-winter indoors.  Below is Brugmansia 'Little Angel' pictured with Lilium 'Stargazer'.  These are the two best smelling flowers in the world.

Brugmansia 'Little Angel' with Lilium 'Stargazer'
The veggie patch
The peas are done for the season but the fava beans are just starting to ripen.  In the above photo, they are on the left towering above the potatoes.  Below, you can see how huge they are compared to a regular-sized fork.  The beans are an inch long.

Big old fava beans
A new flush of growth on the Fatsia polycarpa.  I was a little worried about this plant because I (stupidly) left it in a pot without drainage holes, only to notice it about a week later (a very rainy week) half-filled with water.  Yikes!!  Good to know this little guy is a trooper.  I've since drilled drainage holes in the pot.

Fatsia polycarpa
One of the things on my "Buy this regardless of price" list are plants that have fluorescent-looking flowers and/or foliage.  Kniphofia 'Shining Sceptre' is one of those plants, and there are a few other Kniphofias that have similar super-bright-orange qualities including the ones with 'Mango' in the name.

Kniphofia 'Shining Sceptre' with Butia capitata
Everyone was asking about this plant on Saturday:

Francoa sonchifolia
Francoa sonchifolia
Francoa sonchifolia is a hardy, mounding evergreen perennial (it doesn't look like it's evergreen but it is), and has copious spikes of white & pink flowers.  Also drought-tolerant, as discovered by the fact that when I went to dig some up to give away, the soil happened to be incredibly dry.

Some more great lilies in bloom right now:

Lilium 'Juan de Fuca'
Crinum moorei
 Finally, here are the great new plants I picked up from Far Reaches Farm on Saturday:

Paris polyphylla var. yunnanensis, Schefflera fengii, and Berberis malipoense/hypoxantha


  1. Schefflera fengii huh? Very interesting...must look this one up!

    1. Isn't it great? The serrations on its leaves are exquisite.

  2. Happy gardening Justin! Thanks for posting the name of Francoa sonchifolia! I'd no idea that it was evergreen & loved the foliage! I'll look for S. fengii next time I'm at Far Reaches! Love brugmansias and am lucky (sort of) to have a big old basement where these can be thrown to go dormant in the winter.

    1. The Francoa one of those plants I'd feel completely comfortable using in landscape plan, knowing it can take care of itself and look great all the time. I'm surprised it's not on Great Plant Picks but I'm sure it will be.