Saturday, June 14, 2008
GBBD June 2008
This is my new hymenocallis, Sulpher Queen. I am really liking them although the first two buds on a different plant were enjoyed by earwigs before opening. This one looks much better! Not as tall as the old common peruvian daffodil I've had for years...or maybe it's because it's the first year?
Chamomile that I'm hoping to dry for tea...if I figure out the process soon!
Blue agapanthus...the white is about a week or more behind the blue. I guess I'll have to pay attention and see if that is always true. We like these strong tall stems because we often get garden spider webs from one to another...and they're in the perfect spot for observing!
Salvia nemorosa Friesland Pink...much pinker than any other of my salvias...makes a nice contrast to all the blue/purple.
Hemerocallis...hmmm... can't find name tag under plant and I don't remember it!
Glossy abelia Edward Goucher. Cute tiny trumpet-shaped flowers.
Another hemerocallis...could this be Judith?
OK...this one is Siloam Spizz! See...yellow in my garden!
This is actually in bud...my last year's experiment that barely grew is much happier this year! Any guesses? Well...it's not an artichoke. This is cardoon. I was very excited to get seeds and start a plant last year, having heard that the stems are the edible part of the plant and that they tasted like artichoke. Yum! And I got tired years ago of earwigs in home grown artichokes so I quit growing them. But the poor thing had no stems to spare last year. Now I'm torn between eating some of this and letting the plants go to seed so I get a few more plants. I'm a bit apprehensive, too, since I've heard it really likes to reseed in a borderline invasive way. And...it's not a small plant. I think I will let it reseed, try cooking some and if it proves worthy allow it to occupy a bigger spot next year!
Now for the more or less complete list of what's blooming in Davis this month...
Glossy abelia Edward Goucher
Lanvandula pinnata bucchii
Anisodontia -Elegant Lady
Dwarf carnation Evermore
Scabiosa Butterfly Blue
Marguerite Comet Pink
Wisteria...limited amount after first big bloom
Nepeta Walker's Low
Dianthus Devon Cottage
Hemerocallis -Siloam Spizz
-others forgot names?
Sweet Pea shrub
-Autumn...light pink...not sure of exact variety
-passalong pink from a friend
Rosa Flower Girl
Penstemon heterophyllus Blue Springs
Green beans-Nickel french filet
-Blue Lake pole