Thursday, October 21, 2010

Three at Flora Grubb Gardens

I recently made my first visit to Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco. What a fun place! The sales staff was ever so helpful, asking if we were finding what we needed but allowing us space to wander mesmerized. Northern California is fortunate enough to have many excellent nurseries and this is certainly one of those that deserve to be on your Must See list.

 A carnival ride car is most appropriate...this nursery is like Disneyland for garden geeks!
 And what better use for a past-its-prime Edsel than as a slightly over-sized succulent dish garden?
An immense vertical garden...lush, lovely and perfect for that little spot that needs brightening.

This is my post for Three For Thursday...organized by Cindy at My Corner of Katy. You can join in too, or visit her blog to find links to others participants. She writes Pick 3 pictures of plants from your garden ... tell us about 3 books you've read that you want to share ... rant about 3 things that bug the heck out of you ... show us 3 pieces of garden art or 3 photos of egregious crimes against gardening ... you choose what your three will be.


Friday, October 15, 2010

GBBD October 2010

Begonia richmondensis, with its lovely foliage, has bloomed continuously for the several months that I've owned it. It can reportedly survive temperatures down to 25 degrees which would work most any winter here but I'm still debating where it should spend the coldest months. I might bring it in. Or it might just go under the patio cover with the potted succulents.
The plumbago that has been trained up into the arbor adds color to the Lady Banks rose foliage.
Abutilon Pink Parasol has reached a height of 8 feet and is joined by solanum jasminoides. The solanum has decided it likes where it lives and has threaded its way through the abutilon, privet and viburnum that live nearby. It will need a little controlling eventually but for now I'm enjoying the splashes of white it provides.
One of the miniature roses in the front door bed continues to put out blooms but for the most part the roses have not been as happy this year as is typical. I think they just haven't gotten enough heat.

The Cuphea llavea, more commonly known as bat-faced cuphea, is so cute I just had to have it.  It's a bit red for my tastes but I think I am losing some of my red aversion. Each year it blooms even more making it one of my favorites.
Lavandula pinnata buchii adds a nice touch of blue to the bed surrounding one of the banksia arbor posts and has long flower stems that move gently in the breeze. It blooms almost year round since it lives next to the potted meyer lemon and therefore benefits from the patio lights I hang for warmth in the winter.

 This sweet aloe is blooming in one of the hanging potted succulent pots in the side yard. I love the delicate blooms juxtaposed with the starkness of the aloe plant itself.

Other plants blooming in Davis today include:
Wax begonias
Salvia May Night
Salvis Blue Hills
Salvia greggii
Salvia Dancing Dolls
Salvia Victoria Blue
Society garlic
Rosa Flower Girl
Geranium Rozanne
Pink pandorea
Please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see who is participating in this month's Garden Blogger Bloom Day!

Saturday, October 09, 2010

10 For 10/10/10

Here is a list, in no particular order, of things that make me happy I'm a gardener. 

#1. A nuthatch  that has come to least for a few weeks.
#2. Gardening with my favorite helper who always says "Come on Nonna! Let's garden!"
 #3. Colchicums shared by my friend Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening...look closely to see the checkered pattern!

 #4. My first fig...of 12 this year. I'm looking forward to the years to come when I can share, maybe with the neighbor in #10.

 #5. Buffa10 fallout. After being dazzled in Buffalo I had to try to approximate some of the ideas that impressed me.

 #6. Not really a gratuitous garden helper shot! This is her "touching, tasting, smelling garden" that we planted this summer. Herbs, scented geraniums, and several flowering perennials invite her to explore.

#7.  The first plum of 2010.

 The wisteria in its spring finery.

Buds on the plum tree letting me know spring is on its way. 

Orange harvest from my neighbor's tree...he is generous enough to share!

Family, friends, food, wildlife, the chance to meet other gardeners and see gardens in far off just makes me happy!