My Little Succulent Garden
|I keep getting surprise blooms in my succulent garden. I guess they must be happy. They get plenty of morning sun, and little water. I think they are enjoying the drought.|
I threw in some shells and sea glass among the rocks to give it all a more beachy look. I call this work of art (I regard everything in my garden as a work of art), "If Albuquerque Had a Beach".
View Down the Garden Path
|I don't do straight lines. So even my paths in the garden have to have curvy lines. It always intrigues me to see a square flower bed in the middle of a square lawn. I wonder if they gave it much thought--especially when it is smack-dab in the middle, and then everything is lined up in perfect symmetry. Symmetry is, well, boring. I'm not saying visual balance is bad, I'm saying if you line things up like soldiers, there's no visual interest.|
It's always a good thing to find a ladybug in my garden. I wish more would turn up. I've heard you can purchase them, but I'm not sure how to keep them from flying away.
Above is my favorite canna. I find the traditional cannas--the big floppy red or yellow ones--a bit boring. This one has a more tropical look and almost reminds me of bird-of-paradise. I think I found it at Home Depot years ago, and it has survived a few hurricanes.
I love the color combination below, of the verbena and the cape plumbago. We did our bedroom in those colors. I can't commit to a favorite color, but I love color combinations, and the way colors play off eachother. I usually keep that in mind when I am planting. For example, red and yellow don't work for me as a combination, so I rarely plant them together. This is probably as close as I come to planning my garden. Mostly, I just stagger around with new plants until I think I've found the right spot. I do a lot of transplanting.
Down the Garden Path
|There's nothing like a well-defined path to dress up a garden. If your flower beds are well-framed, it doesn't seem to matter as much what you plant--it all seems to pull together nicely in the end. I think, however, you are meant to design the garden and lay out the foundation first. I usually rush in and start planting furiously, and then star deciding about paths and borders.|
|We purchased flagstones and pebbles to create our paths in our front garden. Rocks of any size are a real treat around here, as there are no rocks anywhere around here. Beneath the thin veneer of topsoil is nothing but white sand in this area. It was a lot of work. Some of the stones weighed almost 100 pounds, but in the end well worth the effort.|
Roses That Won't Quit
I've often maintained that I don't do roses. Roses are too fussy for me and demand too much attention, and just don't seem to do well this far south. Some years back, however, I took three little cuttings from a seemingly wild roses that was growing over a fence on an abandoned property. I rooted them and wound up with a climbing rose that competed well with the other vines on my huge arbor. The arbor was destroyed by hurricanes, and the vines have scattered across the back garden. This crazy rose has been completely neglected, and is thriving and popping up everywhere. It only blooms once a year, and I believe it is a Seven Sisters rose. Every rose plant I've purchased has only lasted a few years and then disappeared, but this one just keeps going.
Two Little Reasons I've Neglected My Garden and My Blog This Week
Meet Tikka (above) and Bajji (below). They are named after Indian dishes.
The heron was kind enough to stop and pose for me so I could take a few good shots of him. He even waited for me to run inside to fetch my camera and attach the telephoto lens. The mockingbird struck a few poses for me too.
I'm so pleased to have figlets. I'd wanted to plant a fig tree for years, and finally got around to getting one. I'd read that you never see flowers on a fig tree, just the figs starting to sprout.
Gardens That Inspired Me
Two places I visited last year while we were bulding our home and planning our garden were the Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, FL (above, left), and Queen Elizabeth Botanic Gardens in the Cayman Islands (above, right). The gardens in Cayman had received extensive damage from Hurrican Ivan in 2004, but much of it has recovered quite nicely.
It's a bit of a challenge growing a tropical garden when you are outside the tropics, but you learn what works, what fails, and what needs to covered when they predict a frost.