Garden Report: September 25

I know, two garden reports in a row. But I could hardly go to a plant sale and not show off my new beauties.

Plant sale plants waiting to be planted

I got a couple of native gooseberries: Ribes nevadense and Ribes sanguine var. glutinous. And a native honeysuckle bush: Lonicera involucrata. Plus there is a plant in there that I already have, Dierama, because a neighbor liked it and buying a small pot of it was easier than dividing my beast.

New salvias in the ground

I immediately put some plants in the ground, because I had spots prepared for them. Way in the back there is Salvia 'Orchid Glow' (a patented variety), and halfway up is Salvia chamaedryoides. I also added another Douglas iris right by the path.

Salvia 'Orchid Glow'

Orchid Glow is really a stunner of a salvia. I usually avoid the patented varieties because they are generally more delicate, which is not a characteristic that works well in my garden. I may come to regret this, but right now it's a mighty fine looking flower. How fine? When we were in line to pay a hummingbird flew up and drank from it. Winner.

Salvia chamaedryoides

Salvia chamaedryoides is more my kind of salvia. Amazing bright blue color (I'd originally intended to get a totally different bright blue salvia, but I liked the foliage on this one better), xeric, blooms all summer.

It started raining as we were leaving the garden, and by the time we got home it was starting to get to Alameda. Nothing impressive, but enough that I figured I didn't need to water any of the new plants. It looks like winter just got here.

posted by ayse on 09/25/11