Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Neglected Templeton Garden in June

June 19, 2017


What Happens When a Garden Takes Care of Itself


The Butterfly Bush


This is the same butterfly bush that fell in 2014. See this post for contrast photos.

My Neglected Templeton Garden in June
Recovered Butterfly Bush Growing Upright Again, © B. Radisavljevic

My Neglected Templeton Garden in June
Butterfly Bush in Context of Rest of Herb Garden,  © B. Radisavljevic
In the left background is an Italian CyrpeCypress tree. In the foreground is a combination of black sage and rosemary.  The orchard is in the background on the right. This is quite a contrast from my original herb garden when I planted it a couple of decades ago. This is what this section looked like in April, 2007.

My Neglected Templeton Garden in June
Expanding Herb Garden in April, 2007, © B. Radisavljevic

Apples


I was happy to see our remaining apple tree is producing this year. 


My Neglected Templeton Garden in June
Young Apples, June 19, 2017, © B. Radisavljevic

Walnuts on the Tree

 My Neglected Templeton Garden in June
Walnut Tree with Immature Nuts, © B. Radisavljevic


June 20, 2017

Papa Quail 

 My Neglected Templeton Garden in June
Papa Quail Watches Over Family, Which Is Hidden in Brush,  © B. Radisavljevic

My Neglected Templeton Garden in June
Papa Quail in Context. Quail Family is Hidden in Brush, © B. Radisavljevic

It was too hot to stand still and wait for the quail family to come out of hiding so I could get a photo, but I often see the mother with her chicks running for cover in the brush as I go by. They live on the section of our land that is near the entrance. That's our oak tree in the background.


The Herbs on the Slope


I planted my first herbs in Templeton on the slope close to the front door. For years they've grown wild, and I discovered when I took these photos that a coyote brush plant had sneaked in under the  rosemary on the back edge and grown large enough to smoother whatever is under it. Probably my oregano and tricolor sage. Rosemary is still growing strong in back. But I'd like to concentrate on the flowers here. 

The lavender was among the first plants I placed on the slope. I got it from the now gone Sycamore Farms herb farm. The sage below was planted at the same time and came from the same place. The santolina (golden) was planted later. It probably also came from there. 

My Neglected Templeton Garden in June
Bee Foraging on Lavender, © B. Radisavljevic

My Neglected Templeton Garden in June
Santolina and Lavender Close Up, © B. Radisavljevic

My Neglected Templeton Garden in June
Common Sage in Bloom, © B. Radisavljevic, 

 My Neglected Templeton Garden in June
Thyme on the Slope, © B. Radisavljevic 

This last photo shows an overview of the slope. The taller yellow flowers are volunteer dusty miller plants that reseeded from some older transplants. The santolina and lavender are on its left. You see mostly rosemary and sage on the right, with thyme in the foreground. All these plants originally came from four-inch pots around 2006, so you can see how much they have grown. For the last three years they have had little attention. 

 My Neglected Templeton Garden in June
Overview of West Side of Slope, © B. Radisavljevic

I hope you've enjoyed seeing what can happen to a neglected garden. It's amazing so much of it survived the drought with almost no irrigation.

Do you grow herbs? What are your most memorable experiences with them? Which are your favorites to grow?


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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Clary and Tricolor Sage In June

June is When My Clary Sage Shows Off


My clary sage has been budding since May, and on June 1 I noticed it was in bloom again. All my clary sage here started from one plant in a pot. After the rains this year, many baby plants emerged far from the mother plant.  Theones in the photo below appeared in the side flower bed near the street. They are blooming. The clary sage is in the foreground at the center with large leaves and a large flower stalk. A black sage plant is in bloom behind it.

Clary and Tricolor Sage In June



Below is a different view that includes two other plant babies growing in the gazanias. They haven't matured enough to bloom yet.

Clary and Tricolor Sage In June


This is the mother plant, still in its pot, and fully in bloom.

Clary and Tricolor Sage In June



Here are a few more babies growing next to the walkway by the garage. They will be blooming soon. I see a bud. This section of my garden is all volunteer plants. The Lamb's Ears came from a mother plant across the sidewalk and has spread throughout this bed. It is also blooming now. I threw some iris bulbs I didn't have room for in the other flower beds into a cardboard box of shallow dirt in this back corner, and they decided to be happy there and bloom while I was waiting to find another spot for them. The pot contains mostly lemon balm.


Clary and Tricolor Sage In June


Tricolor Sage Blooms Between May and June


I was so busy this year, I almost missed it. That would have been a shame since I can't remember that it ever bloomed for me before, and I've had it for several years. I think it took all the rainfall we had this year to make it bloom. In the collage below, you can see how quickly the plant can bloom and fade.



What is your experience with sage varieties? Do you have a favorite?

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: When Oak Trees are Weeds

Oak Trees Can Be Weeds if They Grow in Your Garden


When Oak Trees are Weeds
Oak Tree Seedling that Sprouted in Rose Garden, © B. Radisavljevic

If An Oak Grows in a Rose Garden, It's a Weed


When Oak Trees are Weeds
Oak Seedling Becomes a Weed in Rose Garden, © B. Radisavljevic

It looks like a squirrel missed an acorn it buried. It will be fun trying to dig this up. Anyone want a free oak tree?  

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Irises Fading, Lamb's Ears Blooming, Chard and Kale Bolting

I Hate to Say Goodbye to My Irises

I have been enjoying irises in bloom since February, and I hate to see them go. Yet I can see more iris flowers dying each day. I'm glad there are still a few more buds that haven't bloomed yet. Below you can see what's left of a pale purple iris. The bending chard about to flower points to it. Above the chard a blooming Lamb's Ears plant reaches for the sky. 


Irises Fading, Lamb's Ears Blooming, Chard and Kale Bolting
Fading Iris, Bolting Chard, and Sages and Scabiosa in Background, © B. Radisavljevic

If you peak carefully behind that irsis, you can see the beginning of my tricolor sage starting to bloom. This is the first year it's bloomed for me. The large clary sage behind the iris shouldn't bloom until next month, but you never know. Learn more about clary sage and see it in bloom in my garden. Those blue flowers at the very back left are scabiosas, also known as pincushion flowers. I've often planted them in my gardens because they are perennial and seem to thrive.  

I took the photo below in a different flowerbed on the front corner of the lot. It shows the remaining light purple irises in all stages of development. You can also see the miniature roses that have started to bloom. They are later than my other roses. The yellow flowers are gazanias. They are closed today because it's overcast.

Irises Fading, Lamb's Ears Blooming, Chard and Kale Bolting
Irises Budding, Blooming, and Fading, Next to Miniature Roses, © B. Radisavljevic

Lamb's Ears in Bloom

I'd like to show you how fast Lamb's Ears grow. The shot below was taken at the end of February. Notice how short it is compared to the irises on the right, the lilies of the Nile in back, and the star jasmine in the background. The entire bed will change by May.

Irises Fading, Lamb's Ears Blooming, Chard and Kale Bolting
Lamb's Ears Next to Sidewalk, February, 2017. © B. Radisavljevic

In April I finally got around to thinning both the Lamb's Ears and the jasmine. They were smothering my Spanish sage and Sweet Williams. See Garden Tasks Finished before Storm.

Irises Fading, Lamb's Ears Blooming, Chard and Kale Bolting
Lamb's Ears Next to Sidewalk, April 6, 2017. © B. Radisavljevic


Now it's May 10, same year. Look at how the plants have grown. It amazes me how fast the Lamb's Ears shoot up and start blooming. It seems they grow half an inch a day in April. The star jasmine is also beginning to bloom. The yellow calendula to the right of the Lamb's Ears blooms all year. 

Irises Fading, Lamb's Ears Blooming, Chard and Kale Bolting
Lamb's Ears Next to Sidewalk, May 10, 2017. © B. Radisavljevic

I do love Lamb's Ears because it works well as a groundcover when I need it to smother weeds. It's also easy to pull when its fast growth becomes a problem. It looks like more will have to come out soon. All these Lamb's Ears plants have spread from other plants. I started with just one plant at this house. As it spread I planted a few of it's children in other beds. But many children also grow several feet from any I have planted. 

Lamb's Ears also have a certain graceful beauty. They lurk during the winter, but in spring they rise toward the sun and bloom. The bees use them for forage. Here's a close-up of the little flowers. Their gray leaves and fuzzy texture add contrast to the green of other plants to add interest to the garden all year round. 

Irises Fading, Lamb's Ears Blooming, Chard and Kale Bolting
Lamb's Ears in Bloom, May, 2017, © B. Radisavljevic


Books to Help You Grow Great Chard and Kale



The Chard and Kale are Bolting


The kale was just starting to flower a month ago on April 6. Now many of those flowers are seedpods. I will try to collect some, though there's probably no need. I never planted this kale. It sprouted from a seed from the mother plant across the yard. By collecting the seeds I'm more likely to get the seedlings where I want them.

Irises Fading, Lamb's Ears Blooming, Chard and Kale Bolting
Kale Flowers and Seedpods, May 10, 2017, © B. Radisavljevic


Here's a close-up of the flower. 

Irises Fading, Lamb's Ears Blooming, Chard and Kale Bolting
Kale Flowers, May 10, 2017, © B. Radisavljevic


One branch of this kale plant had started leaning over the sidewalk. Couldn't resist snapping this photo of it. 

Irises Fading, Lamb's Ears Blooming, Chard and Kale Bolting
Bolting Kale Branch Hanging Over Sidewalk, May 10, 2017, © B. Radisavljevic


Although the kale is already making seeds, the chard is just starting to flower. In the last couple of weeks the stalk has risen and you can see the flower buds on this chard plant forming. Just two months ago the main stalk and the leaves were red. (This is rhubarb chard.) As it begins to flower both have turned green, but you can still see a few traces of the red. 

Irises Fading, Lamb's Ears Blooming, Chard and Kale Bolting
Budding Chard, May 10, 2017, © B. Radisavljevic


When I went to the backyard on the same day to take a photo of the chard by the rose garden, I discovered my might I have two micro-climates on this same property. The the chard in the photo above grows in front and gets afternoon sun because it faces west. The chard plant beside the rose garden gets morning sun from the southeast. It also has the shelter of the fence and the roses from the north side. In any case, small flowers are already starting to bloom on the plant by the rose garden. 

Irises Fading, Lamb's Ears Blooming, Chard and Kale Bolting
Flowering Chard beside Roses, May 10, 2017, © B. Radisavljevic

It's the same small yard and same variety of chard, but one plant flowers slightly ahead of the other. 

I will leave you with one last photo from the front flowerbed of the chard and a blooming Lamb's Ears plant side by side. You can see how red the chard started out on the bottom part. You can also see how high the Lamb's Ears got in comparison. 


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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

A Walk Through My Rose Garden in Early May

Roses Close-Up


These are two of my favorite rose colors. See more photos of these and roses of other colors on my earlier post, Roses Are Not Just Red.


 A Walk Through My Rose Garden in Early May


 A Walk Through My Rose Garden in Early May



I like these roses so much I've even made greeting cards featuring them. You can get them at Zazzle and keep them handy. You never know when you might need to use one. 


Mom Planted this Rose Garden


I inherited it. No other flower is planted in the back yard. Mom planted no roses in the front yard. I've always wondered why she wanted to keep all the beauty in back where only family and friends could see it.

When she died and I inherited the house, I was depressed. It was early March. The roses were dormant. By April the roses were blooming again and I was sorry that Mom couldn't enjoy them anymore. They helped cheer me up, though.

They are always in bloom on Mother's Day, and they remind me of her. She never had a rose garden before she moved to Paso Robles. Maybe a few rose bushes, but no rose garden.

Some of My Rose Gifts from My Rose Photos on Zazzle




A Brief Walk Through the Rose Garden


Along the fence beside the street, one sees this view. It's the most unruly part of the rose garden. The gardener never really gets it under control. 

 A Walk Through My Rose Garden in Early May




As you will see, Mom's favorite rose was the small Cecile Brunner climbing rose. It would like to overwhelm and cover up all the other roses. You can see what's left of a chard I planted in front of the roses, too. It's bolting.

The view below is what you see if you go to the corner past the last rose bush on the right of the photo above. I am looking back at the corner where the back and side fence meet behind the tree.


 A Walk Through My Rose Garden in Early May




In the middle of the garden, to the left of the photo above, you see more climbing roses. These have taken advantage of a pine tree that died and used it as a trellis.


 A Walk Through My Rose Garden in Early May


Here's a closer look at the pine tree and the roses around it. This is also the southeast corner of the rose garden.


 A Walk Through My Rose Garden in Early May





The photo below shows the view in front of the photo above, along the south side of the fence.


 A Walk Through My Rose Garden in Early May



Below is the last rose bush in the garden. It's along the south fence closest to the house.


 A Walk Through My Rose Garden in Early May




Do you have roses in your garden? Which of my roses do you like best? I'd love to have you leave a comment.








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