Our front yard in early August
The other morning I woke up to a high fog. This is common on the California coast, but virtually unheard of in Davis in the summer months. I grabbed the camera and took a bunch of photos of our front yard since the lighting was very soft and even, producing photos with more detail and less harsh shadows.
This is my monthly stock-taking of how things look at a specific point in time. This will help me down the line to determine which plants work and which don’t. Luckily, almost everything in our front yard is to my satisfaction at the moment.
As I’ve said before, if you don’t already take photos of your garden at regular intervals, you should! You’ll appreciate being able to track the progress of your plantings over the course of time.
|Plantings outside the fence|
|The green “mass” in the center is Bambusa oldhamii|
|Here you can see Bambusa oldhamii towering over the other plants. I will have a separate post about this clumping timber bamboo soon. The plants visible just above the fence on the left are butterfly gingers (Hedychium coronarium).|
|Grasses looking great all summer. The variegated grass in the back is Miscanthus sinensis ‘Rigoletto’, the one in the front is Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose.’|
|The black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia fulgida) have been blooming non-stop, adding a great pop of color amidst the grasses.|
|Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’ with Hot Lips sage (Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips') in the upper right (taking a break from blooming right now)|
|Even though this Grosso lavender (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso’) is done blooming for the moment, it still provides a lot of visual interest—and smells fantastic. The Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa) on the right is just starting to bloom.|
|Miscanthus sinensis ‘Dixieland.’ Unlike ‘Rigoletto’ seen in the photos above, ‘Dixieland’ has much wider blades.|
|Partial view of the succulent bed next to the front door, plus assorted potted plants on the edge of the covered porch. The large green urn in the middle holds a Rhodocoma capensis, a restio from South Africa (click here to read an earlier post about restios).|
|The corner to the right of the covered porch: lion’s tail (Leonotis leonurus), sago palm (Cycas revoluta), Asian Lemon bamboo (Bambusa eutuldoides ‘Viridividatta’) in the ground.|
|Asian Lemon bamboo (Bambusa eutuldoides ‘Viridividatta’). Two recent culms are now 8 ft. tall, two new ones just popping out of the ground. The culm color is fantastic. This specimen has been in the ground less than a year and it’s too early to say how it will perform over the longer term, but it made it through the winter just fine. It’s still very difficult to find in Northern California but it has become popular in Florida.|
|Sago palm (Cycas revoluta) on the left, lion’s tail (Leonotis leonurus) on the right|
|Succulent bed. The plant in the foreground (left) is a ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata). I can’t wait for its caudex to get big like this one (actually, our specimen are three plants, i.e. three caudices, clumped together).|
Front (left to right): Canna indica, golden lotus banana (Musella lasiocarpa)
Bambusa chungii ‘Barbellata’, aka Baby Blue bamboo
Front: golden lotus banana (Musella lasiocarpa), dwarf fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln')
Left: Miscanthus sinensis 'Super Stripe'