Low-key Father's Day weekend in the garden

I had a low-key weekend doing odd jobs in the garden—trimming, weeding, rearranging, etc. Nothing too exciting, but not every minute can be filled with thrills and titillation. I did stop now and then to take some pictures of the garden. I enjoy having these frozen moments in time to look back on down the line.

Early evening in the front garden

Agave 'Desert Love' (also seen in the first photo on the right). This is a hybrid between Agave ovatifolia, Agave parrasana, and possibly Agave asperrima created by Plant Delights.

Front garden looking west

I love layers of textures and colors

Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi, planted recently

Agave attenuata 'Boutin Blue' in the very front, Cleistocactus straussii behind it on the left

Hanging pot made by Diana Moulds of Tentacle Arts. I picked it up last December when I visited Diana and her partner Xandra at their studio in Phoenix, AZ. The plant is a Rhipsalis cactus; I originally received a few cuttings from Loree “danger garden” Bohl, and they've grown into a lovely tangle.

Bed next to the front door

Same bed, different angle. Dioon edule 'Palma Sola', a cycad from eastern Mexico in the front.

Dudleya brittonii

Terrestrial bromeliads

Manfreda 'Rio Verde' in the driveway bed

Dioon edule 'Palma Sola' in the driveway bed, this one with a flush of new leaves. The leaves look so green because of the warm evening light.

Acacia aphylla, steely blue and leafless. It photosynthesizes through the bark tissue.

Aloe elgonica flowering now. The yellow-flowering shrub is an Australian native, Senna (previously Cassiaphyllodinea.

The color yellow brought to you by sundrops (Calylophus drummondii)

Aloe 'Hellskloof Bells' and white-flowering lavender

I recently posted about my most behated weed, spotted spurge, but oxalis is a close second. It's impossible to remove from this dense mat of Dymondia margaretae.

Billy buttons (Craspedia globosa), an Australian native, pairs well with spiky plants like this Aloe marlothii

×Mangave 'Mayan Queen' looking like it's emerging from a sea of Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt'

Fire cracker plant (Russellia equisetiformis) and Agave 'Crazy Horse', a hybrid between Agave cupreata and Agave asperrima. The dun-colored shrub on top is our recently deceased Grevillea 'King's Fire'.

Centaurea gymnocarpa and  Leucadendron 'Ebony'

In the foreground: Euphorbia characias 'Glacier Blue'

Euphorbia characias 'Glacier Blue' (left) and Banksia nivea (right)

Arctostaphylos 'Ruth Bancroft' and ×Mangave 'Pineapple Express'

Aloidendron 'Hercules' and chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus), now in full flower

Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' and Yucca rostrata in the evening light

Seeing how this has morphed into a truly strange year full of uncontrollable events and random happenings, expect more potpourri-type posts in the weeks and months to come as staying close to home continues to be the norm. 

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  1. Thankfully you have a great garden full of interesting plants to post about. Your terrestrial bromeliads are gorgeous. What type of soil do you use to plant them in?

    1. I plant terrestrial bromeliads in a commercial succulent mix (usually Palm, Cactus and Citrus Mix from Kellogg Garden Organics). Our local Lowe's and Home Depot carry it.

      If I lived on the coast, I'd probably add more pumice or lava rock for extra drainage but here in the Sacramento Valley I want the soil to retain moisture a little longer so I get away with watering only once a week.

  2. So many wonderful combinations! (I find I may have to introduce my 'Cousin Itt' to a Mangave as well.) With the exception of the recently deceased Grevillea, everything looks exceptionally healthy too.

    1. I think 'Cousin Itt' is a great foil for spiky plants because it's the polar opposite.

  3. The backlit photo #6 is exceptional. Palma Sola' with a flush of new leaves looks amazing, Diana Moulds' hanging pot is very fetching and unique and I'm in love with Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt', which doesn't take a bad picture, ever (and sadly isn't zone appropriate for me).
    What can be done with oxalis growing in the Dymondia margarita? That's just maddening.

    1. Thanks!!

      To get rid of the oxalis, I need to carefully untangle it from the dymondia and then try to get most of the roots out of the soil, otherwise it comes right back. Spraying with an herbicide is not an option because the dymondia would suffer, too.

  4. Are you serious? That huge mass of rhipsalis is all the cuttings you took home from here? That's insane!

  5. The mariachi garden is looking quite splendid. Great plant combos everywhere.

    1. Thank you for your kind words! Many of the combos are happy accidents. As they say, even a clock is right twice a day :-)

  6. Belated Happy Father's Day! That Acacia aphylla is most intriguing...

    1. I love the Acacia aphylla. But then, I like weird plants. Maybe that's what I should write a book about: the most weird and wonderful plants in the world!

  7. That acacia is an eye-opener. I wonder if I can find seeds. . .

  8. Some fabulous plants there--the Acacia, the Dudleya, 'Mayan Queen', the Arctostaphylos, and on and on.

    Hope you had a lovely FD with your family. Both daughters home for the duration?

    1. Daughter #2 is home for the duration. Fall quarter will be online as well.

      Daughter #1 is staying in B.C. Hoping to come home for a visit, but the border is still closed.

  9. Like me - looks like you need more space to plant! Just a half acre or so isn't asking too much is it?

    1. Oh man, don't even go there! 1/2 acre would be a good start. Heck, that would be 2 1/2 times what I have now!


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