I had two vases of peonies a few weeks ago – here, the late afternoon light through the skylight lit them up.
Something about paths – I always want to paint or photograph them. It is like they have potential for a new adventure or entrance to a magical world.
Vining petunias trail down the sides of pots. I never put them in the ground. Snails and slugs devour them, and there is some kind of virus that is in the local soil that kills them off. So, in a pot, away from slimey critters.
Usually yuccas grow on hillsides here in SoCal. This was one I believe was deliberately planted on the hilltop of the botanical garden. They are amazing plants – beautiful and tall, but they die away each year, putting out new leaves and a new stalk. This time of year you can see them straight and bright on the green hills, all of which have low-lying vegetation. Rather like a candle . . .
I have no idea what this plant is, but the leaves are huge and pointy and grow like weeds. Nice weed, eh?
A rather invasive plant, Jupiter’s Beard, also known as valerian, is a favorite plant of mine. It sort of wanders around neighborhoods, settling in, then blowing its seeds into new places. I have no idea why it is called “Jupiter’s Beard” but I think it is a great name for a plant!
Green houses are always a delight no matter the size. This is the one on the grounds of the local botanical garden. On Sundays they sell plants as part of the fund raising – always native plants for reasonable prices.