A closer look at the Seabreeze salvia

9/29/2011 Seabreeze salvia (1) 9/29/2011 Seabreeze salvia (2)

Weed weeder weedest!

All week I’ve been tidying up in the garden. Weeding here (cleaning out the gravel strip), pulling dead or dying plants out elsewhere (dead rosemary, salvia, dianthus, herb garden). I’ve pruned back on a few plants (such as the gaura) and transplanted a few (ginger mint into the cinderblock wall). I’ve observed some unusual sights, like the brown-burnt asters in the blue bed that are still blooming, the flowering Mexican heather in the purple bed, and the Autumn Monarch azalea that put out a few more flowers this week. I am in awe of the salvia/marigold tree ring in the front yard, though I have also noticed a ton of ant condos springing up everywhere lately. Time to get out the ant killer!

‘Tis the time to be fertilizing and weed-killin’. I hope to have some funds to invest in a good pre-emergent and lawn food this weekend. With the summer drawing to a close, and the weather amenable, it’s easy to get out in the yard to do some work. I spent this morning killing some crabgrass in the courtyard. But of course, I saw some more patches in the front yard.

I also turned out the last of the bathroom tenants. The pepper plants are getting some quality sun time on the patio. I hope to transfer them into bigger pots and get a chance at some fruit before the winter frost. And speaking of fruit, what about some eggplant? Should I sink my Chinese eggplant into the herb garden bed, or bring it indoors over the winter? It keeps flowering but not producing any fruit. It seems to prefer more room to spread its roots.

This is also the time to ponder the fall-winter flower display, not to mention purchase the spring flower bulbs. I’m writing up a list!

Perhaps on this list, we’ll be adding a new Japanese maple. My JM unfortunately has been confirmed dead. And I discovered some alien fungus residing in the pot. Scawy!

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Post-heat wave garden blooms

With the cooler weather, the garden has revived. Pockets of growth are coloring the garden, from foliage to flowers. Check out the “purple” Red Rubin basil. New growth and centers of leaves are beautifully marked with deep red. I also caught sight of my first Sea Breeze salvia bloom. It lingered in a planter for so long without comment; now it is sending up bicolored spires.

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Summer blooms 2011

We saw a spate of cool weather days breaking up our summer heatwave. It gave us time to assess the damage from the drought and noted with interest the tough plants such as the vinca, cosmos, and marigolds that withstood the severe weather. ┬áPlus, we discover a surprise bloom from an unexpected 3-season flowering shrub–Encore azalea Autumn Monarch.

9/11/2011 Summer Blooms (1) 9/11/2011 Summer Blooms (2) 9/11/2011 Summer Blooms (3) 9/11/2011 Summer Blooms (4) 9/11/2011 Summer Blooms (5)

Easy being green

9/3/2011 Lizard in the Yarrow