Warning! Picture heavy post. I’ll try to make up for it by not writing too many words :)
Last week, MLG started work on another area that we are adding those new stones to. Whereas I would just plop those stones down on the dirt just as it is, MLG works hard to make sure the water (haha, if we ever get any) will drain in the right direction, and to make the ground even, which involves digging out some pretty big rocks.
Here’s what we have so far. I need to get a lot more rocks :/ And some topsoil and ground covers to fill in the spaces.
Last weekend, I visited an artist’s home in the bay area, and I thought it was really interesting that everywhere in her garden she had shards of broken pottery. Most of the pottery was tumbled so that the edges were soft. An interesting way to add a bit of color to the garden.
Then, I took my mom over to a nursery in Richmond called Annie’s Annuals and Perennials. They have a wonderful catalog, and I have a feeling that they do a huge mail order business. Everywhere they had informative signs, telling you where each plant would grow the best, their eventual size, and other stuff. They had display beds lining the huge nursery. So you could see the mature version of a plant, and then go and buy a baby of the same plant.
See that magenta one there, with the little yellow tips on it? I got a baby of one of those. It is a Gomperena globosa “fireworks.” The catalog says it is HEAT AND DROUGHT TOLERANT!
I also loved this pale hollyhock. Not sure where I’ll plant it, but I had to get one!
Back home, my little babies await planting. I stopped at Alden Lane Nursery on my way home, and picked up a few more little plants.
Here’s a close-up of another of the plants I got. It is a trachelium caeruleum “Hamer Pandora.” I love the black wiry stems.
And I couldn’t resist a few ground covers. I love the rosy-yellow color of the one, and the other is NOT irish moss. It is an australian plant that just keeps growing in a circular mounded shape.
Yesterday, during the endless watering. I saw this monarch butterfly fluttering around the stones. It would flutter a few feet, then land, with its wings closed. I ran to get my camera, but it kept its wings closed every time it landed. I think it must have just hatched, and it was waiting for its wings to dry. Anyway, I was quite excited, because this is the first monarch butterfly I’ve ever seen in my garden.
I decided to try the “pet” setting on my camera. It lets you hold the button down and take continuous photos. So I finally got a series of the butterfly opening its wings!
Bess was very happy that I was home. Quite content to snooze on the ottoman, while keeping a sleepy eye on me.
Another weekend is upon us. Stay cool, and have fun!