What do common nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus
) and exotic Leucospermum
have to do with one another? Nothing really, other than that they're both plants. However, today I took a short hike through my neighborhood and down the nearby trail I explored in a March post
to check on the nasturtiums I'd seen tumbling down the slope along the trail behind my next door neighbor's house. On the return trip, I took some photos of another neighbor's yellow pincushion plant and thought I'd share both in a single post.
First the nasturtiums.
|I took this photo, included in my earlier post on the trail, on March 3rd before the plants bloomed|
|This is the same area, photographed from the other direction, taken earlier today. I waited longer to get back to the area than I should have but, with temperatures reaching into the upper 80sF this afternoon, I didn't think I should put it off any longer.|
|Closer view of the mass of nasturtiums|
|I spent several minutes staring at this small tree, thinking that the flowers looked very familiar. After checking photos on-line, I concluded that this is probably a lemon verbena (Aloysia citrodora). If it looks this good on an untended trail, watered only by run-off from the neighbor's property, I think I may have to try growing it in my own garden.|
In another March post
, I shared a photo of the huge noID orange Leucospermum
growing in one neighbor's front garden. The yellow Leucospermum
grown by another neighbor wasn't blooming at that time but it is now. I can't help admiring it every time I drive by so I wanted to give you an opportunity to admire it too.
|This plant has bloomed reliably in a brick planter at the top of the neighbor's driveway every year we've lived here|
The neighborhood specimens, as well as the beauties featured by another SoCal blogger, Hoover Boo at Piece of Eden
, led me to invest in 2 Leucospermum
, despite the fact that I've previously killed two of these plants. As the saying goes, the third time's the charm! Both my plants are alive and both continue to produce new leaves but there's no sign of flowers yet.
|The non-blooming Leucospermum x 'Brandi', planted in March 2016, can be seen in the foreground on the right. Grevillea 'Ned Kelly' and noID Anigozanthos on the left seem to be taunting the Leucospermum to bloom already!|
|I planted Leucospermum 'Goldie', shown front and center in the photo above, in my front garden earlier this month. Its tight leaf buds initially had me thinking it was about to bloom but, no, it too seems intent on taking its time.|
Hopefully, they're just investing their energies establishing the deep root systems necessary to make it through our hot, dry summers.
Enjoy your weekend! I'm off on yet another plant shopping expedition.
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