About 2 months ago I left a comment for Tamara of Chickadee Gardens expressing admiration of her Callistemon viridiflorus, a plant I've been searching for, quite literally, for years. At one point, I made contact with a mail order nursery about purchasing the plant but, after exchanging a couple of messages, I got no further response. I consulted a Southern California nursery specializing in Australian natives but they weren't carrying the plant so I bought another species that reportedly produces green flowers 50% of the time and red flowers 50% of the time. After more than 2 years, it still hadn't produced a single flower, green or red, and I gave up on it. To my surprise, in response to my comments on her blog, Tamara offered to find the plant for me and she did! It arrived earlier this week.
|You can see what it will look like when mature here|
I planted it the very same day (with a little help from my husband in digging a good hole to give it the best possible start).
|Here's the Callistemon in its selected spot, formerly occupied by a Grevillea lavandulcea that went into decline last year. I'm going to add a ground cover around it while it settles in and gains size.|
Tamara's delivery was followed 3 days later by another box of goodies, from a party who wishes to remain unidentified.
|I was surprised by the size of the box as I was expecting a few small pups|
I promptly planted those as well. Our Santa Ana winds make me feel as though I'm being mummified alive so I can only imagine the impact on plants and I didn't want to risk their health by dawdling.
|The larger of the 2 Mangave pups went into this bed directly across from the entrance to my lath (shade) house|
|The second pup was situated near my original plant in the succulent bed I renovated a year ago|
|While I was fussing with my decision on the second pup's placement, this little fellow showed up, seemingly ready to add his input|
In addition to these wonderful plants, I picked up several on my own at the fall plant sale at South Coast Botanic Garden.
I got all 5 of these plants tucked in this week too, although 2 of them went into pots.
|This is Hypoestes aristata (aka ribbon bush). I had a splendid specimen of this plant in my former garden but I've had poorer results with it in my current garden. I'm hoping this one finds this particular spot in my front garden to its liking. You can get a look at its flowers here.|
|This is Psoralea pinnata (aka the kool-aid bush because its flowers are supposed to smell like grape kool-aid). A neighbor I ran into at the SCBG sale told me this plant has done well in her garden. You can see it in bloom here.|
I've recently done a bit of work in my front garden too.
|This is a closer look at the plants on the left end of the bed. I think I'm going to add more Alternanthera as ground cover and bark mulch to accent the dark Cordyline.|
Every once in awhile I wonder if I'm getting carried away buying new plants. But somehow it always seems there's room for something more. This week I realized that I'm going to be needing at least a couple of new plants for the succulent bed facing the street.
|Both of the Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' in this bed are preparing to bloom|
|Once they bloom, I may have lots of bulbils but I'll also have 2 large holes|
We have one more day of very warm temperatures and dry air before our weather improves. For those of you in Central Texas, I hope the rain has abated and your area is spared any further flooding. Best wishes for the weekend.
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