Friday, July 20, 2007

Beautiful Morning Stroll

It's a beautiful morning after a nice fresh rain, so please join me in a stroll around my gardens.

This plant brings me much joy. It is Agastache rupestris Sunset Hyssop. Why I don't have more of them I don't know, but plan to remedy that next year. It smells like root beer, and it's blossoms are such a beautiful shade of orange and lavender. It is a water-wise plant, but surprises me when it seems to droop on a hot, sunny day. I can't figure out why. So I give it a quick dash of water when it does that. Isn't it lovely?

These were direct sown from a mix called Grandmother's Cut Flower Garden. Soon after they were sown we had a huge downpour and they all washed together. I just left them, as I didn't want to disturb them. They need to be thinned but I thought I see what the do first. They are just beginning to bloom. This is my oldest garden and seems to be in constant need of redoing one part or another most of the time. That is a Rose of Sharon among the flowers. It had not blossomed yet. I could not fine the name of this sedum, but I believe it is called Dragon's Blood . It grows nicely with Orange Carpet Hummingbird Mint. Penstemon Whippleannus with Blue Oat Grass. I think this look like a fountain!

As you can see, this Penstemon (I think it is Whippleannus) does not do well in wind. I'm being a little more selective about what I plant because of all the wind we have here. Plants need to be pretty sturdy to withstand that much. I also did not expect it to get quite so tall.

We had .3" rain last night. While many areas south of us received severe storms and street flooding, we lucked out with a gentle rain that was much appreciated by all of the gardens. It was a beautiful morning for photos so I took a few to share. It was also a good time to see where my "problem areas" are and think about what to do. I have not posted for a couple of days because I needed to get some non-gardening chores done. The only way to do this was to not allow myself near the computer until I achieved a measure of progress. This blogging is addictive!


Nicole said...

Just yesterday I was looking at my packet of sunset hyssop seeds and Botanical Interests Grandmother's Cut Flower Garden seeds and thinking about when I will sow them after the heat of summer. Great minds think alike LOL. The Sunset Hyssop looks even nicer than I thoght,so cant wait to try it.

Barbara said...

I like this Agastache rupestris too. I didn't see this plant before. In my garden there was only once a blue agastache foeniculum. I had to stake them. It is interesting to see what kind of plants and flowers are growing in your climate zone.Thanks for sharing your pics.
Greetings from Switzerland.

Connie said...

Thanks for the stroll. I winter sowed that Sunset hyssop this year from seed I got in a trade....looking forward to some flowers next year. I have a sedum called Dragon's Blood that looks much like the flower on yours. Kind of a creepy name, but a great looking plant, especially the flower. :-)

jocelyn said...

I agree with Connie that your sedum is probably one called "Dragon's Blood"---does it have deep red leaves in the spring? I'm afraid that you've miss identified your grass, though. What you have there is blue oat grass, also called blue avena grass (Helictotrichon sempervirons), one of my favorites. I also love the sunset hyssop---the blooms go on for many, many weeks. My neighbor has one that is about 4'x4' (really!), so of course, I had to get some too. Hopefully in a few years mine will be just as gorgeous. Thanks for the fun tour, Bev!!

Anonymous said...

i enjoyed the walk-about in your garden. Very pretty. So refreshing.

Betty in NH said...

Dear Bev -
I have just been thinking about starting a blog of my own so I went to the Garden Web because I have seen a little of theirs before. Can you tell me what site you used to get started with your? Yours is beautiful? And so far, I have only skipped through it rapidly. It is gorgeous. Do you need my e-mail address? If so, it is Thank you.

Bev said...

Nicole, I think you will really like the hyssop as much as I do. Good luck with the seeds. I'd love to see how they turn out.

Barbara, I'm going to look up the blue foeniculum, as anything with "blue" in the name usually appeals to me. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Connie, I hope you post a photo when the hyssop blooms next year. And thanks for identifying the are right. It is Dragon's Blood. I knew it had something to do with "blood" but just couldn't remember off the top of my head.

Jocelyn, thanks for the correction on the grass. I is indeed Blue Oat Grass and I have edited the entry.

And Betty, I will be emailing you directly. Thanks for your interest in my blog.

Carol said...

Bev... I enjoyed the tour of your garden, though I am a bit late to the party. You are not the only one who has to pull away from blogging to get things done around the garden and house!

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

ABQ-B-Fly Guy said...

Thanks for the tour! Send some rain down here to New Mexico! :)


LostRoses said...

Your borders are so pretty, Bev! And I'm glad to hear you say the agastache smells like root beer. My neighbor thinks it smells like licorice when everyone knows it's just like opening a can of A&W Root Beer!

Bev said...

Ohhhh yes... A&W for sure!! Thanks everyone, for visiting my garden.