Baby Succulents

There are some really cute and adorable succulents growing right now that I wanted to share. It has been hot here in southern California. A lot of my succulents are growing in the half-day shade area and I’ve had to water them at least every 3 days to make sure the leaves don’t get crispy.

Ladyfinger Cactus
Sempervivum Lively Bug and Hens and Chicks Golden Nugget
Sempervivum Mona Lisa
King protea
Sempervivum Suixie from Slovenia
Various Sempervivums

I’m not sure the name of the above succulent but it has the prettiest flowers and petals.

Flowers

So far the summer here in my neck of the woods have been pleasant.  I know many places across California have had a terrible heatwave over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 Celsius) but we’ve been getting the high 80s in Orange County.  The temperature have been good to me and my plants.  I am constantly impressed by flowers that keep popping up in my backyard.  In this post are the latest finds this past week.

Heartleaf Four O’clock

These Four O’clocks are great drought tolerant plants.  I hardly watered this plant in our heatwave and it still managed to grow and bloom every day. I love the purple and yellow colors. This was in a container that I inherited from my father-in-law.

Yarrow

I’m really not sure what this flower is but I think that I planted it from seed.  On a plant identifying site, PlantNet, it is suggested that it resembles a yarrow. I think this is prettier than yarrow because of the delicate flower forms within this flower and the baby blue color.  See how there are about three dozen little flowers within this flower? Amazing! Since I am still not sure, we will call this a yarrow.

Kalanchoe

I love the colors of the kalanchoe flowers below.  The yellow is really a very bright and cheery yellow. I forgot to water it a few times and it had some dead leaves and the resident spiders spun webs all around my plants. 

The colors of this kalanchoe are wonderful, these are all my favorite combination of colors. I’ve never seen these colors on a kalanchoe before.

Lemon Aura Sunflower

This adorable sunflower below is only about 14 inches tall but it is such a sweet beauty and perfectly formed.

Anemone

Anemones are so pretty. I planted many anemones late in the spring and so far this adorable white anemone is the only one that popped up and I had it in a pot while the others are in the ground. Strange, I tend to kill things in pots. Sorry, the below picture is a bit blurry. It was the best I had of this one before the petals fell off. I did manage to cut one to put in my vase for work.

This vase has an anemone, yellow alstroemeria, pink and yellow dahlia, and an orange rose in the back

Blackcurrant Swirl Angel’s Trumpet

This Angel’s Trumpet flower below is the prettiest so far this summer. Previous blooms were marred by sunspots but these are just perfect. It only bloomed for a day though. I have it in a pot but it will do better in the ground I’m sure. I have three that grew successfully from seeds and now I am begging friends to take them but no one has room for them.

Rudbeckia Sahara

These reddish looking rudbeckia Sahara was a plant I purchased and the ones below it were ones I grew from seeds.  Maybe the variety is different or the soil environment is different but the colors on these plants are wildly different.  The flowers seemed to be dried and fried, very unhealthy looking. These red ones were advertised to be more orange, yellow, and red colors. I am a little disappointed they didn’t turn out as pretty as the ones I grew from seeds below that.

The two pictures of the rudbeckia Sahara below are the same flower and they were grown from seeds in a pot. The petals became lighter as it aged. I really love the light orange colors in these. They make me smile when I look at them.

Algrostemma Milas

This is my first time growing these Algrostemma Milas.  It is such a cutie!  I love the brushstrokes in the center.  They seem to be tolerant of drought and heat.  So far they are only about 18 inches tall and they are flowering generously.

Purple coneflowers

This purple coneflower is the slowest to grow.  I didn’t know that when I started growing them from seeds. It has been a year now and it finally flowered! It is definitely worth the time waiting because the colors are amazing!  Who would have thought to put purple and orange together on this flower!  It really stands tall and loud in the garden.

I know there is a bit of a blur on these pictures but I can only blame a) on my camera b) on my eyes.  At the time I took the pictures, I had bifocal contact lenses on that made things look kind of clear to me at the time but in reality it is not once I take off the lenses.

Dill Flowers

These dill flowers are the neat, aren’t they?  I love the smell of dill.  I like to pinch off a few leaves to smell once in a while when I’m in the garden.  I am going to leave the dead flowers into the winter, hopefully this will set many more seeds for next year’s growth. 

More Lily Trees

Here are more of my favorite lily trees growing in the garden.  I love their wonderful fragrance.  They are so tall and stately in my garden.  Many of these are about 3-4 feet tall with at least four flowers in bloom. 

That’s all for now! I hope next week I will have more exciting flowers to show you.

Interesting Mix of Flowers

A few new varieties this week that I haven’t shown before and there are some old favorites as well.

I am what I call a haphazard gardener. I say that because I don’t usually plan where my plants go. I don’t have a garden design plan. I know all the gardening books always suggest gardeners have them but I don’t. I just haphazardly plant them wherever I think I have room for them. Now that is crazy and dangerous so don’t do what I did or you may end up with a beautiful jungle! The worst part of it is I don’t keep track of the names of plants that I grow either. I really should because that would make it easier for me to identify most of my plants. I did try looking up the names of the plants below but a few were in a mix so it is hard to get the exact names. All I can say is just enjoy them for their beautiful colors and forms.

Poppies

The poppies below were grown in a seed starting tray. At some point I had plant labels but it either got lost or the words faded away so it is difficult to know who is who here. This one below is incredibly CUTE with its lavender and white colors. I have never seen one like this before and I really love it.

The bee and its white poppy!

This looks to be the Shirley Double Poppy seeds.

Thai Silk Rose Poppy with its ruffled pink, cream, and orange colors

Four O’clocks

These Four O’clock plants are sprouting everywhere and normally I would oppose such invasions in the garden but these plants produced such beautiful, abundant flowers. Below is one of my favorite colors. I have a bright pink one in my yard too but I didn’t get a chance to get pictures for this post. This was grown from seeds and it has grown so big. The bush below is about 3 feet tall.

Kirigami Ornamental Oregano

This ornamental kirigami oregano is the cutest little thing! I love the different shades of lavender, pink and green. It flowered happily when I had it in the ground a few years ago but after I moved it into a pot it has been kind of lackluster! I was lucky this time to get some nice colors here.

liLY TREES

I love lilies! I’ve had these the year before and they are coming back again this year with double the blooms and height. These have a lovely fragrance.

Nicotiana Lime Green

These are really lovely lime green flowers. It would look great with any groups of flowers in the yard, a nice accent.

Dianthus

Sweet Potato Vine Green

This potato vine is one of the few potato vines that have colors. I love these groundcovers. They have potatoes growing out at the roots but they are not edible.

DAYLILY

Columbine

That’s all for now! I will have some new flowers to share next week!

Vibrant and Unique Blooms

These past few days there have been an endless amount of flowers appearing in my garden. While some of these flowers are not unique on the internet, they are very unique in my area. I’ve never seen most of these at the local nursery stores before.

My Stokesia Laevis Peachies Pick below just started flowering. It’s strange that this plant is called something “peachies” but has no peach color at all. It’s white and purple mainly. It comes back every year around the beginning of summer.

Another purple beauty is this Liatris Spicata Kobold which dies back at the beginning of fall and makes an appearance at the beginning of spring each year.

This Rudbeckia ‘Sahara’ is supposed to have beautiful shades of burgundy and more orange colors but so far I have seen them in these darker ruby colors. I was hoping to see more salmon colors. The best thing is that it has grown 5 times bigger than the previous year at almost 3 feet tall. I like tall plants to hide all the hard surfaces like fences and walls.

Below is an awesome dahlia and I have no idea which kind it is because I don’t think it resembles anything I ordered. I have had the wrong plants shipped to me several times and I never know the truth until they sprout flowers. It seemed to be getting larger and larger each day. It starts out mostly red, then orange/yellow, and then finally mostly yellow in the end. So far, this is my favorite dahlia.

Another dahlia that I have no idea what it is called since it doesn’t resemble anything I know. It might have been from a mix.

Another gorgeous dahlia in my garden. It might be the Cambridge dahlia. I plopped this one on my desk at work and it cheered the heck out of me. LOVE IT!!!

This Rose of Sharon hibiscus has a great shade of pink that I love. I was trying to buy one shade of purple Rose of Sharon but ended up with 3 – 4 of them in shades of pinks and purples.

The little cutie below is called Five Spots and I am completely in love with it! It’s a small plant and super adorable in a pot. This plant makes me think of God’s creativity and awesomeness.

A must have for your garden is this adenium obesum, or desert rose. I love that it requires very little water and that it has gorgeous reddish pink flowers a few times a year.

In this pot below are some lovely pink impatiens and a beauteous purple and white Blackcurrant Swirl Angel’s Trumpet. I grew these from seeds and they are fast growers.

This multi-orangey colored flower below is a Four O’clock. Strangest name ever but it is super pretty! I didn’t grow this plant but it appeared in my yard a few months ago. I kind of knew what it is so I let it grow. I’m really glad I did because it is a flower I find very appealing in my garden.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fun-filled weekend!

Dahlias, Lilies, and Poppies

I’m so excited about this post because it is about three of my favorite flowers: dahlias, lilies, and poppies.  Many of my dahlias are not fully grown yet since I planted them only a few weeks ago. They seem to be taking a long time growing, maybe I am just impatient.

The other slow grower is the poppy plants. I started seeds in February and they are starting to flower now. Although they are slow, I love seeing them flower. It is always spectacular!

Now, lilies are fast growers and I planted them a month or so ago. They are easy to grow in poor soil and hot conditions like we have here in Southern California.

DAHLIAS

LILIES

POPPIES

Purples and Pinks

I know I talk a lot about purple and pink flowers and you will probably hear it over and over the rest of the year. I  keep finding myself gravitating towards these colors! This year I grew some new hibiscuses that are pinks and purples as you can see below.  I am also sharing some pictures of alstroemeria, hollyhocks, nicotiana, clematis, and an interesting succulent called lampranthus deltoides.

ROSE OF SHARON HIBISCUS

HOLLYHOCKS

Zebrina Hollyhock Mallow

ALSTROEMERIA

Inticancha Indigo Alstroemeria

Nicotiana Perfume Deep Purple

Plum Gorgeous Vancouver Clematis

Lampranthus deltoides

I hope you enjoyed the glorious flowers today. Below is a gorgeous view of my garden a few days ago where it was partly cloudy and sunny.  The way the sunlight shined on the garden is beautiful.

Daylilies and More

My daylilies started blooming a few days ago. They are always a delight to see! I love the colors in this batch. Last week I poo-pooed the idea of buying “mix” or “collection” of bulbs because you usually end up with colors no one wants to buy, like orange but this is one of the few good ones out there.   The below flowers are the Daylight Savings Reblooming daylilies. I’ve had them for at least 2 seasons now and the blooms are better each year. 

These next pictures are other flowers that bloomed the last few days. The white lily tree below has flowers that are as big as my hand as you can see. I have small hands but this flower is about 6 inches wide. There are three gorgeous gigantic flowers on one stalk. It is scented, almost like a gardenia. This lily tree is from a mixture and I have no idea what kind this is.

Big Kiss White Flame Gazania
Sweet William

Hibiscus is my number one favorite flower and this Rose of Sharon hibiscus is the best. I love the colors and the prolific blooms.

Rose of Sharon
Same hibiscus but color faded the next day
Angelonia Augustifolia possibly

Lastly, the Dusty Miller below is extraordinarily beautiful and vibrant this year more than ever. It seems like a good year for all Dusty Millers because I see them all flowering in my neighborhood.

Brugmansias and Trees

One of my favorite trees to grow is the brugmansia or also known as Angel’s Trumpet. They are highly fragranted, fast growing, and produce abundant beautiful flowers year round. They are so easy to propagate in a glass of water.

The brugmansia below is propagated from another plant and it is a little over a year and a half. It is about 3 feet tall. You may notice in my posts that I like to say how old and how tall my plants or trees are. I do that because I feel sometimes new gardeners like myself like to know how big plants could get and how long it takes to get such and such sizes. I find that very few gardening sites tell you how big plants are at certain stages. If you look at all the tall things growing in my yard in these pictures, know that they are about at least three years old because that’s how long I have been gardening. My BEFORE garden pictures were posted in this earlier blog here.

Charles Grimaldi Brugmansia

They can get pretty tall like this one, which is about 10 feet tall if you trim the side shoots. Bees love them and so do pests like aphids. I don’t remember what kind of brugmansia this pink one is because I’ve had it for over 15 years.

The mother plant Charles Grimaldi of all my Charles Grimaldi brugmansias. It blooms continuously throughout the year.

The picture below does not do this Duranta Erecta justice. It has beautiful purple flowers all year long. In the late afternoons, I can hear hummingbirds zipping in and out of this bush like Star Wars pod racers. This tree is 20 years old and is now about 16 feet. I have seen most people keep this type of tree much shorter around 6 feet but I just let it grow to enhance the landscape.

“Duranta Erecta” Sweet Memory Bush

The Red Baron peach below is about 2 years old and will be turning red sometimes in September. Right now there are some peaches on the tree but it is still slightly brown and green so my dogs have not discovered it yet. Once it ripens and stands out more in the tree, I will have to figure out how to keep it from being snatched off the trees by my dogs. It drops leaves in the winter and then develop buds which later turns into beautiful reddish blossoms.

This here is my Cranberry hibiscus tree which I grew from seeds. It has been about 3 years and they have these beautiful reddish foliage like a maple tree but better because these stay like this all year. This tree was about 10 feet tall at one point but it was growing awkwardly so I trimmed it down and trained it to lean more upright. It was leaning 45 degrees when it grew! Now it is somewhat upright, more like at an 80 degree angle. The flowers are really pretty cranberry-colored like the picture below. It blooms during the day and closes up each day.

This is a three year old papaya tree grown from seeds. It is about 3 1/2 feet tall. I’m not sure when they are supposed to have fruit but they get yellow leaves when I try to give it water. Besides the Red Baron peach, this papaya is my other favorite fruit tree in the yard. I’m hoping it will flower and give me fruits soon because I love papayas!

I am also growing some cherimoyas, a starfruit, a persimmon from seeds. I don’t know where my persimmon plant is out there right now.

Cherimoya – 2 year old from seed about 12 inches tall
Starfruit: the center woody stick about 8 inches tall after 2 years

While I was outside, I noticed this Columbine flower which I am sure I never grew. It was such a wonderful surprise since I have been wanting a Columbine for a long time. I will leave you with admiring that flower.

Gladiolus Garden

My garden is currently colored with gladiolus flowers in shades of pink, purple, and cream. This year is the best flowering season thus far, probably because it has been in my garden for 3 years and also I gave it a bit of bone meal fertilizer early in the season. The colors are deeper, stalks are greener and petals are more perfectly formed. I didn’t even know they were so ruffled until this year!

One of my greatest love about the gladioli is that they make great cutting flowers. They last for more than a week if you cut the stems off by an inch every few days and change water. These flowers below are stunning in vases! I have been putting them in vases to leave on co-workers’ desks these past few weeks. At home no one appreciates flowers like I do since my children are both boys and even the two dogs are males!