the winter rains drenched my ramshackle garden. deeply soaking everything.
the copa de oro vine i raised from a scraggly stick given to me by sharron’s daughter, lucy, finally bloomed after 2 years.
now i’m figuring out how to contain it. solandra grandiflora can ramble and is known for its ability to root easily. it sends out large branches that shoot up and then relax down to the waiting soil where it will send down roots and keep moving.
i’m going to just let it GO and see what happens. i think the unopened flower buds look like giant noses. hee hee.
my rosemary in the front is over 6 feet tall. it too enjoys lording over the other plants.
as i’ve mentioned, some pruning is in order.
untended. slightly disheveled.
i don’t even bother to pull the long grass stalks.
the cats need them!
the epiphylums have started blooming out back.
the hibiscus, garden variety & tropical are also putting on a show.
even the olive trees are blooming!
oh pride of madiera!
i remember going on an urban hike a decade ago and bringing back 4 or 5 clippings that turned into giant shrubs.
now i’m spotting the ones with the bluest flowers in the neighborhood so i can start a few new cuttings in the front.
this time i think i’ll use rooting hormone. might be easier.
all of my gernaniums came from cuttings taken on walks years ago.
i collected a few fine specimens on my last 2 trips to santa barbara. they’re rooting on the kitchen table right now.
also a handful of christmas cactus cuttings i brought back from new mexico…
DO NOT leave me unattended in your garden. just don’t.
i can’t help myself.
i don’t think my laissez-faire gardening style would work in a climate that has a real winter.
in other news:
found in the classroom!
a bit more sketchbookery…
see you soon!