Sunday, July 28, 2013

You Might Wonder ...

Organic Mechanics Garden, Tenderloin District, San Francisco
Y'all know how I love rusty stuff ... were I not an honest & upstanding citizen of this planet who knows that karma will get you somehow, somewhere, I'd have smuggled this out! 
Why I haven't posted anything yet about the Garden Bloggers' Fling in San Francisco ... can we blame it on my heat-addled brain?  Far from being the fabulously cool escape envisioned, the Bay Area was suffering from an unseemly heat wave during my time there.  I am beginning to feel like something of a jinx when it comes to temperature.   

Three views of the chaotic and colorful Keeyla Meadows garden ...
oh, to have the courage to be so bold!
How about blaming it on sensory overload ... being overwhelmed by so many amazingdelightfulwonderful charmingeclecticeccentric beautifulincrediblefantastic awesomephenomenal inspiring gardens?  

Garden bloggers take in the view from the upper deck of the Matt Gil Sculpture Garden
(that's a freeway in the background)
Or we could blame it on being in the company of so many fellow garden fanatics? 

Looking out towards the bay from The Wave Garden
A view from the Dudan Garden
I could blame it on the fabulous views ...

A pond in the Nichols garden

Just one lush corner of the back gardens at Anne Nichols' fabulous home

Succulent plantings in the Nichols Garden
Or the staggering diversity of plantings?

Sunset Magazine Demonstration Gardens

Oh, hay-ull, let's blame it on all of the above!

Monday, July 15, 2013

White Out In the Garden: Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day July 2013

Two weeks have gone by since my return from the Garden Bloggers' Fling so clearly I did not get my blogging mojo back in San Francisco ... nor did I leave my heart there. I'll blame both on the totally unexpected and thoroughly unwelcome heat wave that hit the Bay Area during the Fling.  This has happened to me enough times on my garden related jaunts that I can only conclude that: (a) I am being punished for egregious crimes against gardens in a past life; (b) my presence in any other gardens but my own in the summer is some kind of a jinx; or (c) I am personally responsible for global weirding.  This does not mean I won't be in attendance at next year's Fling in Portland, Oregon but it certainly doesn't bode well for the weather while we're there!

I'm still cogitating about how to share my Fling experiences but while I ponder that, it's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and I thought I'd take time to share a few blooms from my corner of Katy.  I've been planting more white blooming trees and perennials out back in the last couple of years and I like how they light up the gardens at night.  I can see this white plumbago through the patio door at night.

The foliage is a lighter green than is usual, due to the lack of rain.

A creamy white lantana has taken over the space under the Sweet Almond Verbena.  Yes, that's one plant.

Diamond Frost Euphorbia has been a delightful addition to the garden bed along the south fence.

White bauhinia trees are spaced throughout the east/northeast garden bed. That's salvia 'Augusta Duelberg' paired with a bauhinia by the gate.

Thanks for stopping by my corner of Katy for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, the monthly celebration hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.  Mosey on over to see what's blooming around the world!