May ’18 Garden Tour

Tetraneuris scaposa looks cheerfull. It’s a bit susceptible to snails.

The star of this year’s winter: Choisya ‚Aztec Pearl‘ wasn’t bothered at all with the -13°C dip. Now it’s in full bloom.

Xanthoceras sorbifolium has stunning blooms and edible nut, though it hasn’t set fruit for me yet. The large leaf on the left is Argyrocytisus battandieri ‚Yellow Tail‘.

It looks like Rhaphiolepis indica will be flowering for the first time. It had no problems with the winter, but that’s maybe just because it’s in a sheltered spot. The wiry plant is Hoheria angustifolia which seems to be hardy although not evergreen.

Flowering Erodium petraeum ‚Katharine Joy‘ is a joy to look at. It is framed by the spiny Ziziphus jujuba on the left, Tetraneuris scaposa on the bottom and Satureja montana ssp. montana in the back.

Rubus acuminatus took the cold spell in winter like a champ. It’s going to flower this year for the first time.

Laureliopsis philippiana is coming back after losing its leaves in winter.

The same goes for Amelanchier denticulata, which I’m very happy about.

I’m not a fan of Penstemon confertus. The color is weak and it flops over. (In the second picture is some foliage of the lovely Prostanthera cuneata)

Both Grevilleas got burnt badly this winter. Grevillea victoriae ‚Murray Valley Queen‘, in the first picture, seems to be better at regenerating than Grevillea alpina ‚Canberra Gem‘ (second picutre).

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Early Spring Impressions

We had a mild winter with a hard ending: End of February temperatures dipped down to -13°C for a short time.

Beautiful combination: Hebe albincans (no i.d.) with Podocarpus acutifolius ‚Golden Lady‘. On the left, Choisya ‚Aztec Pearl‘ is peeking in.

Dainty Cyclamen coum.

Sarcococca confusa has a lovely scent.

Hamamelis (no i.d.) was on fire this spring.

Kind of Looking Back

I found an old camera with a bunch of photos from the last two years. Here they are, in no chronological order:

I tested these two species of Aristotelia: A. chilensis in the front, and A. serrata in the back with red stems.

Aristotelia chilensis freezes more easily to the ground, though it regenerates better. (Both pictures of the individual species were taken in winter, hence the stressed, yellow tint.)

This Aristotelia serrata got nearly killed last winter.

Azara petiolaris was hit bad by the long winter cold last year. Not as hardy as I thought.

A Banksia seedling that’s still living. I forgot which species it belongs to. On the left some Dianella tasmanica and creeping on the right: Muehlenbeckia axillaris.

Berkheya purpurea from South Africa has beautiful flowers and is hardy (though not long-lived). But I think it needs better drained soil for long-term success. The color is awesome.

Flowering Brachyglottis greyi ‚Sunshine‘. I love my combination with Hakea microcarpa (the photo doesn’t show it quite right).

Bulbine bulbosa is definitely not hardy. A Zone 9 plant, can’t survive temps under -5°C.

I love the foliage of Ceanothus gloriosus x masonii ‚Blue Jeans‘. Hardy and easy.

Chiliotrichum diffusum ‚Siska‘ looks like Lavandula.

Chrysanthemum indicum ‚Nanking‘ just died last winter. I wasn’t expecting that. It flowered extremely late in the year, just before the hard frosts; the plant was too big and not that great to eat.

Commelina tuberosa, which supposedly has edible tubers, didnt come back after last winter.

Another of my own favorite plant combinations: The ground-covering Muehlenbeckia axillaris with the small Coprosma acerosa var. brunnea ‚Bruno‘. Now, this year I bought some female plants, so I’m hoping for its spectacular blue fruits.

Crataegus orientalis with unripe fruit. The fruit tastes like apples, however, it has some big, hard seeds in it.

Dianella congesta flowered once, but didn’t set fruit. It’s not hardy (I tested it), I keep it in a pot.

Big-leaved Drimys winteri with Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‚Fastigiata‘. Interestingly, the Cephalotaxus got hit hard by the late frost. Both plants are fine now.

I bought this as Erodium petraeum, but it’s more likely a hybrid.

Fuchsia ‚Phyllis‘ freezes back each winter.

The beautiful Gevuina avellana died during summer, so I couldn’t even test it for winter hardiness. In the foreground some blooms of Ugni molinae.

Spiky Hakea microcarpa.

Hebe buxifolia.

It’s possible to make tea with Hydrangea serrata ‚Oamacha‘. In the background some wild Oregano and Melissa.

Ilex vomitoria is closely related to Yerba Mate and its leaves contain caffeine.

Impatiens omeiensis isn’t growing well for me.

Some proud Cardoon.

Lagerstroemia indica ‚Violet‘ flowered only once in my garden.

Lomatia ferruginea was already dying during the warmer season, but winter gave it the rest.

My other Lomatia, L. tinctoria, on the other hand, is doing fine.

Luma apiculata got hit by our last winter and froze almost to the base.

From several Melianthus major, that I grew from seed, only a little one survived last winter.

The beautiful Olearia macrodonta came barely through the winter and was killed by the late frost. A bummer!

Olearia virgata lineata lost its leaves, but seems to have good winter hardiness.

Passiflora caerulea barely made it through winter.

Pernettya/Gaultheria mucronata is easy and hardy.

Polylepis australis has made it through its first winter just fine.

The Protea seedlings, I planted out (they’re supposedly high-altitude species), didn’t make it.

I bought this as Rhamnus californica. It’s semi-evergreen, but it just looks like a regular Frangula alnus.

Rubus acuminatus does okay.

Rubus acuminatus with Tasmannia lanceolata ‚Red Spice‘ on the right.

This nice Monarda perished last winter.

In the center, silver with yellow blooms: Santolina chamaecyparissus. On the right: Distylium myricoides is a bit of a messy plant. On the left in the back of Santolina: Callistemon sieberi ‚Widdicombe Gem‘. On the left, in front of the Callistemon with red flowers: Penstemon pinifolius. This plant composition doesn’t exist anymore, I shuffled some of the plants around and to other places. But they all are still living.

Sinocalycanthus chinensis flowered this year for the first time. I’m not a fan of this plant, the snails however are.

Ripe berries of Sorbus rosea.

I liked Thalictrum delavayi ‚Splendide‘. It didn’t come back in spring.

Tulbaghia violacea survived one winter, but not the second.

The delicate flowers of Ugni molinae. It’s not hardy enough and it doesn’t regenerate fast, I have to keep them in a pot.

Ugni molinae is not hardy enough and it doesn’t regenerate fast, I have to keep them in a pot.

Ungnadia speciosa freezes mostly back to the ground.

The berries of Zanthoxylum simulans have a great, overpowering aroma.

Autumnal

Akebia trifoliata produced fruit for the first time. The color is quite ugly, like bruised skin. But it tastes good and is very sweet.

Malacomeles (Amelanchier) denticulata is flowering now. Fruit is probably not going to happen. I just hope this handsome Mexican shrub is hardy enough for our winter.

In the case of Arbutus unedo ‚Compacta‘ I do hope it will produce some fruit. I like them a lot.

Epilobium (Zauschneria) canum is just starting to bloom now. The red color is intense. It grows alongside a small Chamaerops humilis.

Grevillea victoriae ‚Murray Valley Queen‘ grew quite a lot its first year in my garden. Now some blooms are opening low on the plant.

What’s Flowering?

Dicliptera suberecta looks great. I hope it’s hardy here for me.

Lycium barbarum aka Goji berry does really well this year with lots of flowers.

Haplopappus glutinosus is an Asteraceae, interestingly, with hard leaves. On the left are some (soft but prickly) leaves of Morina longifolia.

The flowers of Ziziphus jujuba will turn into a nice little treat. Those tiny flowers are quite strangely positioned.

Tuesday Garden Tour (July ’17)

Lomatia tinctoria is growing very well, with lush new foliage, even though I put in another place this spring and Proteaceae are said to be sensitive to transplanting.

Grevillea alpina ‚Canberra Gem‘ is done flowering by now. It didn’t set seed, sadly.

Argyrocytisus battandieri ‚Yellow Tail‘ on the other hand did set seed.

The flowers of Olearia virgata lineata are very delicate. One shower of rain and they are gone.

Grevillea victoriae ‚Murray Valley Queen‘ has so many flower buds. I’m excited!

Vitex rotundifolia is coming in nicely. I got it this year.

Osteospermum ‚Irish‘ in bright colors.

I saw the flower of Felicia uliginosa, when it was already half-way over.