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.

Quick Glance around the Garden

New growth on Agarista populifolia.

Cotula lineariloba blooming.

Debregeasia edulis came back strong. It is said to be a zone 9 plant, it is not.

Crataegus orientalis.

Choisya ‚Aztec Pearl‘ has still some flowers left.

Cute little Pimelea prostrata with cute little blooms.

Crambe cordifolia with Rhamnus californica in the back.

Nymphaea alba.

Tuesday Garden Tour (June ’17)

The first Proteacea ever to flower in my garden! This is Grevillea alpina ‚Canberra Gem‘ and it survived last winter outside.

Some flower buds on Penstemon pinifolius.

My favorite Hebe (no I.D.) is lovely in bloom.

Sinocalycanthus chinensis is flowering for the first time.

Argyrocytisus battandieri ‚Yellow Tail‘ supposedly smells like pineapple. Mine doesn’t really. It’s still a great plant. The white flowers belong to Crambe cordifolia.

I’m very excited that my Leptospermum namadgiensis is blooming. The flowers kinda look like those from raspberries.

Cool tassels on Tradescantia x andersoniana ‚Leonora‘.