Thursday, October 2, 2014

MORNING LIGHT

Early morning in the garden is the time to capture the garden at its best. I have been cleaning out a lot of the extra plants growing in the herb garden.



 It's a favorite place for plants to seed in the cracks between the pavers. But eventually the time comes to make way for next years little hopefuls. Gomphrena has spilled over to make it impossible to walk down the pathway.


Several times this week I have breakfasted alone, sitting in a spot under the covered patio.


From a distance the impression is that there is not much to do. The plumbago has taken the place of the heart-leaf skullcaps. Of course the skullcaps will be back again during the cooler weather.





A couple of years ago I finally had success with a summertime wall planter. This is the second generation planting with a new Agave desmettiana, 'variegata' with the narrow-leaf Mexican portulaca. I used felt to line the basket.


Around the corner in the English garden the Felicia rose is about to bloom again.


There is no more faithful re-bloomer than Felicia. This is her third blooming of the year and the fragrance from a single rose this week stopped me in my tracks.


Hope you are enjoying your fall garden. I am.

19 comments:

  1. Your yard always looks good. I know you don't see it that way, but trust me, to the rest of us - it looks GORGEOUS.

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  2. I made a profound comment about how pretty your garden looks in the morning light. Then something went wrong in the Publish process and it disappeared and I forgot what I said.

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    1. Never mind Jean. I love the words you wrote the second time.

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  3. The garden seems to be bathed in a cooler light--love the "softness" of it.
    I find it funny that I can't seem to get Gomphrena to germinate---and you have plenty. Love that stuff--hope to eventually luck out.

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    1. It is quite amazing how well the gomphrena seeds overwinter. In fact the Gomphrena 'fireworks' is becoming a bit of a nuisance. It grows so big.

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  4. I echo your other commentators - your garden is gorgeous. Morning is absolutely the best time in my garden too - if I was less of a sluggard, I'd get up earlier to enjoy that time of day more fully. We're entering another heatwave, this one combined with dry Santa Ana winds, so morning is the only usable time in the garden at the moment.

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    1. I hope the weather cools off for you soon and you get some much needed rain this winter. I remember the first time I experienced a Santa Anna wind. I couldn't believe the heat and the red sky from the desert dust.

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  5. I adore your herb garden - the pavers, the plants spilling over, it's totally charming. I have a hard time pulling up the extras!

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  6. Beautiful, as always. When you line the basket in felt, is there the coconut liner under it? I had heard of using felt but had assumed it went inside the coconut liner. I always enjoy your postings. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I did put some weed barrier material in there to slow down the drainage. Next time I will use more because the water does tend to run right through. My coconut liner just deteriorated over time so I got rid of it completely. The felt lasts much longer. You could also use burlap.

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    2. Thanks. Burlap or felt seem like much better alternatives to the coconut liners. They need replacing too often and I'm tired of wasting money on them.

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  7. Such a lovely view. I'd have a hard time getting up and leaving that view for anything other than "another cup"... Are those Indian blanket wildflowers I'm seeing? You still have blooms? I'm putting out seed for those for next year and I'll be thrilled if we get a nice long blooming season out of ours (IF we get any at all that is!).

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    1. Yes, Indian blankets. I usually have them year round although this year there are not so many due to the lack of rain. I see new seeds germinating for next year.

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  8. I first learned about the 'Felicia' rose from your blog and as soon as I found one, bought it. I've been so happy with this rose. Thank you for sharing your beautiful gardens.

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    1. I'm so glad you found 'Felicia' I much prefer the delicate roses and her fragrance is one of the best.

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  9. Oh my! It hardly looks real. Just lovely.

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  10. I see your Philippine violet is blooming. I'm hopeful mine will put on a show this year. Last year they were too shaded, so I moved them.

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