The East Border: Tiptoeing Toward Winter

the East Border

The East Border is showing signs of the changing season now, after its own fashion.  Euphorbia tirucalli "Sticks on Fire" can be seen coloring up for winter.  I don't understand the mechanics of it, but unlike so many colorful succulents, its bright orange and yellow must not be due to heat stress.  It goes green during summer, and it is at its brightest for me in the cooler months.


Also very visible in the above photo is a yet unplanted Tagetes, a hybrid between T. lucida and T. lemmonii.  I intend to plant it just back from where it is in the photo.  (Note: You know you have become a bit disorganized when you return from the garden center realizing you've just bought two plants slated to fill the same empty spot in the border!)

the East Border

Further along the border, Chrysactinia mexicana is just finishing a fine blooming spree.

Chrysactinia mexicana

Visible just behind it is a clump of Narcissus "Autumn Colors".  It looks like I shall have one bloom by early winter, at any rate.

Narcissus bud

Finally, a late cluster of flowers from Caesalpinia pulcherrima.  I gave it a firm pruning some weeks ago, expecting that its season was finished.  It has responded with a good spurt of new growth.  And now a few flowers.  It will stop sometime soon because it is not happy with cold weather.  But temperatures are still fairly warm, and it has not stopped thus far!


I'm not sure whether there will be an official Tuesday View this week, as so many gardens are winding down with the oncoming of winter; but here is my look at the East Border in mid-November.  Thanks to Cathy at Words and Herbs for developing this meme!

Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Weather Diary: Mostly sunny; High: 83 F (28 C)/Low: 53 F (12 C); Humidity: 12%-44%

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Cathy (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 05:19)

    Ooh, that last photo is gorgeous Amy! Like the look of your new plant too. This bed is shaping up nicely with the Euphorbia as a nice splash of background colour. :) I might post a view next week, but it so grey and yukky out there at the moment! We will see!

  • #2

    rusty duck (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:19)

    I do love the wide views of your borders and that first shot is wonderful. Sticks on Fire with the roses is a stunning combination. If only I could repeat it.. :(

  • #3

    Kris P (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:50)

    The Tagetes will look lovely in front of the 'Sticks on Fire', Amy! And I love seeing the horse in the background too.

  • #4

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:47)

    Cathy - I think this is one of the few climates (at least in the northern hemisphere) where November is actually a nice month. ;-) I've been so pleased with the Euphorbia, though I must admit I'm wondering where it will stop... It's already bigger than anticipated!

  • #5

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:52)

    Thank you so much, RD - It's a relief to get things into the front (and back) of that border as it's been the most difficult place to keep plants alive. Sticks on Fire grows well in containers and could overwinter nicely in a greenhouse, I would think... ;-)

  • #6

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:56)

    Kris - I bought the Tagetes inspired in part by my earlier (failed) attempt with T. lucida and the fact that I always admire your T. lemmonii. I'm not sure whether this is the best of both worlds, but I'm happy to have it in! Too bad Johnny had his head down in the tub for the best shots... ;-)