Posts tagged with "Hamelia"



28. February 2017
small sunny garden, desert garden, amy myers, photography, eremophila, valentine, limonium, perezii, hippeastrum, red pearl, amaryllis, russelia, pottery, stoneware, monday, in a vase on monday, iavom
Today's vase was quite a flamboyant concoction. It began several days ago when I salvaged a broken stem of Hippeastrum "Red Pearl". Last autumn I planted "Red Pearl" directly out into the North Border. It has grown well: a little more slowly than my potted Christmas bulb and much more quickly than the Hippeastrums already in the garden. It is a luscious red, very classic.
24. January 2017
small sunny garden, desert garden, amy myers, photography, rose, mister lincoln,
Cold, windy, wet weather was predicted for last night and today. Apart from a few showers, it has turned out quite mild; but the prediction had already encouraged me to cut one flower for today's vase. The enormous bud on the rose "Mister Lincoln" stood a good chance of being broken off or at least battered about if the winds blew in. So I cut it last night and slipped it into a vase this morning. The rose had a beautifully long stem, so I tried one of my taller vases. It was too wide for a...
16. January 2017
small sunny garden, amy myers, desert garden, photography, garden, arizona, gbbd, garden bloggers bloom day, january, flowers, senna, nemophila
The weather has been perfect so far this January, and the plants are relishing it. While I feel that I need to improve my selections for wintertime bloom (it is, after all, a prime season in the desert), the showing for this month is quite cheering.
31. December 2016
hamelia, patens, firebush, desert garden, small sunny garden, tropical, amy myers, photography, berries, winter, december, favorite
Although its value extends nearly year-round, I am featuring the tropical shrub Hamelia patens for December, as I join with Loree's monthly favorites theme. Yes, there was brilliant bloom in late summer, no mean achievement with temperatures over 108 F (42 C) many days. And as summer moved into autumn, the flowering increased. But now, with a few crisp nights, there are berries as bright as the flowers and leaves with a wonderful mix of burgundy and green.
26. December 2016
hamelia, firebush, lavender, goodwins creek gray, euphorbia firesticks, sticks on fire, monday vase, in a vase on monday, iavom, amy myers, photography, small sunny garden, desert garden
Today's vase unexpectedly became a celebration of a couple of the more exotic plants that make winter beautiful in the desert garden.
17. December 2016
small sunny garden, desert garden, amy myers, photography, garden bloggers bloom day, gbbd, december, winter flowers, gaura, oenothera, lindheimeri
Well, this post is two days late as the holidays have kept me busy, but it seemed a shame not to go ahead and post for December's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Not surprisingly, given the mild weather, there is plenty to choose from! Most of the bloom is from long-flowering plants enjoying the cool temperatures, not to mention a bit of much-appreciated moisture. (A little more would be even more appreciated!) I have put in only a few cool-season bedding annuals so far. The most noticeable are...
11. December 2016
desert garden, small sunny garden, amy myers, photography, autumn, foliage, leaves, lagerstroemia, crape myrtle, dynamite
I was inspired by Kris's recent post to take a closer look at autumn color in my garden. Not just any color, but the reds and yellows of leaves turning for the cold months. This is one area where warm winter gardens typically don't have much to show for themselves. Many of my plants are evergreen, some are summer deciduous, and some merely drop their leaves after an ignominious stage of ragged brown. But I thought it might be worthwhile to inventory what is actually going on. So I did, and it...
29. November 2016
small sunny garden, desert garden, in a vase, monday, amy myers, flower arrangement, photography, stoneware, ceramics, pottery, rhodophiala, chrysanthemum, ornamental grasses
This week's flower selection began with snipping a single trumpet off the newly arrived flowers of Rhodophiala bifida, commonly known as Oxblood Lily. A Hippeastrum relative, it has a reputation for growing well in very rugged conditions of the hot and dry sort. Not surprisingly, it has a tendency to bloom in response to rain, and a couple days worth of showers last week popped the first one out of the ground. This first blooming stem has grown to about a foot tall; like another relative,...
16. November 2016
small sunny garden, desert garden, amy myers, garden bloggers bloom day, gbbd, november, photography
It is the middle of the month now, the middle of November at that! Time for a look at what is blooming in the garden with Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. This is a lush season here in the desert, as temperatures are quite comfortable. It might be even lusher if we could get some rain, but so far that hasn't happened. Perhaps a little later... Meantime, here is what the garden is doing. This month I divided the plants according to seasonality, only to find that...
17. October 2016
small sunny garden, amy myers, desert garden, garden bloggers bloom day
For me, yesterday's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day coincided with a chance to visit Summerwinds Nursery, an opportunity which unabashedly ousted my Bloom Day post till today. After all, this is the start of planting season here and the tables were loaded. Every minute I could spare today went to planting, and there is still plenty left to do! Meantime, I didn't want to miss my Bloom Day post altogether. So out I went with camera in hand, only to find my flower photography preempted by an even more...