Some light

The evening sun backlights the plants of the front garden so nicely, sometimes I just have to go outside and get a closer look! Even the plants that are in shade now benefit (photographically) from the light reflected off the front of the house.

(I took these a couple of weeks ago, but I have seen a variation of it every day since. )


Allium seed head still satisfies long after blooming has finished:

So many Agastaches, mainly the small-flowered types (A. foeniculum and similar):

The ubiquitous bamboo:

Pachypodium lamerei always looks better outdoors:

I had to show the Hibiscus lasiocarpos flower buds again, all curled together so nicely:

I can't remember if this is normal or if there is extra curl this year...

Red-whisker clammyweed (Polanisia dodecandra) -- my favorite common name I think -- is a native that looks like a miniature clemoe:

Another native that has become a bit weedy in my garden (Chasmanthium latifolium):

I remember when I first bought this the nursery worker said it was beautiful, like a little bamboo. My bamboos are easier to control than this one I think.

Glad to say that Verbena bonariensis reseeds in my garden, and some of the plants overwinter. This is a somewhat wind-blurred image, but makes me happy:

Not so glad about this:

Pests like this are not usually a big problem here, and a blast of water got rid of them.

Why have a garden if you're not going to look closely, right?


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (July 3, 2017 at 12:16 PM)  

I really enjoyed your macro photos until I got to the last one. Yikes! I'm very familiar with mealy bugs and no matter what I do, I cannot get rid of them. NASTY.

Hoover Boo  – (July 3, 2017 at 5:42 PM)  

Those are lovely photos. I was thinking about garden size vs. daintiness of plants--are tiny plants better suited to small gardens? They seem to demand raised beds or terraces, so they can be seen and admired closely without the need to crawl. Macro lenses help with dainty.

Mark and Gaz  – (July 3, 2017 at 6:22 PM)  

Great photos, all of them! And that Hibiscus is such a wonderfully odd and unique subject!

outlawgardener  – (July 5, 2017 at 9:24 AM)  

Especially loved the curly hibiscus; not so much the mealy bugs. Like many things, a little alcohol can make it all better. (That's rubbing alcohol sprayed on the mealy bugs if you see them coming back.)

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