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morning in the garden . . . | by hortulus
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morning in the garden . . .

This morning was less warm than the last few days, with a promise that the day will be more pleasant as well. Was out in the garden checking on how some things fared in the recent heat wave. This grouping was looking quite well so I thought I'd capture it and share it here.


The Echeveria 'Gilva Spreader', in the foreground, I've shared about before - not as many flowers as we've had previously, but a better showing than expected this year (the weather has been so strange). To the left is Iris foetidissima 'Variegata' - a nice, tough, persistent clump of handsome foliage. Behind it, in front of the large terra-cotta pot, is Calamintha nepeta - we've seem this a lot growing wild in the South of France. My plants came from the late Wayne Roderick, a local plantsman and plant collector. I really enjoy its fragrant, minty foliage.


To the right of the Calamintha is a pot of hybrid Agengel or Pansy-Faced Pelargonium 'Angie' (from our friend Robin at Below 'Angie' is a small, blue-gray carpet of Sedum rupestre. I also grow the very closely related S. sediforme, but S. rupestre is distinctive in its flower stems which emerge arched over like an umbrella handle before straightening up when in flower. Between this Sedum and the Echeveria first mentioned, is the foliage of Stachys chrysantha.


In the rear is a large plant of Lavandula dentata and a small potted specimen of L. viridis. The succulent in the top left corner is Crassula perfoliata var. heterotricha.

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Taken on April 21, 2009