I do try. I prefer to submit pictures that conform at least somewhat to a particular theme. It just did not work out that way for this week. The only thing in common with these pictures is that they are from the same garden. It is garden at work, but one that I do not do much in.

1. Grape, which I still think of as dago wisteria, was planted here years ago, by someone who is no longer here to take care of it. The established vine grows like big voracious weed. I pruned it back last winter, and pulled up several stems that rooted where they flopped onto the ground. There are still six copies left at the storage nursery. I would like to plant some of them this winter, but the one original is already too much work. The grapes are somewhat tart when ripe, which makes me suspect that it is not quite warm enough here for them. It gets warm during the day, but cools off at night.P90720

2. Succulent of an unknown species grows so close to the grapevine that it was overwhelmed before I pruned the vine back. This is a common exotic succulent that has been around in the region for a long time. I remember that it grew on the sides of some of the roads in Montara, along with other vegetation that naturalized from the gardens of homes that had been there during the Victorian period. I suppose that it is naturalized also in some spots, but does not seem to be aggressive or invasive about it. This particular specimen was likely put here intentionally. The foliage is always yellowish.P90720+

3. Tillandsia, along with a few other epiphytic bromeliads, were added to this garden just this year. They are wired onto this branch from the Eucalyptus cinerea that I mentioned in ‘Silver‘ last week. The branch is a scrap from pruning that was just propped up in the landscape for the ephiphytes. The big gray limbs in the background are of an old ‘Kwanzan’ flowering cherry tree. The epiphyllums that I mentioned two weeks ago on Sunday in ‘Epiphyllum Surprise‘ get hung from the cherry tree while they are in bloom, and then sent back to the storage nursery for recovery when they finish.P90720++

4. Spanish moss hangs with the tillandsias on the same branch of the Eucalyptus cinerea. It does not grow here naturally of course. It would probably prefer a significantly more humid situation. It gets watered and misted automatically from above. So far all the epiphytes seem to be happy here, and do not see to mind that the stem that they are clinging to is from a eucalyptus. Mosses that cling to native oaks do not cling to eucalyptus trees until the trees are old. While viable, young eucalyptus bark is toxic to mosses and other epiphytes, and exfoliates too regularly for much to cling to it anyway.P90720+++

5. Alyssum happens to be one of my favorite wildflowers in this garden. When I was little kid, I found a small envelope of mixed wildflowers seed in a Sunset Magazine in a waiting room in a hospital. It is a long story, but to be brief, I ‘borrowed’ the seed, and put it out in my mother’s garden. The alyssum from that mix naturalized and self sowed quite nicely for decades. The original plants might have bloomed more colorfully, but eventually reverted to basic white, just like these that grow wild here. I still believe that white is the best, but would not mind other colors if I ever grew it intentionally.P90720++++

6. Morning Glory is another favorite, but for a different reason. I like it here because it is so much prettier than it ever was in any of my gardens. I sowed the seed, and cared for it, but morning glory was never very happy for me. In this garden, it sows its own seed, and does reasonably well. The vines are not as voracious as they are supposed to be, but the flowers are pretty. That is probably a good thing. These vines happen to be next to the grapevine, so could make quite a mess on top of the mess of the grapevine if they grew as well as they are supposed to. This is a good compromise.P90720+++++

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:


18 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: No Category

  1. Both Tillandsia and Spanish moss are common here, but I’d never thought about the possibility that there could be different Tillandsia species. This one certainly is different from the plant that covers our oak trees and telephone wires, and it’s very attractive. Clearly, that misting is doing well for both plants.

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    1. I do not know what species this one is, but there are a few different species there with it. I normally dislike them because so many who put them into their gardens do not consider the aridity here.

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    1. I really do not know what to expect. These are doing better than most that I see in other gardens. Most who grow them to nothing to enhance humidity. I would not have bothered growing these. A colleague installed them here, and provided the misters to keep them happy.

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    1. The morning glory in the last picture? It would probably be at least as happy in England. They are not so keen on the minimal humidity here. I really can not explain why they are so happy in this particular situation.

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      1. They bloom rather young, even if they don’t get very big. They do not get very big here. In more humid climates, they supposedly get several feet tall. (The perennial form grows seriously big here but that is another story.) Anyway, the vine in the picture was creeping along the ground, and was not big at all. If you really like it, you can see if the seed are available locally. If so, they might do decently there. Even though I prefer white and paler colors, I would recommend the brighter colors for morning glory. It is what they excel at. The paler colors are a bit too sickly for my taste, and do not seem to develop their best color until the vines re dying back at the end of the season. Of course, every climate is different.

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      2. If those in Southern Europe are all the same bright blue, they may be a perennial for known as ‘blue dawn flower’. It can be quite aggressive, and is a serious problem on the coast of Peru.

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      3. Thank you, but they are somewhat common. For us, the blue dawn flower is the more common, not because they are planted more commonly, but because once planted, they get around!

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    1. We can’t. This was so NOT my idea. The climate is too arid for them, so they need misters to do well. Even with misters, I do not know what to expect. They seem to be happy so far, but will not spread into the landscape without mist. I happen to like the Spanish moss, but there are better things to grow here.

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    1. Exotic? Dago wisteria is not exactly exotic. I think that only the tillandsia and Spanish moss are unusual, even though they are not unusual in other regions. Alyssum is always welcome in my garden, and many of the gardens I work in. Even if it were not welcome, it would likely be there anyway.

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    1. It can be an asset in some landscapes, but is sometimes a problem. Algerian and English ivy still grow under them, so the herbicidal effect is actually an advantage while new ivy is still getting established. However, no one want ivy anymore, but instead wants other weaker groundcovers that are not happy under eucalyptus. Cypress and pine try to keep weeds down too.


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