That is, of course, a matter of perspective. Some of us might find some of the six species represented here to be trashy. Some of us might find all six to be appealing. After a slight expression of disapproval of my insensitive designation of my six pictures as ‘White Trash’ last week, I considered that I should perhaps be more tactful with my opinions this week. Then, I got over it.

These six just happen to be rather innocuous, so I have nothing too objectionable to say about them. I am actually rather fond of them. The last comment about #5 refers to the 2-in-1 graft.

1. Oregano, Oringamum vulgare, is civilly naturalized in a few spots. I let it bloom because it is rather pretty. There are plenty of unbloomed stems for anyone who wants a bit of the foliage.P90907

2. Autumn sage, Salvia greggii, with white flowers, developed within a colony that was originally of the cultivar ‘Hot Lips’. The more typical flower is blurred in the upper right background.P90907+

3. Chilean jasmine, Mandevilla laxa, is a mildly fragrant mandevilla. The fragrance is barely perceptible here. I am impressed anyway. I do not expect any fragrance at all from a mandevilla.P90907++

4. Star jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides, is much more fragrant, especially in abundance. I know it is common, but I like it anyway, as much for the foliage as for the fragrant bloom.P90907+++

5. Rose, Rosa spp., seems to be the all too common floribunda cultivar, ‘Iceberg’. It is grafted together with what seems to be ‘Burgundy Iceberg’, onto standards (rose trees). 2-in-1 = tacky!P90907++++

6. Oleander, Nerium oleander, to many, is even tackier. I really like it. Besides, it does so well without irrigation in the rustic or unrefined landscapes. It might be the cultivar, ‘Sister Agnes’.P90907+++++

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

18 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: White (but not) Trash

  1. That oleander is glorious. Oleanders are everywhere here; they’re even one of the favorite plants for lining highways, and Galveston has an oleander festival every year. But I’ve never seen anything like this one. It’s much spiffier than the usual pink and dark pink and even darker pink ones.

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    1. Spiffier?! Wow, most who know oleander are bored with them. An ‘Oleander Festival’ seems silly. Sadly, many are dying out from that oleander leaf scorch. Those in the picture are in a rather remote area. Nearby, there happens to be at lest one of the old fashioned fragrant types. The pink flowers are just like the white flowers (except pink and fragrant), but they make messy and annoying seeds that pop from weird bean like pods. I do not know if the mess is worth the slight bit of fragrance.

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      1. We used to celebrate a ‘Strawberry Festival’ in Los Gatos, many miles away from the strawberry fields of Watsonville. The only strawberries grown in Los Gatos are in home gardens.

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    1. I am still not sure what to think of the lime green. There are not many options for it, although I notice that the green hydrangeas are quite popular now. Green zinnias were popular only briefly. There is so much foliage here that I do not give much thought to green bloom.


    1. Even the oregano? I was jazzed with it before it spread. I am still jazzed with it. I just don’t know how good it looks to others.
      You know, there might be two different types. Getting one showing up like this is odd, but getting two at about the same time is just weird. The oregano in the picture should be Greek. The other type might be the same, but has rather purplish blue flowers like Italian oregano.


    1. Oh, how embarrassing. ‘Iceberg’ rose is unfortunately too common here to be appreciated like other roses. It became too much of a good thing.
      Autumn sage is quite common as well. Just as I get tired of it, another interesting color shows up. They are not flashy at all, but I sort of like their simplicity. Their aromatic foliage is nice too.

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    1. We will be adding just one into a blank spot next to those that are already there. They are not easy to find nowadays. They used to be too common, but since the oleander leaf scorch killed so many of them, new ones are not common at all.


  2. Love them all, even the Iceberg rose. The Oleander is beautiful. The white salvia looks so good too – I might just have to find a space for some of those. I was looking at ‘Clotted Cream’ but a white salvia is very tempting. Hot Lips is not one of my favourites.

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    1. As much as I prefer whit to other colors, I am not very impressed with the white autumn sage. Unless there is plenty of dark green around (which we have PLENTY of in other landscapes) the white is rather mundane relative to the other options.
      Oleander is considered to be too common here, although it is becoming less common now that so much is succumbing to the oleander leaf scorch.


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