Tuesday, September 29, 2009


BOG SAGE (Salvia uliginosa)

"Bluer than Blue," that's how I describe Bog Sage. I first saw this Salvia at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. The blue was so striking I couldn't take my eyes off it! I've had it a few years. If I'd let it, it would take over my garden. When it starts to travel, I easily pull it up. This is not however one of those nice smelling salvias, and I'm reminded of that when I'm yanking away. The rest of the time, the scent is undetectable.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


I've decided to make one of my beds a mixed bed of ornamental grasses. I've also included annuals and perennials to give it pizzazz. I'm a big fan of Setcreaseas (Wandering Jew) and have four different varieties. I like how they combine with grasses. The most common, which is a deep purple, is at the forefront. In the morning, they are dotted with little lavender pink flowers. Coleus is also part of the mix acting as a 'gatecrasher.' In the top photo, just barely visible, are the bright red blooms of Salvia coccinea sprinkled here and there. A chartreuse potato vine sprawls through like a snake and makes the salvia pop.

Monday, September 21, 2009



I have a bed devoted to different varieties of Salvia greggii. In Texas we call it Autumn Sage. I usually cut it way back in the last part of June in preparation for blooms in the fall. We are having a delightfully early fall this year (knock on wood) so they are blooming their heads off. I promised myself that I would keep track of all the varieties, but I'm starting to lose track. I also have some that have seeded that are each different than their parents. It is an easy bed to maintain because they don't need gallons of water. I have noticed however that they seem to respond well to it during really dry spells. Salvia greggii is tops on my list!

Saturday, September 19, 2009


Jewels of Opar (Talinum paniculatum)
You have to see these enlarged, to get the full effect! Click the photo to enlarge.

We have been blessed with rain, for several days. I took this between spells. I love how the little droplets look frozen. A little winter preview in the summer! The pink buds are usually open, showing the daintiest of flowers. I have let them re-seed abundantly on the 'inferno strip,' the bed between the city street and the sidewalk, in my front yard.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


I'm still here! September pictures coming soon!