Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Poppies and Poinsettia dominate the garden today.  The roses have gone quite after they just had a beautiful bloom.  Now the garden is filled with holiday colors... brilliant scarlet reds from Poinsettia and their rich dark green leaves together with white and yellow Poppies, snow white Alyssum and silver Dusty Miller set the scene for the magic of winter.

The Dusty Miller which grows up so tall and quick adds to the festivities.

The Alyssum provides fragrance.

And the dainty Violas (still blooming) will always be one of my favorites.

Discovered this new friend in the roses.  He's a stink bug, also known as a shield bug.  I'm sure he prefers to be called the latter. 

I am quite behind on uploading images.  I spent the day photographing at the Huntington on October 28th.  The sky was cloudy and almost story which cast a very unique hue over the rose garden.  Here are some images from the day:

I had a lovely afternoon at Descanso Gardens on November 11th.  I'm just now getting around to uploading these here.  These  are some photographers I took while there.

I'm not sure if I've mentioned or posted a picture of this guy before.  He's been in my Rose Bushes all summer long enjoying many delicious snacks.  I keep picking him off the leaves, walking him down the block, yet somehow he finds his way back.  And he's no tiny bug either.  He's HUGE.  This photo was taken on November 9th.  I haven't seen him around in a while so hopefully, he's found a new home for the winter.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Yesterday I picked up some Poppy flowers.  They're called Champagne Bubbles.  

Also got this perfect little Paperwhite.

I love viola!  I'm becoming obsessed with them.  This pretty blue is called Penny Marina.

More Viola.

"Jucy Fruits Papaya" Nemisa

Some Stock and Alyssum I planted last week.

I took some photos around the garden on October 20th.  Just now getting around to posting them.

The herb bed continues to grow.  I have Lemon Balm in here that absolutely loves it in this space.  There are also a few volunteer tomato plants that popped up.

Here are some of the Mums I picked up for Fall color.

The Calla Lilies are growing so tall!  I can't wait until they start producing flowers.

The Sugar Moon rose put out its best bloom of the year.  It's growing so big now that it's starting to lean over, but it looks gorgeous.

There always seems to be a Moonflower blooming around the house.  I've planted a few vines here and there and sometimes I find them hiding.

My Moonflower vine that I have in a pot is making seed pods.

Ivy, Begonia and Pansy.

Ketchup and Mustard


This little pink rose bush has come a long way.  It wasn't doing so well at first.  It seemed to have pretty bad black spot, but since the weather has cooled off, it seems to have gotten much more foliage.





Dahlia's popping up here and there.

Moonshine Yarrow

Ramdom plants by the herb bed.


My Blue Jay


Fragrant Plum Rose


The vertical garden with Ivy and Dead Nettle

Ketchup and Mustard bud


My miniature roses


Fragrant Plum bud