these are a few of my favorite things


Things can become favorites for any number of reasons: one being that they are new, so get more attention. Those tall metal fluted containers came from our Bloggers’ Bazaar.. from Loree (Danger Garden), who, coincidentally, hosts the roundup of favorites on the last Friday of every month. I knew immediately that the shorter of the two would be the new home of a small Agave that had been suffering from sunburn in the garden proper. It has a stripe down the middle of each leaf that matches the chartreuse of the pots.

Begonia rex ??

Begonia rex ??

My next assignment was to seek out a plant for the larger pot (I know…poor me). I had some preconceived ideas about what that would be, but at Drake’s 7 Dees I happened upon this begonia with heavily textured leaves in just the right colors. Running into Tamara (Chickadee Gardens), was a delightful surprise. She showed me around and pointed out a few plants that needed to come home with me. She joins Anna (Flutter and Hum) to make your shopping experience at the Scholls Ferry shop as fun as it is tempting.


Having house guests is always one of the perks of summer, especially when they know you so well that they gift you with items like these. See that little guy in the front?


Let’s zero in on him and see if anyone can tell me what he is, besides cute as a button. There are a couple of swelling nodes there that might be developing flowers to adorn the spiky hairdo, in which case I may have to reevaluate his gender (if that is even relevant in this day and age).

Astelia nervosa 'Westland'

I wasn’t sure the begonia was to be the perfect choice for that pot. Besides, I needed an excuse to visit Xera Plants. Astelia nervosa ‘Westland’ was closer to what I had in mind. When I got it home, I decided it belonged in a corner where a collection of metal containers holds sway…the better to show off its explosion of silvery leavesTanacelum densum ssp amani.

No way could I get out of that place with just one plant. Among others, this Tanacelum, with those feathery white leaves, spoke to me.

Stachys albotomentosa

Stachys albotomentosa

This peachy Stachys refused to be left behind. I asked Paul if I should wait until fall to put things in the ground and he assured me that this is a good time to plant if you do it properly. See his blog entry (HERE) to see what that means. His observations are fascinating but if you are impatient to get to the planting part, scroll down to the last couple of paragraphs.

16 thoughts on “these are a few of my favorite things

  1. I never knew there were so many great plants in the Stachys genus. I read that the foliage on S. albotomentosa smells like 7-Up – did you get a wiff? I appreciate your inclusion of Xera’s planting advice (even though I’ve got a moratorium on new planting right now). The owner of an Australian nursery to our north also recommends filling the hole you dig for a plant with water and allowing that to seep down before planting – I’ve tried it and I think its also a useful strategy for planting during the warmer months.

  2. The silvery Astelia is charming. The limey plants look nice in the fluted pots, too. The mystery cactus looks familiar, but the strange blades sticking out are very mysterious.

  3. New garden items are SO much fun, especially those repurposed from friends’ gardens — they’ll always remind you of them. Your color echoes in that top photo are perfection, Ricki. Orange/terracotta and chartreuse bouncing up and down — I love it.

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