Our weather here on the central coast has been quite cool and rainy since the fall. This past week we warmed up considerably but not before a stretch of night-time temps dipping dangerously low. Luckily in my year old garden I have not amassed much of a tender plant collection (yet).
My self-sown seedlings from last years annuals are doing remarkably well. In fact I have had blooms already!
Another neat California native is Coreopsis gigantea, native to the southern California coast down into Baja and on the Channel Islands. I’ve posted pics of them before, from my trips to see them in bloom along the coast north of Malibu, but now I have one of my own.
Can you believe this three-foot tall monster was a little plant in a 4″ pot last March.
Maireana sedifolia is doing well next to the Coreopsis. It is very important that both of these plants have excellent drainage. They are planted on a raised mound of soil which helps but it makes me a bit nervous that an Artemisia frigida planted right below them completely rotted out.
One plant that was very unhappy with our 30 degree weather is Trichodesma scottii. It is a borage relative from the island of Socotra. All of its buds and the ends of its leaves turned to mush. I hope it will bounce back and bloom this summer. At least now I know it isn’t cold hardy and can throw a sheet over it on freezing nights. Other plants that suffered some damage were Lotus berthelotii, Iochroma cyanea, and Pycnostachys urticifolia but they should all bounce back.
I was just looking at pictures of this garden from last spring when all the plants were brand new and it is exciting to see how much everything has filled in.
I am still not sure exactly what is going to happen with the sewers. I know the original plan was for the pipes to go right down the center of the left hand bed in the photo above. My landlady made an appointment with someone from the town and spoke to them about it and apparently she can fill out an amendment requesting that they go through the street instead. Unfortunately I had an appointment on the day the guy came out so I couldn’t be there and I only got to speak to her about it briefly. So for now I am cautiously optimistic and I have decided to do a bit of work on the garden.
The garden looked OK last summer but I was not completely happy with it. I kept adding to it bit by bit as interesting plants became available and the overall plan was a bit off. So I dug up all the Santolinas, Scabiosa, and some of the Festuca and rearranged them. I moved my Eryngiums to the other side of the bed and replaced them with some Phlomis leucophracta that I grew from seed. I’ll be adding some inexpensive plants to empty spaces and across the front of the garden I’ve moved around some of the seedlings that are coming up.
I’m just going to move forward hoping that this garden won’t be harmed and if worse comes to worse and I have to dig everything out again at least I got some exercise.