just some pictures

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today with just some pictures, and maybe a little talking. You may remember me from such posts as “My Walk At Dusk”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.
You can see how red everything looks here in the “way back” (you can also see the effect of hacking out some of the lilacs; it’s no longer so private back here).
I was looking at the sunset, which is why things were so red.
There are still crocuses in flower.
Okay, so, now, I’m going to show a bunch of pictures (not all completely in focus), mostly of leaves, but also some whole plants. Just to show that the whole garden isn’t all brown and dry.
First, a couple of sempervivums.sempervivumHypericum kazdaghensis.Salvia cyanescens seedlings.
Cyclamen coum.Yucca rupicola.This used to be sold as Ballota ‘All Hallows Green’, but I guess it’s really a form of Marrubium bourgaei.  We grow a lot of horehounds, including the one they make candy from, but I don’t have pictures of that.Marrubium globosum.Marrubium rotundifolium.
Marrubium cylleneum. Orostachys spinosa.
Lithodora oleifolia.Salvia chrysophylla, seedling.
Maihuenia poeppigii, a cactus from Chile.Globularia stygia.A nice hybrid thyme that the guy I live with got at the botanic gardens’ plant sale some time ago.  It turns purplish in winter.Well, that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed these pictures.
I’ll leave you with a picture of me napping in the eighty-five-year-old rattan chair that all the purebred border collies who’ve lived here have enjoyed sleeping in.

Until next time, then.

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17 Responses to just some pictures

  1. Mee-yow wow it sure iss red there an so beeuteefull Mani an Guy! An yore ahrdy Crowcussess are cute!
    Yore plantss are all so lovelee two….there iss ALOT of “ALIVE” at yore place….
    Mee still tryin to figure out how to send you sum rain or snow.
    Wee keep gettin sumthin sorta liek snow butt sorta like rain? Iss littel pelletss not ackshual snowflakess! Weerd rite?
    Mani you look so nobell lookin at THE sky an so comy cozy curled up inn THE Rattan chair that lookss so new an not 85 at all…what a lovelee tradishun that efurry Poochie has sleeped in that chair an you carry it on…like mee hangin out inn Aunty NYLABLUE’SS condo or playin with Grate Aunty Mingflower’ss toyss an Unkell Siddhartha’ss toyss two!
    ***nose rubss*** BellaDharma an (((huggiess))) BellaSita Mum

    • paridevita says:

      Thanks; it’s pretty nice to have things for continuity’s sake, isn’t it? I still have a couple of toys that were left here when I came to this house.
      No rain or snow in the forecast here.

      • It iss lovelee to have mee Unkell an Aunty’ss toyss an blankitss an Condo Mani….mee feelss like a part of a BIG furamilly. Mind you now that wee have had mew Loveseat for a few monthss mee so glad THE Floppy Futon iss g-o-n-e!! 😉
        Still no rain or snow there?? Wee had more stew-pied rain here *sighss*
        ***nose rubss*** BellaDharma an ((huggiess(( BellaSita Mum

      • paridevita says:

        No rain or snow.
        I do get to sleep with a pile of my friends, which is pretty nice. They’re right next to me on the bed, and it’s nice to have them while we watch Q.I. late at night.

      • Iss nice to have stuffiess Mani! Mee even has mee furry own LammyChop stuffie mee snugellss when Bellasita Mum iss inn bed reedin to mee!
        Today wee have had rain; hail, snow pelletss; reel snow an a bit of Sun (’bout 10 seckondss!) This iss not rite at all 😦

      • paridevita says:

        Nothing at all here, though they are saying we might get some snow next Friday.

      • Guud greef wee hope you get sum sort rain or snow…iss ’bout time!!! 😉

  2. Paddy Tobin says:

    Goodness, your drought conditions are truly quite severe; something never seen here in Ireland though we might on occasion complain of a dry spell in summer.

    • paridevita says:

      It’s pretty bad here. This has happened before; just a few years ago in fact.
      We get less rain than Denver does (Denver Botanic Gardens is about a twenty-minute drive north and east of here, and it’s close to downtown). I guess they got about an inch of rain between August and October. None here.

  3. Greg Aitken says:

    Here on Vancouver Island a three month drought bracketed by heat waves switched to a three month deluge in September (but the Agave parryi are soldiering on, amazingly).
    Some fascinating plants pictured; i have only grown Marrubium vulgare before and had no idea there were so many interesting associated species.

    • paridevita says:

      There are lots of horehounds. The ones that are here (and there are more than the ones pictured) seem to be pretty happy.
      The guy I live with always tells people about Gentry’s mantra, “Agaves in Section Parrayanae are mesophytes in their native habitats.” They certainly get more water in real life than they do in the garden here.

  4. tonytomeo says:

    Nice Yucca rupicola. Is it native there?

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