Delosperma ‘Fire Spinner’ and D. cooperi in the garden today. Whenever I saw hardy ice plant in the nurseries, they left me cold. Granted, a lot of this was due to my knowledge of their invasive nature from my Californian friends. But I finally bit the bullet and now I LOVE them. One thing I don’t see anyone mention is how reflective and almost metallic their flowers are. And D. cooperi is amazingly bulletproof as a garden plant. I bought it for 50¢ of a clearance rack at the supermarket and planted it in July and not only did it not die, but it has flowered non-stop. Incredible.
Rrrrrrred! It’s a good time of year for red in the garden. It’s electric in the late summer sun.
Top to bottom: Blue-black pearl of a viable seed amidst sterile red seeds of Paeonia mlokosewitchii. The interior of the seed pod looks like a piece of flesh. I love this plant. It’s on my top 5, easily. Hummingbird-licious Lobelia cardinalis spike growing in the water-pot gardens. I’ve not treated this plant very well, so the fact it’s blooming bodes well for its future in my garden. Phygelius x rectus ‘New Sensation’ looking sensational. I keep waiting for this plant to die one winter, so every year it doesn’t is a gift.
More flora of the Wind River Range: Penstemon glaber (so pretty!), Trifolium hybridum, and Hymenoxys hoopesii. Photo credit Steve Hegji.
Since Steve went to the Winds, I’ve been developing a bit of an obsession over them. I foresee a backpacking trip in my future, perhaps with llamas as they are a common sight as pack animals in the Winds. Check out this site where you can rent a llama for a trek.
Baileya pleniradiata (Wooly Desert Marigold), Sand Hollow State Park, Utah. Similar to B. multiradiata, but this is B. pleniradiata because it is better branched and leafier, and just nicer overall. Generally an annual, but will stick around for a second year if the winter is mild. It flowers twice a year, after the winter-spring rains, and then again after the late summer “monsoons.”