Best of Season of ‘20

The last thing I want to do nowadays is look backwards on this year! But, it wasn’t all bad and every year I take a moment to celebrate the plants that gave me the greatest joy over the growing season! Some are old favorites, some finally worked after years of trying and some are plant lusts I’ve dreamed of owning over the years! All are a reminder that this year hasn’t been a total s***show!

Here they are in no particular order! Enjoy!

Callistemon viridiflorus

Why it’s on the list: My queen returned to her former glory this season after a couple of off years! Magnificent!

Fabiana imbricata ‘Violocea’

Why it’s on the list: She’s an untidy and scraggly mess but when she is in full bloom, KAPOW!

Edgwarthia crysantha ‘Akebono’

Why it’s on the list: The single greatest plant purchase I’ve ever made. Stunning orange lanterns lighting the way to spring!

Kniphofia thompsonii var snowdenii

Why it’s on the list: The favorite of all my kniphofia – and there are many! It had a very good year.

Kniphofia ‘Wolf’s Red’ and Eryngium ‘Big Blue’

Why it’s on the list: This combination just floored me. Give me all the kniphofias and eryngiums please!

Dierama ‘Xera’s Darkest Purple’

Why it’s on the list: She NEVER disappoints! Another fabulous show this year.

Lilium martagon ‘Russian Morning’

Why it’s on the list: I want ALL the martagons (and I’m working on it!) This one really hit its stride this year!

Scutellaria orientali v. pinnatifida

Why it’s on the list: I just love this little weird guy and how it works and weaves its way in the dry garden.

Nectaroscordum siculum (Sicilian Honey Garlic)

Why it’s on the list: Because practice and patience does pay off! Third time really was a charm! SWOON!

Erigeron karvinskianus ‘Profusion’

Why it’s on the list: Little bright buttons of love that last and last and last and last! I want them everywhere!

Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‘Lucerne’

Why it’s on the list: This is just one of many varieties of sisyrinchium in my garden. They provide endless amounts of bright blue and purple happiness all season!

Euphorbia ‘Fireglow’

Why it’s on the list: if you know me then you know orange is my jam. I’m not sure you’re going to find a better orange in a plant!

Asclepias fascicularis

Why it’s on the list: I’m obsessed with plants that look like weeds. Plus, take a look at those flowers up close!

Agapanthus ‘Graskop’

Why it’s on the list: I’m collecting agapanthus and this was my first, is my most reliable and most unusual. It’s getting a little out of control, though.

Camassia leichtlinii caerulea

Why it’s on the list: Camassia is spring to me. Big blue floral sparklers of spring.

Allium atropurpureum

Why it’s on the list: A plant lust from a garden tour years ago finally come to life in my garden!

Allium sphaerocephalum (Drumstick allium)

Why it’s on the list: Love, love, love these little beauties I’ve coveted in fellow blogger’s gardens for years. They had a very good first year!

Lobelia ‘Bruce Wakefield’

Why it’s on the list: Because I can’t grow Lobelia tupa in my garden to save my life!!!! Lol, but, honestly, it’s gorgeous and I got it to survive a winter for the first time!

Silene coronaria (Rose Campion)

Why it’s on the list: I know it’s common as dirt but, come one, that color, that bloom time and every yellow swallowtail for miles wants a piece of it!

Oleander ‘Hardy Red’

Why it’s on the list: This plant brings back memories of my childhood in New Orleans and I’m so excited that it seems to be thriving!

See you in 2021!

A Video Garden Tour – June 2020

Last weekend would have been my HPSO (Hardy Plant Society of Oregon) Open Garden. It was a beautiful weekend and I was pleasantly surprised how many of my favorite things were reaching their peak just when I thought they might be! If you’ve ever hosted an Open Garden before, you know how rare it is to get the weather AND your plants to cooperate!

I thought it might be fun to jump on the virtual bandwagon and try my hand at a video tour of my front gardens. Since the garden beds are situated like peninsulas, it’s impossible to get a picture of what they look like so I think the video does a good job of capturing everything quite nicely.

The first video is of the two garden beds on front of the house and I included some pictures of a few of my favorite things!


Dierama ‘Xera’s Darkest Purple’ and Hemerocallis x ‘Elizabeth Salter’ make a dazzling duo!


Clematis ‘Rooguchi’


Berkheya purpurea



Morina longifolia


Dierama trichorhizum (dwarf)


 Dierama (currently unknown)




New martagon lily from Fred Meyer of all places (no name, only a number!) gifted by Matthew


Kniphofia ‘Safranvogel’


Allium ‘Summer Drummer’

This video is the hellstrip between my driveway and adjacent street. I’ve included some pictures, as well.


Eryngium ‘Big Blue’, Verbena ‘Lollipop’ and Kniphofia ‘Timothy’


Eryngium yuccafolium or Rattlesnake Master

This is my shade/fern garden. It’s only a few years old so there isn’t a lot of height and the video didn’t seem to work. Here are some pictures instead.


Shade and fern garden realness 


Thalictrum ‘Elin’


Hydrangea aspera ‘Plum Passion’


Fatsia japonica 

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Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Irene Patterson’ and friends

The last part of my garden, the back yard, is currently not cooperating and will not be featured in this blog. Should it decide to get its act together then perhaps it will be featured in a later post.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and my shoddy camera work didn’t make you too woozy!

Happy Gardening and stay safe, happy and healthy!





Plant of the Day: Grevillea ‘Molongolo’

I’ve had great success with grevillea in my garden- almost too much success. The full sun and slopes with great drainage make for ideal homes for these unique and beautiful plants. I tend to favor allowing my plants to grow as nature intended which has resulted in some pretty amazing specimens. At one point my Grevillea ‘Molongolo’ had reached about 8×10 ft (a modest estimate) and was smothering a large portion of my front garden. After doing spring clean up and discovering just what it was smothering, I decided it needed a massive haircut and chopped it back hard.

G. ‘Molongolo’ took it like a champ and still provided a flush of stunning apricot flowers for me to drool over! For those of you interested in this plant, I would suggest two things: 1.find a nice hillside for it to trail down and spread 2. Give it PLENTY of room to grow into. It only took about 4 year to reach a pretty massive size.

Credit for this plant goes fellow blogger, Matthew The Lents Farmer who quickly realized it needed space to roam!

Hopefully the rain will subside so I can discover tomorrow’s plant of the day!

Plant of the Day: Stachyurus salicifolius

This is another plant I fell in love with while visiting the garden of a fellow blogger. There really isn’t a better way to get ideas for your own emerging space than to “borrow” them from people who’s gardens you admire!

The drama of Stachyurus salicifolius hypnotizes me as its long branches, leaves and flower tendrils flow with the breeze!

I have a special setting for this plant that places it at eye level! It’s been a joy to watch it mature and this year it’s really taken off!

It’s also done a fantastic job of becoming the transition plant that divides a full sun area to a shade area.

The year round interest is a bonus, too, as so much of this area dies back over winter.

I’ll leave with a couple more pics of this beauty!

What’s your favorite plant right now!

See you tomorrow!

Plant of the Day: Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’

Orange is my signature color. I’m a big fan of euphorbia and have fallen in and out of love with many but I fell hard for Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ the moment I saw it and our love affair continues years later!

Although it began as a single stalk, after three years it’s spread to a nice patch in my hell strip and I’ve given it plenty more room to grow!

This part of the garden received a major renovation with the removal of a crepe myrtle and repositioning of collection of Stipa gigantea. It’s early emergence is just in time for the lavender-blue camassia and will bloom most of the summer as the purple allium and Russian sage take over!

If you are looking for a super easy, long blooming plant that packs a color punch, Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ is a great option! One word of advice, if you see it, buy it as it seems to always be in high demand!

See you tomorrow!

Plant of the Day – Camassia

Oh do I love thee, let me count the ways!

Not being an Oregon native, camassia were unfamiliar to me so I gasped when I first saw them en masse in a fellow blogger’s garden. Several years later, camassia provide a sweep of deep lavender-blue flowers across my hellstrip in April.

These camassia are a combination of Camassia squamash ‘Blue Melody’, Camassia leichtlinii ‘Blue Danube’ and Camassia leichtlinii caerulea.

Our wet winters allow for the camassia to thrive even in my dry garden and I love the contrast to their pointy companions!

The camassia look particularly stunning adjacent to Grevillea miqueliana and Grevillea ‘Neil Bell’!!!!

See you tomorrow!

Plant of the Day – Rhododendron makinoi

I love April. Aside from it being my birthday month, it’s also the time when the garden comes to life! Every day there’s a new and wonderful discovery and I thought I’d take a moment (since I have so many of them on my hands right now!) each day and highlight a favorite plant of the day!

Today’s plant is Rhododendron makinoi. I’m not really a fan of rhododendrons but I am a big fan of the unique, long narrow leaves and the hot pink flower buds!

Here is a lesson for new gardeners: when shopping for plants that are a little pricier, wait until the end of season! Special plants like this can pinch the pocket books but often nurseries will have pretty drastic sales as they are closing up shop for the season! Also, be patient. It’s taken several years to start seeing the larger, more dramatic growth and more than one or two flower buds!

A special thanks to my friend Anna at Flutter & Hum for the recommendation!

Until tomorrow!

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – January 2020

There is not much happening in the garden at the moment. One thing for sure is I have a lot of work ahead of me once spring comes around! Here is a quick snapshot of the few blooms around Mardi Gras Gardens in mid January.

The grevilleas are definitely the stars of the show right now and are providing the hummers with winter sustenance. I don’t think there has been a time where I’ve walked by G. ‘Neil Bell’ and not seen one.


Grevillea miqueliana ‘Sunset’


Grevillea miqueliana ‘Sunset’


’Grevillea victoriae ‘Murray Valley Queen’


Grevillea ‘Neil Bell’

I’m guessing the mild winter so far has kept the leaves from dropping off my witch hazel but I don’t mind the color contrast at the moment.


Hamamelis noid

This clematis is a favorite of mine and I’m looking forward to it maturing.


Clematis cirrhosa ‘Landsdowne Gem’

I have about a dozen hellebores throughout my garden but few of them have opened past the bud stage. I am in love with this H. ‘Silver Veil’ (those leaves!) and will be looking to add more to the garden this year.


Helleborus ‘Silver Veil’


Helleborus ‘Pippa’s Purple

What few hellebores that are opening are looking a little worse for wear like this one with all the rain we have had.


Hellebore noid

While today might feel a little bleak, there are signs of fabulous things to come!


Loropetalum c. ‘Zhuzhou Fuschia’


Edgwarthia crysantha ‘Akebono’

Thank you to Carol from May Dreams Gardens  for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!


Season of ‘19 – Top 25

Over the past few years, I’ve wrapped up the gardening year with a “Best of Season” list featuring some of my favorite performers.  With every spring comes expectation, hope and anticipation and in a blink of an eye it’s over with a few dreams realized but a few hopes dashed, as well!  My recap blog has become a great way for documenting this roller coaster ride and and a telling commentary on my ever-changing taste in “favorite” plants! Here’s who made the list this year (in no particular order).

  1. Feijoa sellowiana –

Why it’s on the list: Because it’s a survivor! I’d just about given up hope on this guy after each winter seemed like it would be the last. This year my patience was rewarded with several beautiful flowers and lots of new growth so I’m feeling confident it’s here to stay!

Feijoa sellowiana (Pineapple guava)

2. Kniphofia ‘Safronvogel’

Why it’s on the list: If I was ranking, this one would be a contender for #1! The almost luminescent apricot flowers burst forth in early summer and continue through the season. Kniphofia ‘Safronvogel’ is a prized member of my fairly large kniphofia collection.

Kniphofia ‘Safranvogel’

3. Dierama drachomontanum

Why it’s on the list: I heart dieramas…BIG TIME! It took three years but this was the season I finally got to see this beauty in my garden. Not your mother’s dierama, this species has upright flowers rather that the more well-known pendulous “Angel Fishing Rods” and stopped me in my tracks in the display garden at Joy Creek Nursery

Dierama drachomontanum

4. Lupinus albifrons 

Why it’s on the list: This plant shares a central theme with several others on this list – planted it, killed it, planted again, killed, ahhh, third times a charm! I could care less about the flowers because I’m obsessed with the silvery foliage! Full transparency, I’ve only managed to keep this alive for 8 months but that is about 5 months longer than any of its predecessors! Bonus, it is still looking glorious in late December!


Lupinus albifrons 

5. Lilium martagon ‘Russian Morning’

Why it’s on the list: My experience with planting martagon bulbs has been a crap shoot. It seems with every two varieties I THINK I’ve planted I get one that is correct and the other is a surprise. While I was disappointed not to have the Lilium martagon ‘Album’ I expected, this beauty made a fabulous consolation prize!

Lilium martagon ‘Russian Morning’

6. Eryngium varifolium

Why it’s on the list: Eryngiums are another obsession of mine as documented in I’m the Mardi Gras Gardener and I have an eryngium problem. or one of my earliest posts Something Wicked This Way Comes…. where they were featured fairly prominently. E. varifolium has been a proven winner in my garden and this year reached almost two feet high with its magnificent barbed bracts! I love the contrast to the soft veiny leaves.

Eryngium varifolium


6. Eryngium aff. latifollum

Why it’s on the list: This eryngium was a clutch the pearls moment at Cistus Nursery several years ago. This majestic specimen maxes out at over six feet tall! This is a pollinator magnet and attracts the broadest array of anything else in my garden.


Eryngium aff. latifollum 

I think every gardener secretly likes to have their signature plant, you know, that one plant very few of their plant nerds friends grow and this is mine. I even squealed a bit when I googled it and found my blog on the first page!

eryngium aff. latifolium - Google Search

I made the Googles!


Eryngium aff. latifollum 

7. Loropetulem c. ‘Zhuzhou Fuschia’

Why it’s on the list: How could it NOT be on the list with this flower power! This is another plant that I’ve watched struggle wondering if each year would be the last. Planted in a very open location in my front garden, it makes for a stunning display in late winter and early spring but also a target for the brutal winds and cold. It took about four years for the leaves to finally become the beautifully rich burgundy color they were when first planted rather than the weird green you see below in the picture.


Loropetalum c. ‘Zhuzhou Fuschia’

8. Morina longfolia

Why it’s on the list: This wicked little beauty packs a bunch with its spiky leaves and dares you to get up close to see just how pretty it is! Bonus points for the unusual factor!

Morina longifolia

9. Eupatorium fortunei ‘Pink Frost’

Why it’s on the list: Joe Bye Weed + variegated = LOVE! Every once in a while I get lucky and find a plant that does exactly what I hoped it would. As my romance with sanguisorbas faded and I hastily ripped out a large Sanguisorba ‘Pink Tanna’, I needed a replacement for the spot that would provide the breezy movent I loved about sanguisorba but without the horrible floppsies after it got too tall. Enter Eupatorium fortunei ‘Pink Frost’ and its sturdy, tall stems and fabulous variegated foliage and lovely flowers.

Eupatorium fortunei ‘Pink Frost’


Eupatorium fortunei ‘Pink Frost’

11.Dahlia ‘Karma Fox Orange’ and Dahlia ‘Karma Lagoon’

Why they are on the list: This is the year I figured out how to grow dahlias – in a container! After years of rotted out tubers and floppy flowers, I had developed quite the distaste for dahlias and decided they were great as long as they were in someone else’s garden. This all changed when my twin sister moved in and she kept harassing me why I didn’t have her favorite flowers in my garden. During an early season visit to Garden Fever  I saw them roll out their first batch of dahlias and went crazy for the colors. I’d been waiting to find something for my sister’s patio and I knew these were the answer! She was thrilled and these babies lasted from April to November!

Dahlia ‘Karma Fox Orange’ and Dahlia ‘Karma Lagoon’

12. Salvia argenta

Why it’s on the list: I should write a blog called “To all the plants I’ve loved and lost” and this one would have a starring role. Like the Lupinus albifrons, it took several tries to finally get to see this stunner in my garden! Ironically, I think I dug it out and tossed it in the yard waste bin this fall because I’m not sure constantly babying those leaves is worth the short life of the flowers. At least I can say I did it once!

Salvia argenta

Salvia argenta and Kniphofia thompsonii var snowdenii

13. Kniphofia thompsonii var snowdenii

Why it’s on the list: I collect three plant species: Eryngium, Dierama and Kniphofia. I get teased for being slow at plant sales and nurseries because I’m usually making sure I don’t miss one of these that I don’t already have in my collection. Kniphofia thompsonii var snowdenii is the reigning favorite in my kniphofia collection and the one you will find all throughout my garden. I love the unique shape and its bright flowers in my favorite color!


Kniphofia thompsonii var snowdenii

14. Kniphofia pauciflora

Why it’s on the list: This is a second attempt at growing Kniphofia pauciflora after buying a mislabeled plant last year and I’m very happy I gave it another try!  The open and airy flower structure and solid yellow color making this unique kniphofia a new favorite in my collection!

Kniphofia pauciflora

15. Allium ‘Summer Drummer’

Why it’s on the list: You never know when garden inspiration will strike. I discovered these majestic alliums during a trip to Argyle Winery with some fellow bloggers and knew I had to have them in my garden! Even though it was late in the season, I lucked out and found some bulbs online and was able to get them in the ground in time. At about six feet tall, it’s amazing how sturdy they are and how perfect they remained throughout the year!

Allium ‘Summer Drummer’

While only six of the ten bulbs produced for me, they were magnificent. I could not believe how sturdy and strong they were and have already multiplied nicely in just a year!


Allium ‘Summer Drummer’ – close up


Argyle Winery 

16. Sanguisorba minor ‘Little Angel’

Why it’s on the list: I’ve had a brief and torrid love affair with sanguisorbas. However, I quickly realized I have little tolerance for the floppy and messy ways of the taller varieties and narrowed my collection to just a couple ones of smaller stature. Smaller doesn’t necessarily mean lesser because this Sanguisorba minor ‘Little Angel’ has won my heart in big way.  This sanguisorba has incredible staying power and its dark burgundy flowers make a wonderful contrast to the fabulous variegated foliage.

Sanguisorba minor ‘Little Angel’

17. Khiphofia ‘Shining Scepter’

Why it’s on the list: This was my first kniphofia and is one of the first plants I  purchased in 2014 at Xera Plants as fully immersed myself into gardening. The Kniphofia ‘Shining Scepter’ below is the second one I’ve added to my garden. I needed an early summer bloomer as a backdrop until the Inula magnifica becomes the star of the show in this part of the garden and it did not disappoint!

Kniphofia ‘Shining Scepter’

In 2014, my backyard was a blank slate but it took just two years for it to start taking shape as shown below in the side by side pictures.

18. Pennisetum macrourum

Why it’s on the list: This is another example of a plant that performed exactly the way I had hoped.  After months of searching for ideas for a focal plant for the raised bed in my front garden, I decided to try this Pennisetum macrourum. I’d seen it in full maturity at my friend and fellow blogger, Patricia’s (Plant Lust) garden and she talked me into trying it during one of our blogger plant swaps.  I’d developed a love for grasses over the years (see Smokin’ Grass! ) and thought its showy, tall, sturdy yet billowy seed heads might be the prefect solution!


Pennisetum macrourum

While it took a decent part of the summer to fully realize, my patience was rewarded with exactly what I was hoping for! Much is said about the seediness of this plant so it may not last long but its brief time in the garden was just what I needed!


Pennisetum macrourum

19. Echinacea pallida ‘Hula Dancer’

Why it’s on the list: This is a plant lust spanning 5 years. I’ve coveted this plant in my partner’s garden from the moment I saw it in 2014 and quickly realized it was impossible to find in a nursery! But after four years, thanks to the generosity of fellow blogger, Scott Rhone Street Gardens and Matthew The Lents Farmer, I was gifted divisions from their own gardens! While I was only rewarded with one flower from each due to poor siting, I am confident that future years will be more fruitful.


Echinacea pallida ‘Hula Dancer’

Echinacea pallida ‘Hula Dancer’ in the garden of Matthew Hubbard.


Echinacea pallida ‘Hula Dancer’


Echinacea pallida ‘Hula Dancer’

20. Parahebe perfoliata

Why it’s on the list: I gave this plant a job to do in my hell strip and it did not disappoint! I needed something that was going to give me year round structure, unique foliage and pops of blue flowers in the spring and I was so happy I peppered these throughout my entire hellstrip. I was surprised how quickly the new growth regenerated and that the flowers kept going and going all summer if I dead headed them! The maintenance was little tedious but I feel it was worth it!


Parahebe perfoliata


Parahebe perfoliata

21. Fabiana imbricata ‘Violocea’

Why it’s on the list: This was my first year participating in the Hardy Plant Society’s Open Garden Program. This Fabiana imbricata ‘Violocea’ was by far the most asked about plant in my collector’s garden. As I mentioned earlier, its fun to grow things not often seen in other garden and I love that the HPSO Open Garden program provides a way for us gardeners to share our little treasures with each other.


Fabiana imbricata ‘Violocea’


Fabiana imbricata ‘Violocea’

22. Lillum martagon ‘Orange Marmalade’

Why its on the list: It’s an ORANGE MARTAGON! Come on?!?! In all seriousness, it took a couple of tries to get this one after what I thought were bulbs for this ended up being another Lillium martagon ‘Claude Shride’. I’m excited to see it take off in the coming years!


Lillum martagon ‘Orange Marmalade’

23. Crocosmia ‘George Davidson’

Why it’s on the list: I’ve added many crocosmia over the past couple of years but this Crocosmia ‘George Davidson’ has been with me since the beginning. While it’s not the showiest or most unique, I do love the shorter grassy-like leaves and solid golden flowers with their staying power and reliability. Every garden needs its work horses and this is one of mine.


Crocosmia ‘George Davidson’

24. Symphytum x uplandicum ‘Axminster Gold’

Why it’s on the list:  I am definitely a flower floozy but I have an equal love for foliage  and the texture and interest they bring to the garden so when I espied this Symphytum x uplandicum ‘Axminster Gold’ during a tour of a fellow blogger’s garden, I knew I had to have it! Bonus points for the variegation!

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Symphytum x uplandicum ‘Axminster Gold”

Although not the star of the show, I do thing the flowers are pretty cute!


Symphytum x uplandicum ‘Axminster Gold”

25. Mathiasella bupleuroides

Why it’s on the list: This plant is a fighter. Even after I dug it up, this Mathiasella bupleuroides came back the next year bigger and better but still took several years to produce its first flowers! This summer I was finally rewarded with these fabulous, alien-looking flowers that kept coming and coming all season!


Mathiasella bupleuroides


Mathiasella bupleuroides

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! Just a few more months until we get to do this all over again!








I’m the Mardi Gras Gardener and I have an eryngium problem.

If you know me as a gardener, you know I have an obsession with eryngiums. Some of you even have witnessed a “clutch the pearls” moment where I’ve seen one in a garden or I’ve discovered another treasure to add to my collection! Once I graduated out of the Home Depot years of plant shopping, this genus became one of my favorites (it was part of my Holy Trinity) and my love for them has increased exponentially. You can always find me digging around in the “e” section of the perennials at any nursery hoping to find one I’ve never seen before!

I’ve been wanting to feature my collection on my blog for some time and I’ve been waiting for just the right time of the season.


Eryngium agavifolium

This Eryngium agavifolium was my first eryngium. It was gifted to me by The Lents Farmer about 5 years ago. Since then it was provided multiple offspring throughout my garden but it seems happiest in its original spot.


Eryngium agavifolium

This Eryngium lattifolium is my pride and joy. It checks off every box of weird, wacky and dangerous which are my favorite elements of a plant. At its peak it will hit about 7 feet tall! SWOON! A special thanks to Cistus Nursery for this bizarre and beautiful eryngium!


Eryngium aff. latifolium 

This Eryngium ‘Blue Sapphire’ is a scene stealer!


Eryngium ‘Blue Sapphire’


Eryngium ‘Blue Sapphire’

Can’t wait for this to put on some size. So pretty!


Eryngium tripartitum


Eryngium tripartitum

There’s always room for an eryngium!


Eryngium NoID but I think it may be Eryngium x zabelii ‘Jos Eijking’

Praise be! I thought I lost this one but as a wise man once said “Plant’s want to live”. This Eryngium maritimum is one of the most unique in my collection and I’m on the hunt for more! Oh those blue/green leaves!


Eryngium maritimum

If you are looking for an architectural plant, this Eryngium varifolium is for you! But watch out! It’s a feisty one!


Eryngium varifolium #1


Eryngium varifolium #2


Eryngium varifolium

This Eryngium p. lesseauxii’s home has turned into a shade garden so I’m happy for it’s single flower stalk this year. Eryngium’s don’t seem to like being moved so I bought another one for a more sunny location!


Eryngium p. lesseauxii


Eryngium p. lesseauxii

I have killed more Eryngium bourgatii’s than I care to remember. I finally splurged this spring and bought one in a gallon container and it looks like I may finally have one survive!


Eryngium bourgatii

I bought these two Eryngium “Big Blue” at the same time as the Eryngium bourgatii. Oddly enough they don’t seem very big or very blue but we will see how they mature.


Eryngium ‘Big Blue’ #1


Eryngium ‘Big Blue’ #2

Remember the “clutch the pearls” comment I made earlier? Well, at our semi-annual blogger swap this spring the wonderful Bonnie Lassie had brought a couple of Eryngium “Neptune’s Gold” – in gallon pots! I’ve killed more Eryngium ‘Neptune’s Gold” than I have Eryngium bourgatii so I was over the moon to see such large, healthy specimens! Thank you again, Allison! It is very happy!


Eryngium ‘Neptune’s Gold’

I have yet to have the pleasure of seeing this Eryngium proteiflorum flower. It’s in a bad spot but I’m hoping for the best. It’s beautiful anyway, right?


Eryngium proteiflorum 


Eryngium proteiflorum 

This little guy packs a big punch! If you plant Eryngium venustum, make sure you give it some space because it’s leaves are vicious.


Eryngium venustum


Eryngium venustum


Eryngium venustum

What a difference placement in your garden can make. I have had this Eryngium yuccifolium in my backyard in clay soil and partial sun for 4 years and it has always formed this perfectly well-behaved and today clump with 2-3 foot stalks.


Eryngium yuccafolium #1

Fast forward to last year and this one was planted in full sun with crappy soil and it skyrocketed into a gangly tower of goodness!

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Eryngium agavifolium #2


Eryngium yuccafolium

My Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ is a victim of my cramscaping days and has to stretch for the light that it craves. After several years, it’s leaves have finally all reverted and lost all variegation. I’m not sure I’m ready to replace it.


Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

A special thank you to Tamara at Chickadee Gardens for the seedling of Eryngium giganteum ‘Miss Wilmott’s Ghost’. Fingers crossed for its survival! I’m very excited to see Eryngium amethystinum mature but I think I’ll try to move it before it’s too late because it’s not getting enough sun.

Next up….Kniphofia madness!