I've grown quite fond of coleus.
There seems to be an infinite number of them out there now, with more showing up each year (is there a room, next to the room where people meet to brainstorm new cereal ideas, where they also brainstorm new coleus color combinations?). I used to dislike them - strongly - as much as I still dislike the more common impatiens. But now coleus has become my favorite random plant, that one to fill in spots in sunny parts of the garden - there's one to go with almost any combination of plants.
I got this one today, my first coleus purchase of the season, and the tag said it was 'Rustic Orange', but no - I don't think so...I went on to the Coleus Finder website, and wasn't patient enough to scroll through all of the pages of different colors and textures and patterns - and, well, it's name doesn't matter all that much anyway.
I got it at Lowe's. And why didn't I follow my own internal voice this morning that said don't go to Lowe's on a mid-morning in late May on a beautiful Saturday? My lawn mower wasn't starting, so I wanted to get a new air filter and spark plug for it - and while I was there, I had to peruse the garden section. I had to.
The new plant purchases have been planted, but the lawn mower still won't start.
~Carex oshimensis 'Gold Strike'~
I like sedges.
The Genus Carex constitutes the 'true' sedges.
You can read about sedge taxonomy here.
(There will not be a quiz. I always hated quizes.)
A doctoral student in the lab received noticed yesterday that she was being awarded a very nice two-year fellowship. It was wonderful news.
I had lunch on Friday with a colleague and his family - they are serious gardeners and I love to visit because I often return with a clump of 'something'. Last time it was a clump of pinecone ginger...and this time it was an elephant ear - perhaps Colocasia esculenta 'Illustris'.
I used to not like elephant ears either. But incredible ones are out there - and they're nothing less than stunning. Plus, they spread nicely - transplant easily - I just can't find a negative.
Plant Delights (as always) has some really fun ones:
Colocasia esculenta 'Mojito' (Mojito Elephant Ear)
Colocasia esculenta 'Black Marble' (Black Marble Elephant Ear)
Colocasia esculenta 'Lime Aide' (Lime Aide Elephant Ear)
There's many other wonderful ones. I have 'Black Magic'. And another one, that is more of a bluish color.
I desperately need more elephant ears.
(And I know, the lawn mower doesn't run. I desperately need the lawn mower to run.)
~Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blaumeise'~
This is the most beautiful hydrangea in my garden.
It's color keeps getting a deeper and richer blue for about a month.
(Take a look at this fun site.)
It's Spoleto season around these parts.
I made it to the symphony last week - Mahler's Das Lied Von Der Erde.
"Gustav Mahler’s brilliant intertwining of symphony and orchestral song-cycle resulted in the extraordinary “song-symphony” Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth). Noted for their mastery of Mahler symphonies, Emmanuel Villaume, Music Director for Opera and Orchestra and Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra performs this definitive Mahler masterpiece, based on ancient Chinese poems that exult in life’s joys and lament life’s brevity."
I also listened to a bit of the Punch Brothers performance.
Next weekend I hope to make it to a few more events.