This month is dedicated to the memory of the woman we called the Yellow Rose of Texas, the effervescent Grace MacBride. She was my neighbor, my friend. Grace and her husband, former Diamond Bar City Councilman Dexter MacBride, were living assets to this community, even after failing health forced their move out of state to be with relatives.
A toast to you now "up high"- our ever Amazing Grace. You live on in the hearts of all those you touched with your intelligence and feisty sense of humor.
The rose on the upper right is Sunny Knock Out, the first scented rose in the knock out series.
Tamora Rose is a favorite of Clair Martin, since 1983, the Curator of Rose and Perennial Gardens at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino.
It never went dormant. This weekend a dozen blooms will fill a vase for my mother's enjoyment. Then it can be pruned properly.
Mary Rose, below, is another English lass gracing the front garden. She is a lady who rewards patience. The first few years she was planted, she was a disappointment. Not at all like in the photographs. But as she spread her arms stronger, each year they held out larger trusses. Now, bobbing in the breeze, the pink ruffled skirts resemble dancing fairies in Antebellum gowns.
This pointed red rose bud must reach way high for sunlight to feed its blossoms.
It is next to one of my rare weeping hibiscus 'La France. The hibiscus flowers drape down into the tall rose branches. I'm not sure why- but the hibiscus flowers are a darker shade of pink than they ever have been before. Maybe the orchid fertilizer? This is the latest hibiscus bloom we've had here. It usually usually peeks in August and then dives until late the next summer.
The violets (below) are like miniature bears. They come out of hibernation in warm weather. I never bought these. Not on purpose. They may have hitched a ride with some plant from my mother's garden. They like to hide until the coast is clear. Then- when the rains come- out they pop. The flowers make adorable cookie decorations when they are painted with a sugar-wash and dried.
Don't you love daylilies? They are such responsible plants. They don't require much attention. Sun, shade- they are not into entitlements. Just love them and let them bloom. Begonia 'Richmodensis' adds a tropical flare to sun and part sun locations. She's like a teenager. Just try to hold her back with regular trimming- and she rebels by putting out more than you took off. With adequate water- she's almost always in bloom.
In our mild climate, it is not unusual to have a bed over-summer afew seasons before it bows out of the landscape
Billbergia is often in stock at California Cactus Gardens in Pasadena. http://www.cactuscenter.com/ Be warned suburban shoppers- parking here is miserable. Plan on parking in the neighborhhood and then walking in the nursery. Awkward- but worth the inconvenience.