It’s hot. So I went to Half Price Books and picked up some material for vicarious gardening, and what happens? I get all excited about something and end up outside anyway! Luckily, I restrained myself to container gardening.
I found Paraiso Mexicano by Marie-Pierre Colle really inspiring, with photos of Luis Barragan’s gardens standing out. I also loved the photos of actress Maria Felix’s gardens, which are obsessively filled with lollipop plants in brightly patterned containers. I felt compelled to pick up a couple of lollipop plants today at Natural Gardener, since I was headed there for some mulch anyway. While I was there, I was examining their pots and found a plant I really loved which turned out to be “Dittany of Crete” oregano. On the oregano table, I also found “Kent Beauty” and “Hopley’s”. A whole world of ornamental oreganos opened up to me! It’s hard to see here, but Hopley’s and Dittany of Crete both have delicate purple flowers. The pot I had admired at NG also had plumosa fern in it, but it seems like it has quite different water requirements so I put the fern I bought in a separate pot next to the oreganos.
And the lollipop plant (Pachystachys! Say it out loud!)…
Also, I shoveled mulch. In the heat… but then, that’s why I was mulching, right? So please excuse any delirium.