You have to get to know them, become familiar with their likes and dislikes. I plucked this purple sage from a friends garden after a dinner party. I snapped off a tender branch before I got in my car. I don't know her name but she is a willing participant as you can see.
Pride of Gibraltar, Blue Kiwi, Blue Shrimp Plant. Cerinth major, Honeywort. This is a fascinating annual with a lot of names. It starts off very blue including the leaves. As the season progresses it changes to shades of plumb and pinot noir. She's a generous self- sower yet easy enough to control.
Baby blue eyes, I purchased seeds at a local native garden several years ago. It grows in our hills and mountains and wild in my garden, between the stepping stones and in the gravel.
Corncockle getting ready to pop! A European weed , all parts of this plant are reported to be toxic though it didn't seem to harm the rabbits that mowed them down earlier this year.
The Sarah Rochelle Rose, I discovered at a local grower with my friend Sarah........name your own roses!
My persimmon tree is three, I'm keeping my fingers crossed xxxxxx
Philadelphous or mock orange not in the citrus family, more closely related to the syrengia or lilac. The scent is an intoxicating cross between citrus blossoms and jasmine.
planted in memory of my father
I'm an organic gardener and appreciate a few aphids. Soon the garden will be full of ladybugs and a host of invertebrates that require these tasty morsels. Small finches also enjoy aphids as little treats, keeping a good balance growing things that want to grow in your area are the key to successful gardening.
Then there is the orchestra of scents, you'll have to use your imagination.
I'll set some tea out in the sun in a ball jar, come on over...........xo Ro