Wednesday, November 27, 2013

When tans go bad

I returned from Kauai a little (not a lot) tanner and found that some of my plants were tanner as well.

Even though temperatures were dipping into the thirties, my cannas were still blooming.

Then the temperature dropped below freezing and my poor cannas and Echium candicans 'Star of Madeira' turned my front garden into a swath of brown.

Luckily my Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies' has recently erupted in blooms.

And my Geranium 'Rozanne' is completely unfazed by the temperatures.

And my Clematis jackmanii just put out a new bloom! Thank you Laurrie, for suggesting this one.

And my Fatsia japonica is doing its wonderful Sputniky thing.

Thank goodness for these late season blooms. I'm itching to get back in the garden but this cold dry weather is making it hard (I feel like a mummy!). Better to enjoy the blooms from inside the house.

Have a happy thanksgiving, all you turkeys!


  1. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving too.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Jenni @ RainyDayGardenerNovember 27, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Your Fatsia Japonica looks awesome! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving ~

  4. Glad to see some of your plants are still looking great! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Wow - that Mahonia is amazing! Happy Thanksgiving, Heather!

  6. Fortunately tan goes really well with blue so your agaves look especially stunning in front of your cannas and Echium! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  7. What great color and activity you have going on in almost-December. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Call me contrarian (it's been done before) but I like the brown almost as much as the pretty blooms. Happy belated Thanksgiving to you, too...gobble, gobble.

  9. The clematis looks fantastic climbing up into the bamboo! I'm loving the Fatsia blooms at my house, too. They're the perfect sputnik antidote to gray skies.