Thursday, November 8, 2018

Indulgance, winter annuals ~

 With the change in seasons I am cutting back lots of things in the garden, including some big grasses, which gives me room to plant annuals.

In the picture below you can see some of the things I bought this week to add some winter color to the garden for my enjoyment: calendulas, allyssum, snapdragons, foxgloves. pansies and a few bulbs, which I never can resist. I call this my table of beautiful bounty.

 Last weekend, I dug up the two areas where most of these are going to go and added lots of planting mix to get the plants off to a good start. 

I will put the yellow calendulas and allysum in the area below, it is near my backdoor, I love the way allysum smells and this way I hope to get a nice whiff of fragrance every time I step out into the garden.

The other space is larger, the tall Rocket snapdragons will go here along with a couple dozen foxgloves and more allysum, leaving space for a new rose bush I will plant later during the bareroot season. If I have extra room I will add some delphinium, I haven't planted delphiniums  for a long time and never very successfully, but it might be fun to try again.

The pansies will go into three pots sitting in the bed along the driveway in the front. I love pansies but have always felt they were a bit fragile to be planted in the ground, planted in pots they should be easier to take care of and make more of a statement. 

 This is such a great time to plant  in Southern California and with the cooler weather watering in not as much an issue. I have decided to indulge myself with some of my favorite annual flowers fleeting though they might be.

Thank you for visiting.
Have a lovely day.



  1. Hi Adrienne, you will have some beautiful color and enjoyment this winter. That is what I miss about living in Santa Cruz. Of course, the older I get, the lazier I get, so living in a colder climate is good for me!..Can't wait to see all the pretty..Judy

  2. I have to live vicariously through you when it comes to planting! I will enjoy the outcome of all your hard work.

  3. You are truly busy in your beautiful garden. I love calendulas, but somehow they don't do well in my garden and I have no idea why. At the old house they were flowering and multiplying like crazy, but not here. It's sad because they're such a cheerful flower.

    1. Plants are so fickle, plants I used to have good luck with now fail to thrive. I think it has much to do with the changing weather. It is getting so hot here that it has become difficult to grow many of the things we used to. It can be very discouraging.

  4. Beautiful vibrant flowers and plants!!! Your garden is always so lush and welcoming. You inspire me to get my fingers in the soil and get them dirty.


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