A sleeping bee was noticed on Phlox paniculata ‘David’ this morning. It rained a bit during the night and he was still sodden as the petals. Do bees sleep through rain? I see them landing on Echinceas at dusk to settle in for the night. So they stay there for the whole time? Oh, the mysteries of the universe, but this story is about frothiness, not bees, so onward.
Frothiness, you might ask, what is that, anyway? Not to be confused with truthiness and frivolousness, frothiness, for our purposes today is the suggestion of foam, like whitewater, in the garden. Some might have to use their imaginations a bit to follow along. Some might see it right away. Both ways are correct. Do you see the frothiness of the Queen Anne’s lace, Daucus carota?
Not just flowers, but foliage can have that frothy aspect, as well. Even if it never blooms, and being a biennial, so research claims, blooming will mean death, Seseli gummiferum is a white water wad of silvery, lacy, luscious leaves. This was purchased at Dragonfly Farms in Seattle during the 2011 garden blogger fling.
For our purposes, froth is going to be thought of as having golden hues in addition to white. Think of the setting sun casting a shining gleam on the breakers. English variegated ivy, cultivar unknown has fastened itself to the long wall behind the main house to cascade calmly to the gravel.
Cascading calmly downward is quite common here, due to the steeply sloping terrain of the entire property. Choosing plantings that will do just that has shown itself to be a wise course. Erica ‘Westwood Yellow’ is a year around shower of pale perfection.
Out front, in the raised bed permanent planting that laughs in the face of the heat and drought, the cool blue of Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ is complemented by golden oregano, Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’, now in flower. Nary a drop of water supplied by the gardener has graced this bed this season and the plants show no harm. Amazingly fresh and frothy!
Following this year’s proclamation of more food crops, small seedlings of winterbor kale were stuck in an open spot. They haven’t grown much, but look good enough as ornamentals. Somehow, the white cabbage butterfly has left them alone, too. So far. Maybe that recipe for kale chips that was repinned on Pinterest will be used after all.
Truly planted to resemble a waterfall, originally in solid bronze Carex ssp., click here to read the story, the addition of sprigs of blue fescue, Festuca glauca has helped the grassy river look more alive than dead. The fescue is growing much faster than the carex so adjustments in color proportions will be made this fall. Westwood yellow is seen overhanging the grassy waterfall.
This brings us to the inspiration piece for this post. Sitting underneath the deck during these hottest of summer days since weather record keeping began, the drying seed heads of Stipa (Nasella) tenuissima hanging downward reminded us of the froth of the ocean waves recently enjoyed during our family beach vacation.
The statuesque calla lily, Zantedeschia ‘Naomi Campbell’ is the perfect foil to the vision. Ahhhh, nearly negative ions.