Maybe I planted too early (again)

Something has been happening to my Salvia ‘Lady In Red’ that has got me thinking I may have started my seeds a little early this year. To be fair, I’ve never started salvias from seed. I also know how quickly they grow, given the fact that people grow them as annuals. So… I really have no excuse. Except that maybe I wanted them to bloom in the house.

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If I had to describe this salvia with one word; brilliant.

I started ‘Lady In Red’ and ‘Coral Nymph’ at the same time, and the former has proven to be a much more vigorous plant. I planted a pot of ‘Coral Nymph’ at the base of a south facing wall a few weeks ago, and it has shown no intention of blooming yet. I wasn’t expecting it to, and I really just needed another empty pot. So, out it went while ‘Lady In Red’ got to stay inside.

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Super bright!

There are a few new plants on the shelf with ‘Lady In Red’ that will be going out to the front rock wall as a semi-permanent home. They will stay in pots, but will be sunk into the wall during the dry season.

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Carnegiea gigantea, the Sonoran Saguaro! This one was germinated from seed in 2004, and I am now taking care of it. It will probably outlive me, as long as it doesn’t freeze to death.
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Agave montana, cold hardy to 10 degrees! As long as I can keep it dry…

 

On another note, the Schizobasis intricata is blooming. The flowers don’t look like much, but I didn’t get this plant for the flowers. I don’t think it has ever had as many flowers (or seed pods) as it does now. Maybe I’ll see if I can germinate some. Or maybe I’ll just sell them on Ebay.

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I know it’s hard to make out the little seed pods in the middle of the photo. They’re in there. In front of the Echinopsis terscheckii, and above the Sedum morganianum.
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