I had a flurry of photographing the downtown Long Beach planters during tulip time, and then, like with most of 2012, became distracted by our garden tour preparation and slacked off on recording the rest of the year in pictures.
On April 1st, we found that deer had at long last discovered the tulips in the Long Beach welcome sign (above), right about where Allan is standing. I thought for sure they would eat them all but they only nipped a few down at that end.
They do come right into the main drag of Long Beach and eat tulips from some of the planters at street intersections.
NIVA green in Long Beach is my favourite gift shop, well, ever. The artist who owns the shop, Heather Ramsay, has a connection with me because her sister gardened with me way back in 1998 or so, then moved back to the city to start a family. I had met Heather back then and was just thrilled when she moved here and opened this shop, thus putting me back in touch with her sister, as well. (In early January of 2013, I had the joy of having dinner here at the beach with Heather, her sister, and her sister’s two daughters!)
I had every intention of having green tulips in the NIVA green planter. Better luck in 2013 I hope! Meanwhile across the street, the planter bu Scoopers had a stunning ‘Spring Green’ tulip just about to bloom at the beginning of May.
In front of a rental cottage on Fifth Street downtown, we went with a mostly yellow theme for the little yellow Summerhouse rental cottage.
Summer, the time of few photographs for 2012, is here represented by the California poppies in one planter.
I have a mystery in one of the planters just outside the Long Beach Elks. Left over from when the planters were done by volunteers is this very fragrant, midsummer blooming plant. Can someone ID it for me?
On the same June day that we redid the Kite Museum garden, we also refurbished the Fish Alley planters. They had had the saddest old mugo pine in one and a crapulous Phormium in the other. After some struggle, we got the big old tired boring plants removed and replanted them with our favourite annuals, with Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’ as a semi-permanent centerpiece. (I saw semi-permanent because this floriferous perennials usually needs replacing every couple of years.)
I used a lot of the yellow Sanvitalia (from The Basket Case Greenhouse) in planters around town and also tried out a new Agyranthemum called Spring Bouquet. The latter looked wonderful in May, then petered out and I almost went off it. But when we sheared it, it came back with a fabulous show in late summer…(below) in a planter on the Veterans Field stage.
That was relief because I had suggested that The Basket Case carry it (after I had seen one all pretty in pinks and pale yellows) and I did not want it to be a failure.
Speaking of The Basket Case, they again provided their amazing hanging baskets for the city.
I was never very big on putting petunias in the Long Beach planters, but some of the colours of petunia have won me over. Here’s ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ in one of the containers at The Anchorage Cottages, another Long Beach job.
I intend to use lots of Sanvitalia and Pretty Much Picasso in the 2013 planters and have every intention of taking more photos.