a hummer, a whale and a salvia

deep___roots(ca9/sunset15)February 27, 2012

That title sounds like the opening of a joke, as in "a hummer, a whale and a salvia were in a bar"...but it is just some pix I took this past weekend.

Walking back from my firewood pile, I heard a hummer buzz by. They have nested in this particular tree before, but this nest is no more than 7 feet off the ground. I hope to get some more excellent pictures.

Went to a garage sale and picked up the whale and the 3 sauceers under him. This sale also had some real nice bonsai pots and other neat stuff. I missed out on the bonsai pots though because I was more interested in some lumber so I shot all my cash on that. When I refueled my wallet and returned those pots and all the other stuff I was interested in had flown. Oh well. No biggie.

Here's my salvia pulchella kunth. This is a big rangy plant with big flowers. No wonder I have hummers. Thanks for looking.

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Love that orange, especially with the dark stems.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 3:37PM
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wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)

That's pulchella? Looks quite like Tequila. The pulchellas I picked up some years ago turned out to be s. uinverticillata, so I've not seen pulchella 'Kunth' before....hmmmm.Nice...My Tequilas get to about 12 ft or more.....does the Kunth get that large also?

Wonderful shot of the hummer. The only place here that I've come across one of their nest was in the oak tree..guess I'd better start looking around more. Crows are building nests here and the red tails are throwing a fit with their screeching, so I suppose they must be also.

I would have grabbed that whale pot also......probably never see another one of those. It's a bummer to go to yard sales without taking every cent you've got...there's always so much stuff that 'gets away'.....lol

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 5:33PM
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The experts at the salvia forum agree with your ID. I was going by what the plant tag said. This salvia is very rangy and has hit 7 feet tall.
Yes, I find with many garage sales I am in and out in about 15 seconds. This one though had real cool stuff that I and lots of other folks were interested in. The poor guy naming the prices was surrounded and followed around like the Pied Piper. He must have been exhausted by the end of the first hour. On the other hand, he had a wad of cash!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 11:47AM
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wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)

lol...yeah, the wrong label problem is quite big with the salvias and then they change the names, and then there are all those waiting yet to be named...all of the various seedlings given names for the benefit of sales...sometimes takes a bit of detecting to find out what we truly have....under any name, Tequila is quite stunning.

I want that whale pot....lol..

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 2:03PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Nice photos! Does that salvia spread everywhere?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 4:50PM
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wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)

I would say only that my largest has been in the ground about 4 years, maybe longer and has shown no signs of rhizomes / stolons / spreading. I don't find any info disagreeing with that.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 5:24PM
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