Salvias

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psroseguy

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Re: Salvias
« Reply #90 on: October 02, 2019, 04:02:56 PM »
"What temperatures do you have psroseguy?"

We garden in an extreme microclimate. This region of California is described as a, "rain shadow desert". I don't think it would an exaggeration to say it's one of the warmest and driest regions on the planet.  We are hotter and drier than Arizona. I'll plagiarize Wikipedia here for expediency.


"Palm Springs has a hot desert climate, with over 300 days of sunshine and around 4.83 inches (122.7 mm) of rain annually.[96] The winter months are warm, with a majority of days reaching 70 F (21 C) and in January and February days often see temperatures of 80 F (27 C) and on occasion reach over 90 F (32 C), while, on average, there are 17 nights annually dipping to or below 40 F (4 C);[96] freezing temperatures occur in less than half of years. The lowest temperature recorded is 19 F (−7 C), on January 22, 1937.[97] Summer often sees daytime temperatures above 110 F (43 C) coupled with warm overnight lows remaining above 80 F (27 C). The mean annual temperature is 74.6 F (23.7 C). There are 180 days with a high reaching 90 F (32 C), and 100 F (38 C) can be seen on 116 days.[96] The highest temperature on record in Palm Springs is 123 F (51 C), most recently achieved on July 28 and 29, 1995.[98]"


It's not unusual for us to experience days or even weeks of temps between 45 and 51 degrees C. This said, I generally love it here. Summer nights are glorious and the Winters are legendary. We're largely a resort destination. Consequently, Summer shade is important and water conservation is important.

I could no doubt succeed with chamaedryoides were I willing to coddle it a bit more. I confess to largely being a lazy gardener at this point. My emphasis switched to roses years ago. I started as a child sowing seeds of annuals and collecting cactus and succulents. I used to breed birds and dogs but find losing them over time is too heartbreaking.


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Retired from the nursery industry. I've been playing at hybridizing roses for fun and profit since about 2000. Graduate Horticulture program Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 1982.

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Charithea

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Re: Salvias
« Reply #91 on: October 02, 2019, 05:01:17 PM »
Wow! I shall stop complaining about our long  summer days of 40 + deg C . I believe we can all achieve some form of gardening if the desire is there. Obviously you are a born gardner. Welcome to the Forum.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

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psroseguy

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Re: Salvias
« Reply #92 on: October 02, 2019, 07:16:07 PM »
Where do you garden Charithea?

These climactic differences are all relative aren't they?

I've had the opportunity to garden in a number of mediterranean style climates here in CA. They all have there advantages and disadvantages.

I find as I age that I don't handle cool weather as well as I used to. This climate is working for me for now.

Thank you for the kind welcome.  It's refreshing for me to think about other genera, see and have the opportunity, to get input from such a diverse group of horticulturists.

Robert
Lifelong Gardener, native Californian, residing in Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs, CA for the past 25 years

Retired from the nursery industry. I've been playing at hybridizing roses for fun and profit since about 2000. Graduate Horticulture program Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 1982.

Umbrian

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Re: Salvias
« Reply #93 on: October 03, 2019, 06:43:26 AM »
Late flowering Salvias just coming into bloom with me - S elegans, S 'African Skies', S azurea to name a few. Such a welcome, fresh addition to the autumn garden when many things are beginning to look exhausted!
MGS member living and gardening in Umbria, Italy for past 19 years. Recently moved from my original house and now planning and planting a new small garden.

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Charithea

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Re: Salvias
« Reply #94 on: October 03, 2019, 12:16:06 PM »
I  garden on the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus. My favourite time in the garden is in the autumn and spring when our garden looks inviting. Here is the promised photo of Salvia 'Mystic Spires'.  Salvia elegans and a variety of  microphyllas are also in bloom.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

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psroseguy

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Re: Salvias
« Reply #95 on: October 03, 2019, 05:07:24 PM »
Umbrian, those sound lovely.

I'm guessing your region is spectacular for perennials.

That's a beauty Charithea. I don't think I've seen that one here. I love the intensity of color.

I need to explore incorporating some blues into the mix here. I wish I were more brave in terms of experimentation with new sources.

Thanks, Robert
« Last Edit: October 03, 2019, 05:09:36 PM by psroseguy »
Lifelong Gardener, native Californian, residing in Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs, CA for the past 25 years

Retired from the nursery industry. I've been playing at hybridizing roses for fun and profit since about 2000. Graduate Horticulture program Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 1982.