Last week I meant to get around to the topic of plants that are still looking good in there garden. Of course, if you avoid going outside because of pesky record rainfall, tornadoes and stuff, you’d never know. We’ve had day after day of 2-3 inch rain, followed by more of the same. And a tornado in Battle Ground WA, twenty miles north of where we live. Unusual for these parts, but not unheard of.

Because of the abysmally wet and windy conditions, I’ve been disinclined to put in my daily 2 to 3 mile trek. It’s one thing to get drenched on occasion, but stringing those days together gets to be a bother.

My Tonka Truck rain gauge overfloweth. (Actually Elliot's--but he's not sentimental. I sold most of his collection, though it broke my heart. But they went to good homes.)
My Tonka Truck rain gauge overfloweth. (Actually Elliot’s–but he’s not sentimental. I sold most of his collection, though it broke my heart. I console myself with the thought they went to good homes.)

Pumpkin does not find this amusing. I mentioned last week, sometimes I can get her to forego the walk if we go out front in the cul de sac and she has the opportunity to do a sniff around. I’m accustomed to viewing the front garden primarily from the house side, so it was a nice surprise when we went out front and I got to see from the street side.

How I love sedums. They're good, right?
How I love sedums. They’re good, right?

It’s especially good for checking out from the sidewalk because the garden is atop a rock wall, putting the bed right at eye level.

Scleranthus and close friends. Megan has been saying from day one, if you can see dirt, you're not done.
Scleranthus and close friends. Megan has been saying from day one, if you can see dirt, you’re not done.

This rosemary is creeping toward the edge of the wall–just like I’d hoped. Dear dog, I love it when a plan works.

Rosemary ready to spill the  Sea of Juniper wall. Happy day!
Rosemary ready to spill the
Sea of Juniper wall. Happy day!

I got a new iPhone a couple weeks ago, and for the first time ever, I scooped my brilliant kids with my, hmmm, version–is it called, or model. Hells bells. What I’m trying to say, is mine is newer than theirs. I got the 6S primarily for the picture taking capability, because even though the man in this house has super duper cameras with gigantic lenses and talks about f-stops and aperture and pixels, etc., that’s never going to happen with me.

Cramscaping with sedums makes keeping track of plant names challenging.
Cramscaping does have it’s challenges, such as tracking plant names. But love the results.
Unidentified Phormium from Means Nursery. Trying to keep it on the QT. If the weather gods discover it, could be toast.
Unidentified Phormium from Means Nursery. Keeping it on the QT to try & fool the weather gods.

Megan has been saying from day one, if you can see dirt, you’re not done. I just read that in a fancy new-method of gardening book, like it’s a spankin’ new idea. (No, I can’t remember which one. But it’s true.)

Sedum and maybe a moss in foreground? Nature put it there. I'm calling it a plant.
Sedum and maybe a moss in foreground? Nature put it there. I’m calling it a plant.

These little phones take mighty fine pictures, and for my skill level, I’m happy to point, push, and then find the picture magically on my computer. Done!

Scleranthus uniflorus keeps  on performing. Dreamy.
Scleranthus uniflorus keeps on performing. Dreamy.

Quite a few plants looking good in the south-side garden too.

One shoot from the back garden. Yucca whipplei. If I had a nickel for every time this plant has stabbed me...
One shoot from the back garden. Yucca whipplei. If I had a nickel for every time this plant has stabbed me…

One little wrinkle, I guess the new phone has this “live” feature, wherein it takes a 3 second video. I find this a bit confusing. When I have a technology savvy  kid in the house, my usual method of research is swear at it a bunch–and then yell for tech support. (Megan & Elliot: has the term tech-savvy become passé, like mole, wherein I’m not supposed to say it?)

Greg Shepperd at Xera told me Melianthus major would get big. To which I always say, "if I'm lucky."
Greg Shepperd at Xera told me Melianthus major would get big. To which I always say, “if I’m lucky.”

Recently, I’m turning over a new leaf, and at least trying to figure things out before yelling for help. Sometimes the Google answers my questions, however, there’s too damn much clock-building talk on the tech support page. I JUST NEED TO KNOW THE TIME. You know what I mean?

Cordyline 'Cha Cha' is a surprisingly hearty plant--so far.
Cordyline ‘Cha Cha’ is a surprisingly hearty plant–so far.

My point is, I’m happy with new point and shoot technology, though my son-in-law Justin tells me there’s a lot more to iPhone photos. He’s a pro, what can I say? Little steps, I’m thinking. In the meantime, I’m happy to use the basics–that is when I can get myself out there and take a look.

We put up a new bookshelf. Mister found it 30 seconds later. He sends his love.
Gratuitous cat photo: we put up a new bookshelf. Mister found it 30 seconds later. He sends his love.

Cheers