Picture time


Several residents of my garden recently sat for their portraits.

Dianthus “King of the Blacks”
Eryngium planum
Ptilotus exaltatus “Joey”

Ptilotus is an Australian relative of Celosia that I saw in the Wichita botanical garden a few years ago. I ordered a package of five seeds early this year. There were six seeds in the packet; of those six seeds, nine came up. I don’t understand it either, but I’m not complaining. This is what it looks like in the garden:

Ptilotus is supposed to tolerate heat and drought well, so theoretically it should do well here. So far it seems happy.