Posts Tagged ‘flower’

Rose of Sharon Blooms

May 29, 2009
blooms on rose of sharon bush

blooms on rose of sharon bush

This is a close-up of the blooms on my Rose of Sharon bush.  I’m on my lunch hour so I have to be quick.  You can read about this bush in my previous post.  Gotta go!

Terrific Resource for Local Gardening Info — Standing Right in Front of You!

May 21, 2009
Golden Shrimp Plant, also called Lollipop Plant (Pachystachys lutea)

Golden Shrimp Plant, also called Lollipop Plant (Pachystachys lutea)

When I buy plants at nurseries, I make a habit of joining the longest checkout line.  I start a conversation with the person ahead of me by saying “That’s a beautiful plant.  I wonder if it will be easy for you to grow?”  That’s what I did one day last year when the woman ahead of me was holding a shrimp plant.  She said “Oh YES!  I have loads of them.  They grow so well in the shade here.  Don’t need a bit of sun.  I’m buying more because we have a new puppy that dug up some of the old ones and killed them.”

I had a shady bed for which I had given up hope of ever finding color.  The only shade plants I could find were foiliage but no flowers.  I immediately got out of line and went to add one of these plants to my purchases.  I now have two.  When they get large enough, I’m going to propagate them.

I’m always learning new things about what will grow well with the least maintenance in my area from people in check out lines.  Think about it — they have no motivation to sell me something or steer me wrong.  And they have loads of experience gardening in the same soil and in the same weather I work with.  What more can you ask of an expert?

Pincushion Scabiosa

May 10, 2009
I call these Pincushion flowers, but I think they are named Scabiosa.

I call these Pincushion flowers, but I think they are named Scabiosa.

I love these pincushion flowers, called scabiosa.  I have several of them.  They attract butterflies and are beautiful.  I haven’t quite figured out how to care for them yet.  They don’t die on me, but they stop flowering as well if I give them too much or too little water.  If you’ve found the watering trick, let me know.

Snapdragons Blown Away

April 27, 2009
Pale Yellow Snapdragons

Pale Yellow Snapdragons

   I planted snapdragon seeds one and 1/2 years ago and they finally sprouted. I took the photo above a few days ago. Unfortunately, the wind picked up really strong Sunday and blew most of the petals off my snapdragons! Ah well, time for more seeds!

By the way, I’ve tried growing the seeds in pots and then transplanting.  Mine work better just planting the seeds straight into the ground.

(Hmmmmmmm…This was supposed to post on Sunday, not sure what happened there.)