2008-07-07

Some recent and current blooms in my garden

Hemerocallis, Daylily, June 21, 2008
Hemerocallis, Daylily

Just some quick photos of plants recently or currently blooming in my garden. The first few were taken two weeks aga.

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Daylilies

I don't "collect" daylilies, at least not the way I try to collect Hosta or native plants. We inherited a few with the gardens when we bought the house. For that reason, I consider them to be "passalong" plants: dependable, sturdy, hardy, tolerant of neglect, vigorous, and so on. I gave away several clumps this Spring. I'll have more to give away over time.

Hemerocallis, Daylily, June 21, 2008
Hemerocallis, Daylily

Native Plants

Ascelpias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed, June 21, 2008
Ascelpias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed

Echinacea pallida, Pale Coneflower, June 21, 2008. This photo was used to illustrate "Coneflowers: America's Prairie Treasures", by Barbara Perry Lawton, in the Summer 2009 edition of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's "Plants & Gardens News."
Echinacea pallida, Pale Coneflower

The Shady Path

In this short section of the shady path on the north side of the house, I have my two big-leaved monsters: Rodgersia pinnata, on the right, and Kirengeshoma palmata, on the left. The Rodgersia has a lot of drought damage from our heat wave a few weeks ago, but it's off-frame of this photo. I'm keeping a close watch on the Kirengeshoma, as it also crisps up at the slightest hint of drought. There are buds on it now, which mature very slowly into waxy yellow bells. It benefits here from its location next to my neighbor's mixed border, which gets watered by soaker hose.

Part of the Shady Path

Both of these plants are several years old, possibly even a decade. I've lost track of when I purchased them. They're slow-growing, but continue to increase in size every year, despite never being divided in all that time. They are well worth the wait.

I used to keep the Kirengeshoma in a large container, which I could never water enough. It's much happier in the ground. Both of these plants would prefer constant moisture. I have long-term plans to build a rain garden in the shady part of the front yard. When the time comes, both of these plants will be very happy there.

Nestled between them in the foreground is a small, yellow-leaved, purple-flowering Hosta. I've lost the id for this. I think it might be 'Little Aurora.' Any Hosta aficionados out there who can weigh in on what this might be?

Hosta 'Little Aurora'?

Hosta 'Little Aurora'?

Heirloom Canna

Last to share with you today is the Heirloom Canna 'Mme. Paul Caseneuve' blooming in a large, glazed container in the front yard. This is the same specimen that I grew for the first time last year. I overwintered it in the same container in an unheated, but enclosed, section of the front porch. I'm surprised it came back.

Heirloom Canna 'Mme. Paul Caseneuve'

It doesn't look as pink as I remember it from last year. The color is more apricot/salmony this year. At least it's got the same bronze foliage.

Heirloom Canna 'Mme. Paul Caseneuve'

Related Content

Heirloom Canna "Mme. Paul Caseneuve", August 17, 2007
The Shady Path (Flickr photo set)

5 comments:

Brenda from Flatbush said...

Mmm, hosta porn! I always lose the IDs to mine, too, so I can't help. I like lime-ish and also bluish ("glaucous?") ones. And stripey ones. And plain dark green ones. And little teeny ones...

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Not only do I not collect daylilies, but I honestly don't much care for them at all. So when I say that I looked at that first picture and thought, "Oh my god, why do I not have one of those in my yard?"... you can be assured that means you took one heck of a photograph, Xris!!! :)

The kirengeshoma is tops on my list of "If I ever garden in a not-dry-plot again, I want..." plants. Very pretty.

Xris (Flatbush Gardener) said...

brenda: I'll show you mine if you show me yours [g]. Or maybe we can just swap some plants?!

bsg: Thanks! And that's of one of the plain, ordinary kind. I've got a couple of named varieties, maybe 4 or 5. I'll try to get some "glamour" shots of those as well.

I'll also get some more shots of the Kirengeshoma up. It's worth a "plant portrait" post on its own. When it doesn't succumb to drought, it's achingly beautiful.

DarkHeart said...

Beautiful and brilliant!

Marie said...

These are absolutely beautiful pictures.