Wednesday, June 13, 2018

It's Blooming!

I must be doing something right because my pitcher plant, (Sarracenia sp.) has three blooms this year! Aren't they pretty? 




Below is the plant last year, snuggled between rocks in the shallowest portion of my outer pond. Despite being somewhat crowded by other plants, it seemed to be happy.
 
 
 Don't you love it when our plants do what they're supposed to do?

My patio pond is doing well too. I found the floating, round-leaved Frogbit plant (Limnobium laeviatum) at the nursery. It was three little leaves in April. Now it's three hundred little leaves. Check it out. 

Inner (patio) pond
With such rapid growth, I'm not surprised that Frogbit is invasive in some places. What did surprise me is that it is hardy down to Zone 4. I thought it was a summer annual (tropical perennial) and would die at first frost. But apparently not. It's sure cute floating on the water's surface. 

Back on the soil, my sister and I were both smitten with this Helianthemum we saw at Joy Creek Nursery last weekend. I think I had it years ago but you know how it goes. What's old is new again.

Helianthemum nummularium 'Annabel'

Jasminum stephanense "Hardy Pink Jasmine"

 I am so smitten with Hart's Tongue Fern. My oldest one is really getting big.

Hart's Tongue Fern (Asplenium scolopendrium)

Last fall, after many years of lusting the puffy pinky blossoms of this pretty thistle (Cirsium rivulare 'Altopurpurea'), I purchased a plant from Far Reaches Nursery. It sat in its pot on my patio all winter. 

Internet Photo

Below is my plant--just behind the red-flowering Phygelius--shooting up a flowering stock! I hope the butterflies enjoy it too.

Cirsium rivulare 'Altropurpurea'

There are very few Dianthus plants I don't like. This is one of several blooming its head off right now in my garden.

Dianthus

The Mock Orange, (Philadelphus) are SO fragrant!

Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile'

I'm finally okay with this border. It's taken a long time to get it looking good.



Ditto for this mini-woodland spot.





That's all for now.
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