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.


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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  1. Grace, this is Anna Mullins...why Google won't let me fix it, I have no idea, I've tried several times and it keeps bringing up my son-in-laws profile so am comment as anonymous. Anyway, I love your pitcher plant and all the others. Magenta's, pinks, and purples are my favorite also. Your magnificent garden is looking lovely as usual. You have evidently had a lot more rain than we have in South Texas. XOXOXO

  2. Gorgeous, Grace! You have so many bright and beautiful plants! The hummingbirds must love your garden!

  3. Your garden is looking lovely, Grace. I never thought I'd find myself admiring a carnivorous plant but yours sure are pretty!

  4. Once again I am 'wowed' by your lovely gardens and all of the wonderful blooms. Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  5. Your garden looks great. I love the Mock Orange and helianthemum has become one of my favorites.

  6. So exciting about your pitcher plants and that cirsium. I'm just thrilled my pitcher plants put out new leaves this year!

  7. Hey there Gracie girl !
    Your garden is looking wonderful as usual .. love the pitcher plant .. and now you have persuaded me that I might just like the Hart's Tongue fern after all .. for years I didn't but yours looks spectacular !
    I have been disgustingly lazy lately with the garden ... thank heavens for the sprinkler system .. I really need to kick myself and do the right thing for my babies soon ... big sigh !

  8. Oh my goodness Grace!! I love your garden. Now I really want to see it up close and personal! Never heard of that beautiful Jasmine...where did you find it?

  9. Have I ever told you how much I love all the pink in your garden? Swoon!


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