Archive for July, 2013
This is the mystery plant John’s step mom gave me. She is heavily accented and I could never understand what she was telling me about this plant. I thought it might be ginseng, as she was telling me something about it’s root.
Turns out, this is a native of Korea, as is John’s step mom, and a relative of Campanula. White is the most common color in Korea. And the root is used therapeutically for coughs and cold.
She planted them for me two years ago, but the first year the deer nibbled them away to, I thought, extinction.
Happily, I was wrong. I look forward to seeing this open up.
We had a visitor recently who came with out his wife and gushed how she will be sorry she missed my garden. He took a photo similar to this and I have to wonder. Will she be impressed, or just see the mess?
My neighbor gave me a bunch of gorgeous snapdragons. Of course they weren’t blooming yet when I got them, so they are place with no particular artistry connecting them to their surroundings.
I have been trying, but can’t seem to capture the loveliness of this Dahlia. I took some pix in the evening and morning, but this is the best one out of a dozen.
I tried to capture the amazing glow this yellow Dahlia has. Check it out.
I’ve had this creeping winter berry for years, but I had put it in an out of the way spot, some what idiotically thinking it had the best exposure for it. It may get more sun here, but it doesn’t seem to mind. The thing about this plant is supposed to be it’s red berries in the winter, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the smaller, simpler blooms.
My neighbor was very vague about what what this plant was when she gave it to me. I thought it might be some sort of romaine as it was growing, but after chewing on the bitter leaf, I wondered what it could be.
Turns out it’s a blessed Double Poppy!
I wonder if there are a bunch of poppy seeds in here.
I love the way these liatiris look as they get started, but it’s been tough to get a good pic. This is the best so far…
And to end the day, I was visited by this cool dragonfly!
I’m getting depressed that my garden is stressing me out so much. I follow a blog whose blogger proclaimed English Ivy as his arch nemesis. I thought, yes, I need to work on the ivy that is going to smother my Myrtlewoods. Haven’t.
Instead, I am dismayed by the intractable bracken fern, the pernicious dandelions and the obstinate Japanese Anemone. These have never given me an impressive display and I had other things to plant so I thought I’d remove them. Ha!
I thought if they had competition from other plants and I repeatedly pulled out any green they sent up, I would eventually beat it. This makes me want to take the “not” out of my blog title! I was out there today with a shovel. I didn’t know when I was cutting into the anemone roots or the shrubs that I want to keep there.
I uprooted 4 perennials in the name of the cause. It remains to be seen if my tactics will have a more satisfying effect. I called the friend who gave me this plant in the first place. She told me at the time that it would take over and I shouldn’t plant it anywhere with other things growing. Did I listen?? Of course not.
I asked her if she had eradicated the anemone she was working on when she gave me these plants 4 years ago. The answer was no, along with a description of the methods she used. Nothing I haven’t tried.
But perhaps I am more anal than her and will have better luck.