I’m going to let you’all in on a little secret. Come, gather in a bit closer, I don’t want everyone to hear….
I’m impatient and when I write these Blooming Posts, I tell you’all I don’t know something even though I only research it a short time (5 minutes, tops). Time is precious in a 4 season zone, during the best season! I don’t want to stare at pixels, I want it to be out in nature. This is also explains why I don’t spend time photographing the subject better. Lack of patience, can’t see the screen of my camerone in the sun and I just hope I got the shot.
Sometimes ID is hard through a myriad of reasons; blurry pix, can’t see the leaves, not blooming, I’m out of my (grow) zone, can’t see the back of flower (helpful in aster ID), sun or shade can change the plants looks slightly, it’s a grass or a hybrid variety… the list goes on. I have sat for hours sometimes trying to ID something and almost miss posting because of it. Most of the time it turns out to be a weed!
Anywho, this predicament has inspired me to plan a winter project! I will gather all of my ‘don’t knows’ from all 4 years and ID them. Boom. If I still have some don’t knows, well. .. I don’t know what I’ll do about them, but let’s get to the bridge before I need to re-engineer it 😉 This will also allow me to clean house a bit and maybe label my files!
There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now. ~ EUGENE O’NEILL, A Moon for the Misbegotten
Filipendula rubra ~ Queen-of-the-Prairie
Looove this lady! She starts growing early in the season with her bright, lime green leaves. By the time she’s blooming here, she’s a thick, three feet tall and wide. She looks like a shrub! After blooming, they are easily pruned off for a cleaner look and for her wonderfully textured leaves to shine. She resides in my front bed where she gets full sun, aside from 3 hours of shade, starting at noon from a well located spruce. I’ve never had to watered her in the 10 years she’s been here, she’s a trooper and also native here.
Lychnis arkwrightii ‘Orange Gnome’ ~ Maltese cross, ragged robin, campion
This guy is in my yard also. He’s a neighbor of the Queen. Now that I look at this photo, I feel it fails to show the bronze-ness of the leaves. They are really bronze and catch your attention when you pass. I’ll recapture both him and the queen together soon so you can see what I’m yammering on about.
Geranium ~ not sure of flavor
Stachys byzantina ‘Helen von Stein’ or ‘Big ears’ ~ Lamb’s ears | Delphinium ~ Larkspur
Clematis recta ‘Serious Black’ (fat finger also!) | Wild Strawberry anyone? Blech. Pass. These are for the birds!
Penstemon barbatus ‘Red Riding Hood’ ~ Beardtounge | Lychnis chalcedonica ~ Maltese cross, ragged robin, campion
Yes, Sir Maltese Cross is a cousin of the above Gnome. Of course Sir M resides in my bed also. Orange/Red is my fav color!
Penstemon gracilis ~ Slender beardtounge
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