Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Plains Coreopsis


Coreopsis tinctoria. A very delicate but hardy
wildflower.
6-30-09

Plains Coreopsis


20 yard border of plains coreopsis.
6-30-09

Monday, June 29, 2009

Monarda


Monarda: More commonly Bee Balm and Horsemint,
Oswego tea, and Bergamot. It is a natural source of thymol,
an active ingredient in commercial mouthwash formulas.
Native Americans used it as a carminative (to treat
excessive flatulence).
6-29-09

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dahlia


Aster family. Native to Central America, Mexico,
and Columbia. They are long blooming perennials.
6-24-09

Monday, June 22, 2009

Hollyhock


This orphan appeared on the berm last year.
In the mallow family. It was the official flower of the
Tokugawa Shogunate. Banzai!
6-22-09

Friday, June 19, 2009

Lavender


Lavandula - Mint family. Used in cooking,
honey propagation, and as a herbal medicine. A New
England Journal of Medicine partially implicated it
when used in a shampoo as a cause of gynecomastia
(abnormal breast enlargement) in prepubescent boys.
6-19-09

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cosmos


Cosmos atrosanguineus - Aster family.
A very showy annual. I think, like zinnias,
cosmos do better from seed than from small plants.
The priests in Mexico named them cosmos the Greek
word for harmony as they enjoyed the natural "order"
of the petals.
6-18-09

Shasta Daisy


Leucanthemum x superbum - This daisy
grows taller and has a larger flower head than its cousin the
ox-eyed daisy. It originated as a hybrid by horticulturist
Luther Burbank.
6-18-09

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Yellow Hot Poker


Kniphofia uvria - Also Torch Lily. Deer resistant.
The flowering spike is two tone as the lower flowers
open first showing a different color than the top buds.
You can see the open white flowers at the bottom.
6-16-09

Monday, June 15, 2009

Forsythia


This is a deciduous early flowering shrub.
It produces lactose, a feat rarely seen in other natural
sources except in milk.
6-15-09

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Astilbe


Saxifragaceae Also False Goat's Beard
and False Spirea. Produces delicate feathery plumes
in full shade.
6-10-09

Impatiens


Also balsams and touch-me-nots. This common
annual grows well in the shade.
6-10-09

Monday, June 8, 2009

Verbena


I discovered this annual last year and fell in love with it. It seems to last all summer. Also called vervain, Tears
of Isis, and Juno's tears. It is said that when used in a tea it protects against vampires - it has worked for me so far.
6-8-09

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Coreopsis


I have 100 yards of coreopsis in the wildflower gardens.
6-6-09

Thursday, June 4, 2009

White Dafodil


This is a double dafodil. Jan says we have had these for years but I never "saw" them until this year. They are much like a camelia.
6-4-09

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Miniature Dafodills


Miniature Dafodils from a neighbors yard.
6-3-09

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

NaturalDisaster and Chaos



At about 2:00 PM on June 2 there was a hail storm that damaged
the house and gardens. The hostas and the night blooming cereus
were laid waste. All the leaves were permanently battered. The
house had hail damage to the roof, siding, and window sills.
6-2-09

Hail Damaged Flowers


Today's Flower for the Day requires some imagination.

We just had a nickel sized hail 'blowthrough' - like a

tornado - one chimney cap (heavy metal 0 blew off and

landed on the back patio.


Imagine: The container on the left has lavender flowing

over the side on the left and pansies on the right. The

smaller container on the right has Jan's new gorgeous

and delicate blue star creeper (Laurentia axillaris)


The gnomes on the right were so scared that they

started climbing the rope to safety. 6-2-09


Monday, June 1, 2009