Nice, surprise

A few nice things for Friday, starting with California poppy blooms!


I'm really excited about these, because it's rare that I actually get these to germinate and bloom. I sprinkle a couple of seed packets every year, but this is the first that I've gotten more than one plant out of them.

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Interesting that of the three beds that I sprinkled the seeds, the plants in the walkway beds are the only ones that grew (or made it to maturity).


I'm hoping this starts a cycle of self-seeding generations so I don't need to figure out the seed timing myself in future years.

Speaking of future years, here's a plant that I hope to have in my garden for years to come: Rudbeckia maxima:


It's just staring to bloom, but it's the height (5'/1.5m or more) and the blue color of the foliage and stems that really gets me!


Although I have one in my garden already, I just purchased another. I've had a hard time getting these to grow from seed.

Another new plant I just added to the garden:


Verbena hastata (American blue vervain, aka swamp verbena) grows as tall as the Rudbeckia maxima, and blooms for most of the summer. Slowly spreads by rhizomes too! I only hope it will get enough water in the prairie beds. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised.

I know I'm surprised at how well the 'Karley Rose' Pennisetum is doing this year:


It's the one on the right behind the purple 'Vertigo', and amazingly, is still upright! This one usually flops over for me.


A short post, as there are only two days left for me to get ready for the Sustainable Backyard Tour on Sunday. If you're a St. Louis-area reader, hope to see you in my garden!

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Garden Fancy  – (June 20, 2014 at 10:09 AM)  

Your California poppies look beautiful -- I'm surprised you have a hard time growing them -- I planted a packet of seeds 3 years ago and they come back with abandon. Do you plant them in full sun? I think they might like poor dry soil too. Good luck with them this year! -Beth

Maywyn Studio  – (June 20, 2014 at 10:54 AM)  

Your poppies are beautiful, nice color. The tour looks beyond garden fantastic. Have a nice time!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (June 20, 2014 at 11:42 AM)  

Yeah!!! Once the California poppies get going and you let them go to seed, they should come back year after year.

Alan  – (June 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM)  

Beth: The seeds in my poorest, driest soil did not germinate, but I'll keep trying in that spot. I'm just glad to have 1/2 dozen or so plants that made it.

Gerhard: I let everything go to seed, sometimes even by choice. :)

Rock rose  – (June 20, 2014 at 7:36 PM)  

I wish you well with your Ca poppies reseeding next year. I wish I had that problem. I have way too many. However, getting the other colors to germinate is a problem. If one germinates it is always puny.

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