>> Friday, June 20, 2014 – blooms
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.
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!