Today I have three questions that you, my gardening, plant-loving friends, might be able to help me answer. I'll jump right in to question 1:
What is this plant? It seems familiar, as if I've seen it on Loree's blog (danger garden), or maybe it was the blog of Mark and Gaz (Alternative Eden)? I spent a little time searching for it, but I don't have enough details to make that worthwhile.
The one thing I do know:
It had the irresistible clearance price tag on it. This is Sherwood Forest's way of saying "get this plant out of here!" and I've gotten a few other nice plants for the same $10 price from them over the years. That includes my Pleioblastus fortunei bamboo, of which I now have at least 100 square feet (9 square meters) in various spots in my garden.
I suspect this tree (shrub?) will need to be brought indoors for the winter, but I need ID so I can treat it correctly. Help!
Question 2: How exactly does a half-barrel water feature like this...
...get a resident like this?
It's a Southern leopard frog, common around here. There are two things I can't figure out about this situation, the first being how did it get up there? Did it just jump from the ground?
The second part of that is how did it know that there was water up there? There's no way it can see the water from the ground, so did it just blindly jump up there? Are frogs just moving around the area jumping up on things in the hopes that they will have water in them? (I can envision that a gardener, on his or her hands and knees weeding or planting was one time surprised by a frog jumping upon them, hence the invention of the "leapfrog" game.)
I love having him out there, as his croaking complements the cricket, cicada, and katydid calls nicely.
Third and final question: How do you make Brunnera macrophylla 'Sea Heart' happy?
I bought this plant at the end of July and even though I kept it in shade and well-watered, it died on me within 10 days. The plant above is a replacement. Does it like to stay wet? Does it need moist but well-drained soil?
The weird thing is that Brunnera 'Jack Frost' is doing fine in another spot in my garden, one that is probably a little drier than it wants. What's the secret?
Looking forward to some answers in the comments!