Saturday, May 11, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
*I'm not certain of the identity of this tree, but it appears to be of the stellata family. It could be Magnolia x loebneri 'Ballerina'.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
|Hepatica nobilis var. acuta|
Take for example the above-pictured sharp-leaved hepatica (Hepatica nobilis var. acuta). Hepatica thrives in my garden, but just a short ways away, it fails in the garden of Barbara Wetzel. It's not that I'm talented or a better gardener, actually converse is true. The reason has nothing to do with me and everything to do with my garden. For whatever reason (I suspect it's that my soil is more alkaline), the conditions that Hepatica need are found in my garden and not hers.
The odd thing is that sometimes, a wildflower will begin to decline, despite having performed well for many years. This is what has happened to Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) in my garden. I had it planted near the base of a tree, where it reliably bloomed every spring. Three years ago, there were no blooms, the buds had dried up. Again the next year, total failure, so I divided the plant and distributed around the shade garden.
The lesson here is if a wildflower fails to thrive, try it again in a different location in the garden with different conditions. That might make all the difference.
This post is part of Wildflower Wednesday hosted by Gail of Clay and Limestone.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The upshot is this: if you want to stunt the growth of paperwhites growing in water so they don't flop over, it's worth giving blue food color a try added to the water. Even if you can't duplicate these results, the paperwhites and their containers will look pretty with vivid blue water.