Thursday, March 29, 2007

A potpurri of plants






Just some pictures of plants and flowers.

I was amazed that the moss I had seen earlier now formed some fruiting bodies. I thought we pretty much had only one kind of moss in the yard, the ones that form a nice green velvet pinchusion but apparently not so. One pictured has formed spiky hair like growth above the leaves, at least I think they're called leaves.

The Magnolia stellata is just starting to bloom these are the very first flowers to open. One got a little frost burn.

The Pieris japonicas are also almost in full bloom. I wasn't aware that they are in the same family (Ericaceae) as the blueberry and Enkianthus campanulatus which we bought last fall and hope will bloom this year. When you look closely the flowers of the Pieris they do resemble the flowers of the blueberry.

3 Comments:

Blogger Annie in Austin said...

If you hear a cooing sound don't look for a dove, Ki - that's just me looking wishfully at your Magnolia stellata.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

9:31 AM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oooh... the pieris certainly does look blueberry-esque in flower. I had never noticed that before! I LOVE your pics of the "blooming" moss, Ki. I pass some of that on my morning dogwalk every day, and it's just starting to throw up those yellow... things. :)

6:35 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hey Annie, and I thought the doves were doing that! The Mag. flowers are from the first stellata we planted and is now about 7 feet tall. I was coveting the tree which actually looked more like a shrub with multiple trunks at a Franks nursery (now unfortunately defunct). It was quite expensive but my wait was rewarded when it went on sale for 1/2 price. By that time the root ball was quite tattered with the burlap rotted so I was apprehensive about buying it but I took a chance. It started to grow immediately even though it was almost autumn. And now it's thriving and we're rewarded with the earliest of the magnolia blooms even among the other stellatas in the yard.

Hi Kim,
You know I never made the connection before either that the pieris and blueberry flowers looked alike until I Wikied pieris and saw that it was in the Ericaceae family. Mosses are great huh! Yeah I don't know what you call those things they throw up. I see some other kind that has reddish tassels. I'll try to take pictures of those when I'm dog walking...always seem to forget my camera.

7:09 PM  

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