Thursday, May 24, 2007

Updates and other plants

Remember the poppy bud with the almost invisible aphids...well, here's the flower. Slightly smaller than the red poppy, Papaver orientale but with an interesting salmon color.

This is the end stage color of the Trilliums. Considerably darker than when they first started to turn pink. Quite unbelievable to think they started out white.

Another Amaryllis (actually Hippeastrum) I think this was "Double Record"? We dried and stored the bulbs last year in our unheated garage and planted them outdoors when the threat of frost was past.

Vanicek Weigela, Cardinal Red. Actually not as bright red as this photo but with more purple added to the red. Don't know why the camera read it as being bright red unless the morning sun shining directly on the flowers gave it a brighter hue.

I planted several rhizomes of the twinleaf plants, Jeffersonia diphylla last spring and didn't see any growth but only one seems to have weathered the winter cold and leafed out this spring, which is really disappointing. I was hoping to have a cluster of plants. I hope this plant will survive. I don't know why the leaves seem to be disfigured.

And the leaf patterning of a Japanese Painted fern, Athyrium niponicum Pictum the 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year.


Blogger Digital Flower Pictures said...

I have been enjoying your photography this season. That Poppy is gorgeous.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Thanks Chris. Poppies are a great. How the fragile paper thin petals manage to survive being undamaged is a wonder.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Ki, my heart also belongs to the peach/salmon shades of poppies - used to have them and had to leave them.
The white flowers were wonderful, too - you do have a personal botanical garden there.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

7:41 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Annie, we had red ones that were huge and very showy so much so that it would stop what little traffic our side street has. But the pink/salmon is my favorite too. Somehow just the right combination of color, size and height, standing tall above the leaves that makes it look just right. The red on had too much vegetative growth and took up an enormous amount of space.

We are in a two week long dry spell now and having to water all the plants has become a full time job! We curse the day we went for quantity rather than a few choice specimen plants or spare landscaping. Fun to see all the varieties but definitely too much work lugging around the heavy hoses.

11:56 AM  

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