Friday, May 23, 2008

More Images of Spring


Allium bulgaricum Nectaroscordum. After I took this photo and viewed it on the computer screen, I noticed the bells seem to have a wonderful glow which I was not aware of when taking the picture.





Similarly this unknown variety of Salvia glows with the same light.





One of the numerous columbines we seemed to have collected. I especially like the up facing flowers on this one.





Jacob's Ladder, Polemonium 'Bressingham Purple'. It was a mistake to have bought several of these plants. They are all leggy and the flower stalks readily fall over even in full sun. They have been planted in part sun but I put one out in full sun anyway and it seems to be the best one of the lot.





Maianthemum racemosum "(Treacleberry, False Solomon's Seal, or False Spikenard)".
We purchased this plant at a wildflower preserve plant sale. The flowers are small and insignificant but it will be interesting to see how this plant will do after a year in the ground.






The first of the Oriental poppies to bloom. (Papaver orientale) 'Cedric Morris', salmon pink?





Anemone canadensis? This is a prolific spreader of seeds. Many new plants are coming up so I'll have to do some hoeing to get rid of them. Each plant has a small solitary flower at the terminal end of the plant.





First of the 'Home Run' roses to bloom.





Our biggest Rhododendron in full bloom. Rosebay Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum)'roseum'?






Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko' growing happily now that I've moved it from an overcrowded location.





And our freebie rose looking like it should be in a Dutch master painting.

18 Comments:

Blogger Nancy J. Bond said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! That rose is exquisite!

5:30 AM  
Blogger IBOY said...

Ki... wow, your garden is looking like Eden! I just added two plants to my "need" list; the allium and the maianthemum.
Don

5:31 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Nancy,
To think that that rose was sent to me as a free gift for buying a big order of other plants. The flowers are small but numerous and it is one of the few roses we've had good luck with even if the brown chafer beetles chew up the leaves at night. Thanks for your generous comment.

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Hi Iboy,
I saw your Asiatic maianthemum and thought this would be right up your alley. This one immediately went into the few openings in my small wildflower garden. The allium is interesting in that the bells slowly rise as they mature until they are upfacing and dry that way. Thanks for your enthusiastic comment. BTW, I bought some Corydalis sempervirens glauca seeds and they seem to be all coming up.

6:08 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Such beautiful flowers and lovely photos! The glowing bells are such a wonderful effect. I'm having serious columbine envy ...

7:02 AM  
Blogger lisa said...

I really like that allium! So far the only one that grows well for me is 'Hair'. I'm not sure why, because allium is generally easy to grow...maybe something dug the other bulbs. And that rose is lovely...I can almost smell it!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Before I read your caption I noticed the wonderful glow in the Allium. Love those roses.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I've tried to grow Jacob's Ladder, knowing that I had mostly sun and they always died for me. This year, I planted three more in a part shade situation under a Serviceberry tree. They get late afternoon sun and are doing nicely. They are growing and blooming and not so leggy. I have the Blessingham Purple - most definitely the biggest of the three. I also have A-joiu (varigated). It appears to have smaller clusters of blooms and is more erect. I also have another one (I can't remember the name of it now), but it has salmon colored flowers that seem to also be in small clusters to singular. Then again, this is their first year and though they are established, their not settled. Next year might be a different story.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Rosebay said...

Most likely too early to be Rhododendron maximum but it could be Rhododendron catawbiense.

Here are a few images

R. catawbiense

Click next to go to the next image.
Click indexto see a link of the iamges.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Rosebay,
I just took a stab at the name. I believe your R. catawbiense ID is correct. I see many planted in the neighborhood because they are one of the few Rhodos to be able to withstand all day sun. It's quite incredible that people will plant them in a southwest exposure without shade and the plant survives! Thank you for correcting my error.

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

joco said:

Good morning ki. If all that grows on what you call 'poor' soil, then I want poor soil ;-)

The Deutzias are all lovely at the moment. They grow very tall here, like 20 feet. Apart from 'Rosamunde' which stays a petite four feet. I love this span of what, three weeks? When all the pastel shrubs are out together. Kolkwitzia is my favourite.Do you have any?

4:38 AM  
Blogger Entangled said...

I was going to comment on the rosebay rhododendron, saying that yours puts mine to shame, but as I read through the rest of the comments I see that it may not be rosebay. Mine are in fairly dense shade and I selected them because the catalog claimed they were one of the few rhododendrons that would bloom in shade. I really wanted them more for an evergreen screen than for the flowers (well that's what I tell myself anyway).

The allium is very nice. It seems that alliums are getting a lot more attention these days, or is it me?

5:42 AM  
Anonymous tabatha said...

all absolutely gorgeous! thanks for sharing!

8:09 AM  
Blogger Digital Flower Pictures said...

I agree about the Rosebay Rhodo. Yours is way too nice to be a max.

Got a lot of laughs on your bad color mix post. I think every gardener could have a few of those.

5:12 PM  
Blogger joey said...

Lovely spring walk, Ki. Columbines and your oriental poppy especially captured my heart.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Lots of catching up to do after the long holiday weekend.

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Hi Joco,
I believe the Duetzia 'Nikko' is a dwarf but I may not be correct. Our plants have not grown very much but we only acquired them last year so given time to become established, perhaps they will become large. I saw some Kolkwitzias offered for sale in a catalog last year but decided not to buy them because they looked as if they would become very large plants and they looked much like Abelias with bigger flowers. Nothing against Abelias but the mounding habit is not to my taste.

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Hi Entangled,
I know I bought some Rosebay Rhodos a few years ago so the name stuck in my brain and popped out when I couldn't think of any other for the one in the picture ;) I remember seeing an article in Horticulture magazine about a guy who collected Alliums. He had hundreds and if I remember correctly he said they bloomed at various times so he had flowers throughout the growing season. I wonder if that article had an effect on gardeners who then clamored for the different cultivars of allium?

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Hi Tabatha,
You are most welcome and thank you for your lovely comment.

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Hi Chris,
These Rhodos are the most popular around our neighborhood. You can see huge mounds of them all blooming at the same time. I looked at some pictures of Max and now I see the flowers tend to be much more sparse and separated.

The azaleas seem to be especially prominent in showing up your bad color mixes. I bet you pros don't make that kind of mistake!
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Hi Joey,
The Columbines and poppies are nice because they are so reliable as well as beautiful. The Columbines are tough too so they can grow in a dry hot place where other plants would have a difficult time growing. We also have some in deep shade now that some of the trees and shrubs have overgrown them but they still keep growing although the flowers are not as abundant. I'm a fan. More poppies are just starting to bloom so many more pics to come. Thanks for stopping by.

5:44 AM  
Blogger Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Just wait til your False Solomon's Seal matures - then you'll not find the flowers insignificant. Mine are quite showy when viewed from a distance. This is one of my favorite wildflowers.
Your Poppies are so gorgeous! I much prefer these colors to the usual garish red orange.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Miranda Bell said...

Someone else with those beautiful Oriental Poppies - we inherited a pile when we bought our house to rennovate in Brittany - most were hidden at the time under all the brambles - but one of my favorite times of the year is when they appear... love the other pics too especially your freebie rose - you can never have enough roses!!
Miranda

4:24 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Mr. Mcgregor's daughter,

Oh good! I was a bit disappointed with the small inflorescence. I was beginning to think it was a mistake to have bought the plant!

Yep, we have those garish red orange poppies too. I was also surprised to see a watermelon red and a dark red one too. I remember having the dark red one years ago but it was awol for a number of years. Those large oriental poppies are head turners. Even our college neighbor's girlfriend who you would think was the last person interested in plants asked what it was. I see some neighbors gawking at the blooms as they drive past ;)

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Hi Miranda,
That must have been quite a surprise after you cleaned up the brambles!

The poppies are quite stunning but the plant takes up a lot of space and leaves a huge gap in the planting bed at wintertime. But the dark green foliage and exotic large flower makes up for the amount of real estate it takes up.

Though we seem to have a black thumb with roses we are giving them one last try this year. Wish us luck.

4:26 AM  

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