More Recent Acquisitions, Dodecatheon etc. and Miscellaneous Other Older Plants
We bought this plant at the Master Gardener's sale last weekend. The flowers just opened a few days ago so it was not included in the previous post. Sorry for the blurry pictures of Shooting Star, Dodecatheon meadia 'Alba'. It was windy and dark when I took the pictures. Some friends came over late yesterday and I was surprised they immediately noticed this flower which is partially hidden under a Japanese maple. The flowering head is probably not much over 8" high but apparently it is not as inconspicuous as I thought. The leaves of the white Dodecatheon are much larger and robust than the pink counterpart. According to Wikipedia they are also know as "Shooting Star, American Cowslip, Mosquito Bills, and Sailor-caps" and are related to the genus Primula, primroses. Also "Primula without Dodecatheon is paraphyletic." "In phylogenetics, a group of organisms is said to be paraphyletic (Greek para = near and phyle = race) if the group contains its most recent common ancestor but does not contain all the descendants of that ancestor." "A group that does not contain the most recent common ancestor of its members is said to be polyphyletic (Greek polys = many)". More information than I care to know or remember... but included for those taxonomically inclined.
We bought the white Shooting Star to accompany this pink one which I also bought at the Master Gardener's sale 4 years ago. Surprisingly the plant hasn't multiplied much but it comes up every year like clockwork and is eagerly awaited by moi. I was again amazed that the aforementioned friends also spotted this tiny plant which is also fairly inconspicuously placed amongst larger plants.
This tiny Jack in the Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum, was also for sale. I liked the dark colored striped spathe and I hope it remains as dark when it reblooms next year.
An interesting side note. The first Jack I planted was a light green one. It was sent to me as a root, tuber?, and I just pretty much just stuck it in the ground. When the flower appeared, it was facing to the back of the bed so the part you saw was the back of the spathe and you weren't able to see the spadix or the cup of the flower. I thought it was just bad luck and it would probably turn in a different direction in the coming years. But not so. When the flower appeared the next year, it was still facing backwards. I don't know if this is an anomaly or if it will always do this but I made sure I planted this newest acquisition facing in the best direction. Here's a nice little write up on Jack in the Pulpits.
I also picked up four of these Thalictrum aquilegifolium, the Greater Meadow-rue. I bought a Thalictrum rochebrunianum last year which turned out to be a spectacular plant so when I saw these for sale I immediately "had" to buy them. I also bought a Thalictrum from Wayside Gardens called 'Black Stockings' because the stems are dark and almost black in color which I'm excited to see.
This Begonia was just the thing to brighten a dark shaded corner of our deck.
We bought some 'Knockout' roses last year in an after-bloom sale which were mostly of the light pink variety. They rebloomed later in the year with just a few flowers but enough to want to try a few more. This is 'Rainbow' and it is much more vibrant in color than the pink ones. I think they are the prettiest of the Knockouts. I found these in the local Lowes.
The white version of Bleeding Heart is blooming. I like the white much better than the pink because it is much better behaved and doesn't multiply or try to crowd out other plants.
I'm glad to see the Trilliums are flowering again this year.
And indoors - this Easter cactus is blooming now. Apparently these vibrantly colored cacti are difficult to care for and have them rebloom. Only a few flowers are on the plant much, much less than when we first bought the plant last year. I guess they deserve the reputation for being a difficult plant to care for. We almost lost a pink flower version and it has not rebloomed.