Saturday, August 30, 2008

Daphne 'Carol Mackie' and other flowers

The Daphne is blooming again. It caught me by surprise - I thought Daphnes bloomed in the spring. The flowers don't have very much perfume and I had to stick my nose up to the flowers to smell anything but the beautifully variegated leaves more than make up for the lack of scent. I guess I'll have to buy D. odorata or D. odora if I want one with perfume but I don't think it will survive our winters.

Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'

Interestingly colored Zinnia. I love the dusky orange with hint of pink at the base of the petals.

Eupatorium coelestinum, Mist Flower, Hardy Ageratum

I'm a bit confused about the name of this Geranium. I thought it was Roxanne but I keep seeing references to Rozanne; Geranium 'Rozanne', The 2008 Perennial Plant of the Year. The flower looks different than the pictures I've seen of Rozanne but articles I've seen say Roxanne is a typo. ???

Floribunda Rose, Rosa 'Angel Face'


Blogger Les, Zone 8a said...

I love the look of Carol Mackie but she usually dies a quick brutal death for us. We do have better luck with D. odora, but it is not the temps that bother it. Usually it goes in poor drainage combined with periods of heavy rains, excessive heat and humidity.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Les,
Unfortunate that Carol Mackie doesn't do well for you. I tried a large specimen of a Daphne (I can't remember the name) several years ago with the same experience you had with CM. No matter what I did to save the plant, it just withered and died. Luckily it had a 1 year guarantee so I was able to recoup the $55 I paid for the plant.

I love the variegated leaves of the CM. As a German woman at a nursery said to me today, "any variegated plant is good". I can't argue with that.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

I really love the mist flower.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Carolyn gail said...

Beautiful flowers, Ki. I just planted a CM for the first time this year and can't wait to see how it does in my garden.

5:16 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Aunt Debbi/Kurt's Mom,

I agree it is a beaut. The flowers are on tall stems compared to Ageratums which is more interesting in form, in my opinion. Thanks for visiting.


Hi Carolyn Gail,
I had trouble with the first Daphne I planted so I was a bit skeptical that CM would do well but it has. I picked it because it's hardy to zone 5 ...and it has proven to be a vigorous plant though I did plant it in a sheltered, filtered light spot in the garden. I hope you luck with yours. Thanks for the comment. I own you a visit.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

What a striking coloured zinnia. i also liek the lavender rose. the variegation on the Daphne is also attractive-I don't think we have that plant, here.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Nicole,
There was only one Zinnia with that color in the whole large 1 pound bag of wildflowers. I should probably try to keep the seeds but it may not breed true since it probably will be cross bred with the other zinnias.

The Daphne is definitely not a tropical plant, hardy zone 5-8. It probably needs some cold to do well. Our plant remains evergreen throughout the winter so it adds color to an otherwise barren bed but we've had mild winters for the last two years and it may drop some of its leaves in a severe winter.

The rose is Floribunda Rose
Rosa 'Angel Face'.

6:29 PM  
Blogger joey said...

Lovely post, Ki. I also have a gift ... my Easter Lily (bulb planted in spring after blooming) has re-bloomed! Happy September :)

9:55 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Joey,
It's amazing that your lily re-bloomed! I don't remember any of ours doing that. We do have some late season lilies blooming now, only because we bought them very late or they were potted late and are only blooming now. Thanks for visiting.

4:55 AM  

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