Monday, August 11, 2008

Wood Poppy Stylophorum diphyllum, Ligularia, Brunnera macrophylla and more photos of Silene uniflora 'Robin Whitebreast'

Wood poppy.


Brunnera macrophylla Alkanet, Siberian Bugloss and 'Jack Frost'

Silene uniflora 'Robin Whitebreast'.


Blogger joey said...

I can see you are putting your camera to good use, Ki. Interesting posts!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Joey,
Thanks. It's getting harder to find interesting things as the summer wanes and I'm a bit burned out too. Thanks for visiting.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Jan said...

I love the Jack Frost and wish it would grow here, but, alas, it is too hot in Louisiana for it to thrive. So, I'll have to enjoy pictures of it from other gardens.

Always Growing

12:06 PM  
Blogger kate smudges said...

The Silene is so pretty - I planted two in my garden, although they have soft pale pink petals. The Ligularia is beautiful. Mine are in bloom now. Summer is passing by too quickly.

I hope you are well!

4:08 PM  
Blogger Digital Flower Pictures said...

We have been using a lot of 'Jack Frost' and Ligularia. Both are fine plants. 'Jack Frost' is almost twice the price wholesale as the regular Bugloss (which I use a lot, too), whats up with that?

6:12 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Jan,
Unfortunate that you can't grow brunneras. I didn't know they needed cold weather to grow.

I was surprised that the Jack Frost produced seeds that were viable. We had two plants and now we have three with a volunteer growing about 5 feet from the nearest plant.

We actually have more than 3 Jack frosts because we bought more and I also bought 3 or 4 other varieties. I didn't know they had so many varieties! Thanks for stopping by.


Hi Kate,
Glad you are enjoying your silenes.

The Silene uniflora Robin Whitebreast seems to come in two different forms. One has a webbing veined look to the balloon calyx and the other a solid light green. I like the figured one better as it seems more delicate. The solid color one has more elaborate petals.

I bought two other varieties, Silene dioica, the red campion with light purple flowers and Silene capensis, the Xhosa Dream Plant from Sought Africa. I have yet to see flowers from either though they have produced lush vegetation. I am especially interested to see the Xhosa dream plant flowers. Apparently the Xhosa people in Africa used the roots probably in a decoction to induce vivid dreams. I don't think I'm adventrous enough to try it. My dreams are vivid enough ;)

I'm doing OK but a bit overwhelmed.
Thanks for your comments.

Hi Chris,
At the wholesale nursery we go to all the varieties of Brunnera are priced the same at about $7 per plant. They have about 6 or maybe more different varieties which surprised me since several look pretty much the same.

As I mentioned to Jan above, I was surprised the brunnera threw seeds that were viable. We now have volunteer seedling Jack Frost and the regular Siberian Bugloss growing several feet from the mother plants.

Now that we have lots of shade, the ligularias and bugloss are becoming favored plants!

Thanks for visiting.

4:19 AM  
Blogger OsmoJoe said...

Just lovely photos...nice.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Thanks Osmojoe.

3:29 AM  

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