Tuesday, August 05, 2008

It's Off To The Woods!

The evergreen gingers are a somewhat reticent bunch in our climate; while a gratifying number of species are growing here, let's just say there is little danger of them spreading out into the yard and jamming up the lawnmower. I swear a few of the shyer ones haven't changed a whit in five years; I'm starting to harbor suspicions I've been sold some plastic gingers.
Then there is Asarum splendens, a grand species from China and the Himalayas with large arrowhead shaped leaves mottled and spotted with gray silver and dark green. I have read that there are two forms: one with a clumping growth pattern (shown above), and one which immediately spreads widely by long underground stolons, without clumping. Interestingly, I have one of each type and in their own way each is doing well. The spreading form in fact is spreading out of the flower bed,taking a right turn around a Japanese maple and heading off into the woods. It just might after all may have designs on the lawn.

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You know I am filled with awe whenever I visit your blog at the plants you have in your garden
And if it heads into your lawn, you'll have another tale to tell. :-) (Hello from Michigan!)
Dropping by to let you know that I mentioned your blog today on my blog, though it's hard to explain what the "mention" involves. The relevant post is this one.
Karen... the scary thing is, in the 3 1/2 years I've had this blog, I've probably shown 10% of the plants in the garden.

Shady... it's safe to come back to Iowa; it's finally cooled off.

MS... That site is cool; it keeps changing, and right after the picture of this blog that you showed, it went to what looked like an impressionistic ladyslipper orchid.

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