Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Tropical Garden

When you live in Iowa, you are 'pushing the zone' even having a flower garden; it's too hot, too cold, too dry, too flat, too something. More often than not if you get too frisky you end up with a label and a bare spot, but there are some surprises: this is Asarum maximum, the Chinese panda faced ginger. I bought it one spring as a pot plant for the greenhouse, but decided to plant in the garden and repot it in the fall. I, of course forgot it, and to my surprise it survived... it hasn't thrived, but it's persisted in the garden with no protection for four years. it's rated Z7-10. Posted by Hello

A Walk In The Garden Today

Azalea, 'White Lights'. Posted by Hello

Dodecatheon jefferyi (shooting star). Posted by Hello

Japanese maple, 'Katsura'. Posted by Hello

Lilac 'Sensation'. Posted by Hello

Friday, April 29, 2005

A Walk In The Garden Today

I had earlier talked about Azalea 'Pale Lilac'. Perhaps this picture captures it a little better, and below showing it with foliage in the background. Posted by Hello

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I had earlier showed Arisaema urashima; this picture better shows the long proboscis (rat-tail). Posted by Hello

Lilac. Posted by Hello

Tiarella, iris, and Dicentra 'Gold Heart'. Posted by Hello

Small, furry friends. Posted by Hello

Primula sieboldii. Posted by Hello

Primula frondosa. Posted by Hello

Daffodil with rhododendron foliage. Posted by Hello

Primula 'Rosetta Red'. Posted by Hello

Primula 'Sunshine'. Posted by Hello

Primula 'Paragon'. Posted by Hello

Hosta and bluebells. Posted by Hello

Flowering crab and blue spruce. Posted by Hello

Heuchera 'Silver Scrolls'. Posted by Hello

Epimedium. Posted by Hello

Hosta 'Invincible'. Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Hissy Fit

I like, on evening walks, to amble down the hill to the pond, to see what's going on there, but a pair of Canadian geese are nesting there and start honking like crazy and flapping their wings; hopefully they get their family raised before we decide to put the canoe in the pond! Of course the birds around here are all atwitter about the discovery of the Ivory Billed Woodpeckers in Arkansas. Our woodpecker menagerie here isn't bad: yellow-shafted flicker, red bellied, red headed, hairy, pileated, and downy. I leave the dead trees standing for them, though not too long ago I was out on the deck and a dead tree across the ravine came crashing down, and rolled down hill with a roar. In my backpacking days we called them widowmakers. Posted by Hello

A Walk In The Garden Today

Trillium luteum. Posted by Hello

Worm's eye view. Posted by Hello

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