Anyone grow these? Is there a secret? I've had a couple for several years. Foliage shows up the the spring... and that's about it. I see several garden catalogs rave about them, but they do nothing in my yard. They're in with the hosta (which do really well in my yard.)
I've tried numerous times to grow these things over the years, bordersandjacks, with no luck. Last year, I put a couple of them that I'd been carefully "nursing" for years out in the woods with NO TLC. No drip, no fertilizer, no attention, no nothing. Just left them there to die. But they didn't die...they bloomed for the first time. And were GORGEOUS! I think this is a perverse genus that loves abuse...
B&J...Do I have any choice? Of course I'll be there! But for the first time ever, I'll be where I want to be...in "Members Favorites", instead of "under the tent" posing as a plant expert... Please look for me and introduce yourself! It's how I finally met Ardesia...
Stono- I have just joined CHS at the urging from 2 lovely gals I know from the Charleston Historic Society. I garden rodent for them every year. If I hadn't seen postings from you I would never have known about it. It was suggested that I be a" go where I'm needed person" to get to know things this year. Paid my membership last week but have heard nothing from them- guess I'll have to call today. Send me your name so I know who to look for. Susan
Mine are all in bloom -- I thought all yellow but there is a white in there. I will take a photo tomorrow. Planted in a corner of the house under a small japanese maple... shady and wetter than the rest of the planting area. North east facing.
I have now been "upgraded" to helping people select plants at plantasia. Please look for me. I would love to meet all of you. I'll be the one trying to look like I know what I'm doing. See you there. Susan
here's the photo -- I could have done better but got a tad skittish with creeping about in the yard. After this photo, I will show you why. The first photo is the bed that we just now started. The corner with the japanese maple and the epimediums was there originally before we widened the bed.
the second photo is a close up.. one plant has a white bloom -- I thought I planted all the same.
The third is the reason for my hesitation for going into the garden today. My hand was right where this fella was --only 20 minutes before. He slithered out from a gutter.
I hope I can get these photos loaded. DG is very slow to load tonight.
LMAO! "Garden Rodent"...I love it! Just finished being a rodent for the HCF last week, but this time I lucked out. Had a beautiful garden on Gibbes St. Really well done, and NOT designed by Loutrelle Briggs...homeowners did most of it themselves. It was the best one I've done down there! They used every square inch available to maximize the setting, and did an incredible job. Just a magnicent garden that reflects and enhances the beauty of the house (which, of course, was mind-boggling). That connection between HCF/ CHS seems to work fairly well...CHS has the rodents available when needed by the HCF, and friends can't say "no" to friends. HCF doesn't really "approve" of me though...(I refuse to wear a tie in a garden). And I'll only wear a sports jacket until it gets uncomfortable, then it's coming off (fortunately, that rarely happens!). It's been fun.
Missingrosie- looks like a big ole black snake. Used to get huge ones where we lived before- they really won't hurt you. Here in Charleston just get garden snakes.
Stono- know what you mean about Loutrell Brigg- his gardens all look the same. Sorry you have to wear a tie and jacket. I dress nice and wear a hat but at least I can dress cool. Considering how many people don't show I'd think they'd be happy however you are dressed.
I was on my way to the chicken coop last night and I was dumb enough to think, "Huh, haven't seen any snakes yet this year." Yes, I know, I asked for it. Apparently our pump house has gone condo. Sigh.
Rednyr- do not remind me! We lived her for 7 years alligator free, then last year two alligators within one week in June. I work for the local school district and last week I got calls from 15% of the schools regarding alligators on campus!
Missingrosie- they're yellow rat snakes, also known as chicken snakes. They LOVE to eat the eggs.
They don't eat the chickens? Only snake I've ever killed was a huge black snake that got into my youngest sons coop. I know they have to eat but figured if it got in once it would be back with all its friends for a picnic.