Love the shots, Leftwood. And thanks for starting a new thread!
I had to leave my garden behind (divorce, as I posted in another thread), but I plan to move a few plants. I just noticed that the toad lilies I planted this summer are blooming. They're so delicate and pretty! I'll have to get a snapshot, and then steal them away to my new house.
I noticed the aster I planted this summer putting out little blooms, but it looks pitiful. I have no luck with asters or mums.
Never thought of toadlilies as being delicate. Intricate, yes, but the flowers always seemed rather sturdy to me.
I have never been married, so I can sympathize but not empathize. You do the best you can, and later I think you'll find certain things you thought were important then, aren't so important. --- A truism that hold for many aspects of life. I wish you wisdom.
Leftwood, that is very interesting hosta. I never seen anything like this :)
I had to move my Hakonechloe as it was not getting enough light with the oak streatching out a little more each year. I am losing sun in my herb corner :(
Hosta clausa 'Lady Finger' size is between medium and miniature.
Hosta clausa var. clausa (another that does not open its flowers) is a medium hosta. Flowers pictured below. The coloring is actually more irridescent than it shows, and a very attractive feature. However foliage looks similar to lancifolia. clausa var. clausa is VERY stoloniferous, sending out stolons 1-4 ft. Great for a ground cover area, but not for a flower garden. There is a H. clausa var. normalis whose flowers do open. I haven't seen that myself yet.
I love that shade of almost steal blue. Thank you for the educational note too. I garden predominantly in the shade and any color is very welcome there :) Right now I am trying to increase the variation of the folliage color there as not many things can take the kind of shade I have. I'll take some pictures tomorrow of my most successful spots :)
Leftwood -- What sort of conditions do you grow your corydalis in? I have a couple spots I'm considering it for. Ideally, I'd like to put it in my dry shade area (and it's pretty deep shade, beneath a maple). Otherwise, I have another shade area that gets quite a bit more moisture, and I could use it there, too. I really love the foliage and the long bloom time.
My C. ochroleuca grow in part shade, fairly moist soil. So I would think deep shade and dry soil or deep shade and moist soil should do fine. I would expect it to bloom less there, however, probably off and on throughout the season.
FYI, all species of corydalis are not cultured the same. The most common, C sempervirens, does take the same conditions as C. ochroleuca, and often seeds around to the point of invasiveness. Pretty much all the blue-purple forms you will find in the trade will fall into this category of culture (but not invasive). But there are many corydalis that grow corms, and live in drier, often hotter conditions and may go dormant as the season progresses. Most of these are not easily available in the nursery trade, but the one you might see is C. solida. In the wild it does grow in the aforementioned conditions, but adapts very well to our regular garden conditions. My C. solida plants emerge very early with the early crocus species, begin bloom within a week of emergence, flower for 2-3 weeks, and go dormant 2 weeks after. The corms look like round white marbles.
KaylyRed, I may be wrong but it looks like your toad lily has flower mottling similar to that
described in this article about an unknown toad lily virus. http://www.perennialnursery.com/tricyrtisvirus.html
I may be wrong but I'd check it and keep other toads away from it for a while.
How do you guys get such glorious asters? They hate me. I've never had one that didn't shrivel up and give up the ghost. The one planted in my old garden looks pathetic right now, although it bravely sent out a couple of flowers. It looks nothing like Al's monstrous and blooming plants.
KaylyRed, I am with you ;)
I see asters blooming everywhere right now and it seems that not all of them are getting
much attention, but I don't get more than a few flowers on a meager floppy plants. Maybe there's something in the soil they don't like.
Enya - My mom, who's a very novice gardener and wouldn't know a dahlia from a daylily, dragged me out to her garden last Sunday when the kids and I were over for dinner. She pointed out this enormous sprawling plant that must've been a good 3 1/2 feet wide and a couple feet tall...a massive clump covered in pink blooms so you could barely see the foliage. Now, my mom barely takes care of her garden. She never waters, never amends the soil, never fertilizes--ever! She showed me this huge gorgeous plant and said, "Honey, what is this? I don't remember planting it."
I shook my head sadly and said, "It's an aster, mom." :P
I like the pink mums :) Mine are all on the ground now :( They are newly planted
this year in late spring and were shaded by the milk weed most of the summer.
But they are the only color (white) that I have right now. I am thinking now that
I do need more mums, possibly compact, scattered in the garden for late fall.
As time goes on and I am watching MY garden I am learning to love plants I never
cared about before like daylilies, mums, sedums, rudebeckias, ...