Somehow it is looking like August out there, I think in part due to the roadside weeds that are at least a foot taller now than they usually are in July, undoubtedly due to the rain.
Diamond Tiaras, that is. I bought this hosta for the foliage, but I find myself beguiled by its flowers. The curly pistals add a certain something. These are not fragrant flowers, unlike the only other hosta variety I have, which blooms later in the summer.
The prairie rose, Rosa setigera, is a native that dodges budworms by budding up after the budworms have hatched and are munching on nonnative ornamental roses.
This year it stayed chilly well into May, delaying both budworms and rosebuds. The prairie rose made the most of our unusually wet weather by putting out several new canes. It seems to be quite happy in a high spot in the rain garden on the east side of the house, where there is plenty of morning and early afternoon sun. Continue reading “Prairie Rose’s Show Is Brief but Lovely”
Echinacea purpurea is a composite like many others—they are literally a composite of different types of flowers. They are very interesting to watch daily as they change.
The 5-foot tall plants are covered with flower buds and just starting to bloom.
As an experiment, I put Michigan lilies in my rain garden, under the redbud. They settled in nicely, but haven’t bloomed until now.
The lilies started opening yesterday, but the remaining buds are still dancing in the breeze.
My Indian pinks bloom nicely every year, but they do not seem to spread, and they come up awfully late, leaving a bare spot near the Dutchman’s breeches in early spring.
Indian pinks emerge about the time that the Dutchman’s breeches start going dormant, so essentially, the bare spot moves over. The answer to this traveling bare spot has been staring me in the face the whole time. Continue reading “Companions for the Dutchman’s Breeches”