Tuesday, September 30, 2014

End of Month Views September 2014

A few cool, cloudy days with some rain and today a mist leaves the garden verdantly awaiting fall.

Come with me for a quick walk through the gardens, starting near the house.

Brugmansias in a last hurrah.

Looking SW in front of the house across White Shrimp
Plant and red Pentas toward a bed of Lycoris radiata.

 Imagine that you walked down the south drive and across the lawn and looked back.

 Turn around and you look at Purples and Yellows:

From the Front Gardens we go up these rough steps to the Upper Garden. There are Angel Wing Begonias atop the dry stacked brick wall at right, Salvia leucantha coming into bloom beyond in front of rosemary and farther in, Lycoris radiata.

The Upper Garden has long paths. Stick House at left overlooks a field of 
Peanuts ready for harvest when the rain moves out.

Long paths through the Upper Garden end at the Oval Lawn on the east end.

Roses, Pentas and a late blooming Brug blooming in this bed.
Understory trees include Dogwood and Loropetalum.
Dogwoods have berries, Loropetalum has fall rebloom.

Two views of the Pole Garden on the upper side of
the Upper Garden. Summering tropical plants have
already left the their pole pedestals.

Field road through the north side of the Upper 
Garden which has a bottle tree and Tropical plants.

Thanks to Ronnie of Hurtled to 60 for the reminder that it was time to join Helen at a Patient Gardener for end of month views.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Newly Discovered Old Plants: Lespedeza and Evening Primrose

Every year I discover plants new to me growing in the wild. They've been somewhere nearby all the time; they just turn up in new places or I notice them in a different light.

I'm pretty sure I never saw Lespedeza virginica growing in the meadows before.

I might have missed the Lespedeza had I not gone across the meadow to look at this clump of Eupatorium. Then I was so excited to find Lespedeza I forgot to make more pics of the Eupatorium.

This is the only clump I saw in several acres of meadow.

Lespedeza, a legume.

The seeds are eaten by game birds, particularly Bobwhite Quail.

On the way out the gate, I saw Evening Primrose in the ditches on each side of the dirt road. I've seen these yellow flowers before but never paid much attention to them. Evening Primrose to me is the low growing pink flowers seen in the median of the four lane highways between here and T'ville, planted by the DOT.

A closer look showed a tall plant, lying on the 
ground. It was probably 5' tall.

Oenothera biennis, Evening Primrose

The heart shaped leaves belong to morning glory, sharing
the ditch.

There is another little primrose, Sundrops, that grows throughout the meadow.

You can read about various cultivars of the Oenothera tribe Here. 

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