8 Jun 2011

The Garden After Dark

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I have a feeling this is Arisaema draconitum, with its somewhat shredded foliage getting ready to unfurl itself, but one can never be certain. I thought this is where I planted my Pinellia last year after all! Markers? Who needs ‘em! Me, obviously!

DSC_0596One of the most difficult ferns to photograph, Athyrium Dre’s Daggars is a wonderful mass of three dimensional beauty with its forked pinnae along the length of the fronds! 

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Every year I tell myself that I am going to remove Baptisia ‘Twilite Prairieblues’ and yet it remains, getting larger with each passing year! This year I have counted no less than 75 flowering spikes. I still find its colouration to be rather insipid – a washed out muddy purple. I am anxious to see how B. ‘Midnite Prairieblues’ and B. ‘Starlite Prairieblues’ fare for me.  Both of these are supposedly more vibrant in their colour saturation.

DSC_0582 Clematis recta ‘Purpurea’ does live up to its name where its deep purple near black foliage is concerned. Of course this is only on its newly emergent growth. It has grown leaps and bounds for me this year and has quickly overtaken the obelisk I provided it with for additional support. Members of this species are said to be heavy leaners!

DSC_0591  And today there are five! Princess Reginae and her retinue are in town as part of the Royal Tour. There is one plant that is definitely going to bloom in the next week or so….. I hope the rest of them will follow suit in a timely fashion that will allow the parade to continue for weeks on end! Do I ask too much as a parent?

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1 comment:

Grace said...

Great photos, Barry. I especially love the Maidenhair fern.