see it here in a real garden?? Fantastic!!
Climbing Don Juan. This rose covered an antique trellis Jeff bought me. We left it in Memphis. The roses smelled wonderful and the vine was well behaved, for a rose!
Jewels of Opar. How fabulous is that name??!! The plant looks kinda weird, but it has special meaning for me. I left that one, too, in Memphis.
here it is in a garden. Looks a lot like lettuce with antennae!
Verbena bonariensis. Really easy to grow, invasive. Beautiful, attracts loads of bees and butterflies!! Don't plant near the door!!
prarie spiderwort. Ugly name, pretty flower!
This is back in Memphis, too....
This is a peony. So many gardens have peonies. The folks in the south call them PEE-OH-KNEES. I like that! I have never had a peony bloom in any garden. I have been given peonies and planted them, but they really hate being transplanted and they sulk for two or three years without a bloom. And, by that time, we were moved. Last year, I waited for three plants to come up. It was there third year. I was really excited about the fabulous heavy perfumed blooms that I would have in the kitchen. Then, we lost our job. I have planted peonies in every garden I have ever had, but never seen one bloom. RATS!!
I even bought a peony plant with a bud on it, ready to open! I rushed it home, dug it's new hole, placed it in, and what happened? The next morning, a straight line wind storm took the flower bud off.
In the north, I see entire front yards lined with PEE-AH-NEES. I often think, I would love to show up with a shovel and ask for a clump. Why would they care? They have miles of them!!
If you have such a beautiful plant, don't take it for granted! There are gardeners who have never had the luxury of staying in one place and nurturing a peony from spring to it's coppery autumn finish...I think I will take the dogs to the park at the end of the block. (I am taking a shovel in the truck, just in case I find an unsuspecting peony!!)
Have a great day!!