Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Wish list

The image “http://www.seedsavers.org/images/472.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Castor Bean Gibsonii, Red Castor Bean plant
The image “http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d128/dessibri/Views/Patio/DSC02260.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. see it here in a real garden?? Fantastic!!

The image “http://www.regannursery.com/resources/leda/110602/donjuan.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.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!

The image “http://www.robsplants.com/images/portrait/TalinumPaniculatum040723.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.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.
The image “http://www.robsplants.com/images/portrait/TalinumPaniculatum040715.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.here it is in a garden. Looks a lot like lettuce with antennae!

The image “http://www.stratsplace.com/gardenpics/verbena_may98.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Verbena bonariensis. Really easy to grow, invasive. Beautiful, attracts loads of bees and butterflies!! Don't plant near the door!!

http://www.math.uiuc.edu/~dan/pictures/1/spiderwort.jpgprarie spiderwort. Ugly name, pretty flower!
This is back in Memphis, too....

http://www.english-country-garden.com/a/i/flowers/peony-1.jpgThis 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...The image “http://www.mooseyscountrygarden.com/foliage-plants/peony-flax-foliage.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.
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!!


  1. You are sure right about PEE-OH-KNEES (LOL, I like that,too). I actually call them pee-ah-knees, but anyway, I waited well over 10 years before mine ever bloomed.

    I like that caster bean. I don't have any of those plants you mentioned, except for the spiderwort. I have a love it/hate it relationship with that one. This year was more on the "hate it" end and I removed tons of it. I still have plenty left though. Next year I might love it again. :)

    It sounds to me like you are being taken advantage of in the school volunteer department. It always happens that way. When they find someone willing to donate their time and energy, they wear you right out. Just say, "NO" a few times.

  2. I had spiderwort at my last house, left by the previous owned and I miss it. Mine had pink blooms and I haven't found it here. I plan to make the hundred mile drive in the spring and ask (beg) the new owners if I can dig up a small clump.

    I'd never heard of a castor bean plant until Kerri put pictures of it up on her blog. I'd like to try it next year.

    I dug and split one of my Mom's peonies and one of the three plants did bloom the second year so I guess I got lucky.

    As a newbie I love the information I get at the garden club plus the FREE PLANTS! Everyone is always willing to dig you up "just a bit" to get you started. Try this link:

  3. Apple, I had never heard of it, either, but it was one of those I had to have once I saw it!!

    Zoey: I am never going to see a peony bloom...!


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