Saturday, May 30, 2020

Walk In The Garden With Me

I'm taking a walk in the native plant garden.  I would love to take you with me.  Please stay on the path and don't be afraid to ask any questions you may have.  I may or may not have the answers.  This is a Greater Yellow Lady'slipper.  Back again this year, this plant should not be missed!  It actually had four buds, but one day a flower drooped and the next day it was gone.  Three flowers are still terrific!

 If I remember correctly, the wild ginger was planted here first.  Ed planted the stump last year.  This year the black cohosh that Jane gave me so long ago was transplanted right behind the stump.  The rock polypody is new.  The little flowers are a  baby woodland phlox that grew from a piece that I stuck in Ed's carefully prepared soil early this spring.

The gorgeous original  clump woodland phlox  is back again this spring.  The pale blue flowers make a lovely companion for the smooth Solomon's seal.  In the evening the flowers seem to glow and the clump can be seen from the road if you slow down  to look at gardens like I do.

The early meadow rue plants are here for their second year and I am delighted to have proof that  just like I thought I do have a male and a female plant.  A few leaves of the mother plant show in the lower right of the picture.  The tiny pale green seedlings are baby meadow rue plants.  We could never have too many of these delicate looking plants!  I will watch these grow and transplant them to fill in empty spots.

Red columbine  and white shooting stars were transplanted this spring from the shade garden up by the house.  Clearly they are happy in their new home.  Virtual garden walks are not as much fun as real ones.  On the other hand I can taake this walk again in December if I want to do that. So can you!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Incredible Beauty

Trillium is a flower from my youth.  Finding a huge patch of them while walking in the woods is an unforgettable experience.  This picture was posted eleven days ago when these plants first opened their flowers in our shade garden.

Now that the trees are unfurling their leaves, the time of the trillium is coming to an end for this season.  Those pure white blossoms are now pink.  Just how wonderful is that?  One must pay attention or risk missing this part of the show.  Withered brown totally spent flowers can also be seen in this picture.  Soon this will be bare ground with no trace of these native treasures as their short time in the sun becomes over.

This native Pinxter bush is just now opening its buds.  Most remain closed but the overall affect is sweet smelling pink.  Actually two bushes grow here.  Perhaps this will be the year when I find the courage to move the smaller plant.

Flowers seen from their side reveal the brazen presentation of the sexual parts.  Five rather long filaments have their pollen producing stamens waving in the wind.  The sixth longer filament will receive the pollen sending it to the base of the blossom where seeds will be produced.  When fertilization is complete, the withered remains of the flower will detach and slide down the limp pistil.  Despite the fact that this is only the second day when flowers have been open we did see the remains of a spent blossom.

After the post was written another visit intended to savor the sweetness of the open flowers revealed two winged pollinators.  A massive bumble bee was sampling the open flowers.  Despite the pollen laden stamens placement way beyond the open petals, the bee was working its way to the base of the blossoms.  Its backwards exit is likely the cause of the flower that was pulled away.  The second pollinator appeared similar to a bee but it was tiny.  This represents the first time that pollinators have been seen near these flowers.  I always assumed wind spread the pollen.  Must watch out for those assumptions.