Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Shade Garden Plus One
Fringed polygala is the pink flower that has had its spot in the shade garden invaded by other wildflowers. Tattered evergreen leaves turned purplish by winter's rigors belong to the polygala. Light bright green leaves mark the location of the invading Canada Mayflower. Trout lily's brown spots have lightened to grayish white on the darker pointed green leaves. Clover like three leaves belong to freely self seeding columbine. Careful weeding is scheduled when the polygala presents its new leaves. It is the chosen plant and this space belongs only to it.
The number of trillium bulbs we have purchased is shamefully large. Three new ones just arrived and they will be added nearby. We want a large display of this native treasure and persist in our efforts to have it here. They need several years to make themselves at home in our garden and patience on our part is necessary.
This clove currant grows near the shade garden. When it is in flower, the scent of cloves is carried on the wind for a great distance. Going about our work, we frequently walk into a sweet smelling drift of spicy air. This plant makes this time of year here pleasant beyond description.
Quaker ladies grow as an invasive lawn weed if conditions are to its liking. Abundant moisture seems to a requirement. Our several attempts to grow this plant in our dry soil always result in the plant's slow decline. This specimen self seeded in a crack at the top of the stone wall. Located on the outer edge of the garden it benefits from frequent supplemental watering.
This bleeding heart is an alien plant here. Native to another part of the world it is out of place in our wildflower garden. A longer time in flower and its compact size make this plant a winner.
Maidenhair fern is among Becky's favorites. Fallen trees in our woods have prevented us from visiting this plant in its natural surroundings here. This is another native plant that is slow to establish itself following transplanting. Fearing that it did not survive, we purchased it in two consecutive years. Both plantings eventually took hold and we now have easy access to this beautiful, delicate, lacy fern.
Jack in the pulpit is a must have because of its unusual structure. Late frosts have ended the flowering cycle in the past while the plant persists. Frost is forecast for tonight and covering buckets are now nearby. The red seed clusters are well worth seeing so we will try to keep the frost away from these plants. Wild or cultivated, alien or Native, plants these days need a little help from their friends to get through Mother Nature's mood swings!