Three, Just for Pretty

Here are a few just-for-pretty pictures, all taken in a minute or so, all within twenty-five feet of the door of the house.

Farthest from the door is a pink brugmansia, with nine blossoms all-at-one-time. The plant got so bloom-heavy on one side that it kept falling down. Repotting rebalanced the plant. After this flush of bloom we’ll prune for better balance.

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After we prune there will be pieces of cut stem, which are easy to root. We have enough plants already. Anyone want a cutting?

We have battalions of brugmansia.

We also have flocks of phlox.

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Phlox. Phlox is a bit undisciplined, when in a bouquet it shamelessly sheds spent flowers. Many varieties (like ours) are susceptible to mildew in the late season. Real gardeners rip out the susceptible types and replace them with with resistant sorts. We don’t, because we’re lazy. Until we’re less lazy, we’ll keep what we’ve got.  The color is nice, and their nectar attracts hummingbirds and sphinx moths.

Happily ablaze at the edge of a rock retaining wall is a butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa. A morning bumblebee (Bombus species) feeds on the flowers. Monarch butterflies will lay their eggs on the leaves, so by having this plant we’re doing our part to encourage a threatened species. This spring we grew a flat of swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata. In the next week or so we’ll be transplanting them around the place.

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“Bombus and Asclepias”:  doesn’t that sound like some old greek or roman myth?

Speaking of monarchs, one has been hanging out in our zinnia patch. I don’t have a photo yet, but one of these days I’ll get one.

Stay tuned.

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