Aconite has cool names, like wolf’s bane. Aconite has a cool flower when you see it in the flower catalog, but aconite is disappointing to grow, blooming late in the season (now) sending up tall unbranched bloom stalks that tend to fall over due to the weight. It’s still an interesting plant, which deserves it’s place in the haunted garden. Happy Halloween.
Dog fennel is a tall bulky weed, an indicator of poor soil, but it does actually taste like fennel and I’ve eaten small amounts of it in salads. Pollinator
snow on the green leaves →
My heart goes out to everybody in the northeast. Terrible weather, I’m ready for Spring, Do we have to go through winter?
Blackeyed susans (rudbeckia sp.) still blooming! Dune sunflower (Helianthus debilis) also still blooming.
Yellow Daisy Mums
Green Leafies! Nom nom, collards!
I’m having a bit of a time discovering a name for these. I’ve found websites that call these “swamp sunflowers” and they clearly are not. The center ‘eye’ is much lighter, and there’s those stolons… I’m kinda leaning toward Helianthus giganteus… but, no mention of stolons. Searching stoloniferous sunflowers yields helianthus...
Ageratina altissima An attractive if poisonous native wildflower.
small due to the prolonged drought. Tithonia is a self-sowing annual here in zone 8.
Food day →
Everybody eats. Anybody have plans? Here in Macon Ga, there are 3 events scheduled. I plant to watch the film…
I really like these, but I can’t seem to find an id. I found an id after posting repeatedly on sites that have threads dedicated to naming your plant. ‘Summer’s farewell’ (Dalea pinnata).
Every gardener needs a source of this stuff. Do you know the definition of optimist? A little girl that finds a big pile of poop, and gets excited, obviously there’s a horse here, someplace!
Trichostema dichotomum Blue curls needs someone to do some work on increasing the size of the flowers. These are pretty, but difficult to photograph. A self-sowing annual that never becomes weedy.
Helianthus angustifolius There’s a lot less of these alongside the roads than there used to be just a few years ago. There is a lot of unnecessary mowing going on, laying waste to the pretty wildflowers, leaving us with unexciting turf to look at… Our tax dollars at work…
The bloom color on this salvia is so pretty, I wish it was easier to grow.
Ipomoea alba There are several flowers called “moonflower”, is why it’s important to include the botanical name along with the common name, so that fellow gardeners know specifically which plant is under discussion. This moonflower is in the morning glory family, but unlike the rest of the family, it opens at dusk… a great flower for the evening garden, along with...
Closely related to florists cyclamen, this one grows in the shade garden. They say to plant the bulbs, and then never disturb hardy cyclamen. I had lot’s of babies come up everywhere in one of my gardens, in my other gardens babies are as rare as hen’s teeth.
Crotalaria spectabilis a very pretty self-sowing annual In researching the crotalarias, I came across sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea), which seems to be the next big thing for getting sandy soils to produce. Clover dies in my garden, the sand is too dry… maybe this crotalaria will help.
Wild morning glory and pokeweed berries
pretty, but not necessarily a good thing in the garden.
I found this item growing in the woods a coupla years ago, and it looked interesting enough to move from the woodland to the garden. Apparently also goes by the name southren horsebalm close-up of the bloom. After google searching this collinsia, I smelled the flowers, and yup… smell like anise.
Panicum virgatum covered in dew. Looks like a big spider web, or like a patch of frost or something… this native grass is pretty and I permit large swaths to grow in the vegetable garden. Here’s a pic of switch grass sans dew.
Hawk moth and salvia
Caught at first light, visiting the salvia microphylla. Another tersa, this guy uses buttonweed as a host plant when he’s a hornworm, tomato worm looking caterpillar. I caught one of these as a caterpillar last summer, and while he eventually crawled down off the plant into the sand, to make a cocoon, he never made the transtition into a moth.
Wrapped around a goldenrod, in my yard. These r kewl wildflowers…
While a common offering at the bedding plant display, torenia made the transition to being a self-sowing annual, without over-running the flower bed the way that impatiens seem to.
The Brugs r bloomin agin!
Give a little rain, and get these huge blooms! Didn’t get much height this year due to the lengthy drought, but there’s been blooms anyway.
Chrysopsis Chrysopsis gossypina or cottony goldenaster blooming in spite of the dry sand, desert conditions.
This is the perennial native that blooms in the Autumn. The pastel blue is a show stopper. This plant is a spreader, and can take over if we’re not vigilant.
Lookit the Vienna sausage plant… I know there’s a weenie in here…
Buckwheat cakes will make you fat, or a little fatter, but wild buckwheat will cover everything in the garden. This stuff is as aggressive as morning glories and bindweed.
I had a big patch of this in the sand hill garden that I pulled when it spread too fast, stolons made it unsuitable to the garden. I was surprised that I eradicated it, I have a couple of patches of wood sunflower (in the same garden) that I’ve been pulling for a number of years, and it keeps returning…
Monarda punctata again… I posted a single bloom here.
Agalinis Is a very pretty native flower with a lot to recommend it for any meadow garden. Unfortunately, it looks like a weed for most of the year, and may get exterminated from a meadow garden that’s over manicured. Host plant to the buckeye butterfly, I’ve attempted re-introduction to those gardens where it had been eradicated… Without success, it doesn’t transplant,...