Friday, January 30, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I looked at him for 4 seasons. I smelled him, I touched him, I admired him. I showed him to my girlfriends and they got jealous. I was amazed by his reproductive abilities. I did nothing special for him, but he returned every summer to my garden, and not alone - with hundreds friends. I didn't know his name (see previous post). I know now, thanks to fellow blotanists. Karrita, Cameron, Tina helped me in my search for his identity.
Other names: None-so-Pretty, Catchfly.
Height: Up to 2 ft.
Flower Color: Brilliant magenta, pink.
Plant Type: Annual. Grows quickly, blooms heavily. Regrows next spring if seeds fall on bare ground.
It feels good to find an answer. And it is somehow ... sad. I enjoyed looking through the books, web sites, comparing pictures, guessing. I found an answer and lost a mystery. I think I need to find another one. This time it could be in my garage. Another stranger. I knew its name, but forgot it. It's huge and very particular. I killed it once, but it survived. Well, it is a different story.
Silene armeria, commonly known as the Sweet William Catchfly, is a plant of the family Caryophyllaceae. Originally a native of Europe, it has become widespread in the USA. A small-growing form is known as Dwarf Catchfly. The name comes from the way in which small insects are trapped by the sticky sap exuded onto the stem. However it is not currently regarded as a carnivorous plant, though it has been identified as a carnivorous plant in the past.
Williams, Amy. (1913). Carnivorous plants of Ohio. The Ohio Naturalist, 13(5): 97-99.
I have this misterious plant in my perennial garden. First year, after we moved here from Midwest, I took all the seed packages I had and spread the seeds around. I think everyone has such packages received from relatives, friends, from catalogues, garden shows, etc. I had a bunch of them, some were already expired. I said my usual: If you want to live, you'll survive! Sure enough, next spring I got several survivors. This one, on the picture, looks like an annual, selfseeds, and goes strong already for 5 years without my help.
There are thousands of them and they create beautiful bright pink wave in the corner of the garden.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Yes, some leaves and branches got black, but plants survived!
Monday, January 19, 2009
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Ligustrum got hit by the snow falling from the roof when temperature went up. It was a foot of snow! I am not going to remove it right away. I'll give it a chance: straighten it up, cut broken branches and see if it survives. (Ligustrum Amur Privet, Ligustrum japonicum).
Cordyline couldn't stand such a low temperature. I am wondering if it could give a new growth from the top?!
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I read somewhere that parsley is one of the most wonderful plants in the world.
Reported health benefites:
to eat parsley raw for preservation of the food value.
Click on me! How many things one picture was able to catch! A foot of fluffy, clean, soft snow; a pot covered by snow on the table that is covered by snow; a palm tree with icicles on its leaves, a lacy gazibo; a hedge that is almost as high as a layer of snow on it; fur trees' reflection in the window; a rose bloom with a snow hat; a doggy that went nuts from being happy!
This picture, above, is one of my favorites.
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