Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Anemone 'Andrea Atkinson'

I bought this Japanese Anemone from Bluestone Perennials but the flower doesn't look much like theirs. Mine is a single petal flower which I don't mind at all and theirs looks to be double petaled but I wish they would label the plants correctly. Maybe it has to grow a bit and hopefully next year's flowers will be more robust and will resemble the one on their website eventually.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Goldenrod, Solidago canadensis

The goldenrods are starting to bloom and this wasp was busily collecting nectar. We mainly have the Canadian goldenrod growing wild here. Though the goldenrods are often unfairly blamed for hay fever, it is the ragweed that causes the allergic reaction. The goldenrod pollen is too sticky and heavy to be windblown. One year we actually bought a Solidago (I don't remember what species it was but probably not S. canadensis) and had a good laugh when we managed to kill it. Imagine killing what is essentially a beautiful weed.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Friday, September 7, 2007


This is a common Cyclamen (probably C. persicum) we bought from the grocery store last fall and is blooming again. We managed to keep it alive through the winter and planted it outside in the spring. This is the only one to survive out of several. It is frost tender so I'll have to pot it and bring it inside again for the winter.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Mystery plant, possibly of the nightshade family

This wild plant's flowers reminds me of a eggplant. I was it growing adjacent to a parking lot and I thought the flowers were rather pretty.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Yellow toadflax , butter and eggs or wild snapdragons (Linaria vulgaris)

A pretty but unfortunately an invasive plant. This was taken in the late afternoon near a parking lot.