Joe Pye Weed – Eutrochium purpureum – Different Foliage

  • Post published:08/27/2021
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Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) is not a weed! It is a native plant that tolerates some shade and blooms late in the summer. This year there has been so much rain that the Joe Pye Weed is not looking quite itself. Even so, it is continuing to flower and attracts bees, butterflies and provide seeds for overwintering birds. (more…)

Cardinal Flowers, Lobelia cardinalis, Makes a Great Show

  • Post published:08/22/2021
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Cardinal flowers, properly known as Lobelia cardinalis

One of the main reasons I planted Cardinal flowers is because they love water. My garden is very wet, and I have chosen these water-loving flowers that keep it colorful from July into September. These are growing five feet tall  and more. They are welcoming to butterflies and hummingbirds. (more…)

Mayapple – A Spring Ephemeral and Summer Poison

  • Post published:08/09/2021
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Mayapple early

Over the years I saw mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) growing around trees making a great ground cover. For several years I admired the large leaves but never saw any apples so the name mayapple seemed very odd. Even  so I planted a few on our hugel. They flourished. But I never saw a flower. Mayapples emerge from the ground in April. This photo was taken on April 26, 2020. (more…)

My Three Hydrangeas – Limelight, Angel’s Blush and Fire Light

  • Post published:08/04/2021
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Limelight panicle hydrangea

The Limelight panicle hydrangea was one of three very large hydrangeas we planted in our new garden six years ago. We planted them along our next door neighbor’s driveway. They provided us with a ‘friendly fence’, and gave her the view of beautiful flowers instead of the side of our house. (more…)