And thank you, Ken Moore!

17 05 2010

After reading Ken Moore’s article about Spiderworts (see previous posting), I came across the identity of those tiny striped flowers from Karen’s garden. The plant is a Speedwell. Thank you, Mr. Moore!

Here is the original posting and photo below:

Karen and I both bought this plant at Merrifield Garden Center several years ago, but neither of us remember what it is! The petals are really unusual—all the petals have stripes on them, but they seem to graduate to one intensely colored petal where the stripes appear to thicken. The blooms are quite tiny—barely 1/2″ in diameter. Identity unknown—anyone?

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Spiderwort

17 05 2010

Spiderwort, photographed at Green Spring Gardens. Learn more about this unusual flower in a great article here by Ken Moore, author of the column, Flora, published in The Carrboro Citizen, a weekly newspaper in Carrborro, North Carolina.

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Papaver Orientale ‘Turkenlouis’

16 05 2010

These fiery orange-red fringed poppy flowers, a Papaver hybrid, bloom in May and June on 30-36 inch tall stems and prefer full sun. The crepe-paper-like blooms measure 4-6 inches across and have a velvety black seed capsule in the center surrounded by dark purple stamens. Photographed at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, Virginia

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More blooms at Green Spring Gardens

16 05 2010

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In bloom today at Green Spring Gardens

16 05 2010

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WOW! Behind the scenes of the PBS film, Hummingbirds

14 05 2010




Blooming in my garden: White Spiderwort

13 05 2010

White Spiderwort (Tradescantia x andersononia ‘Alba’). Insect identity unknown (actually, he looks suspiciously like a tick, but it could be a spider or a mite—your guess is as good as mine—this one was red with a black splotch on its back, and quite tiny). Two of them shimmied down the vertical leaf and onto the flower just as I was focusing on the stamens. 

Spiderworts are very easy to grow—adapting to many types of soil (but preferring moist and well-drained) and tolerating full sun to full shade (can’t say that about many plants). I bought this plant at the annual Green Spring Gardens plant sale last year—and I plan on being there this Saturday for this year’s event! 

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