In bloom today at Green Spring Gardens

1 07 2010

We’ve had two days of strangely cool weather here in Northern Virginia—which were preceded by a long row of 90+ degree days! It actually feels like spring today (and it’s July—unheard of!), so I got out for an hour to shoot at my favorite local garden (and donate 40+ gardening books to their library while there—don’t feel sorry for me, though, the loss hardly made a dent in my stash—I’m almost embarrassed to say).

I’ll concisely identify the plants below later, but I think that #1 is an allium—possibly Allium stellatum x nutans or something similiar (located in the lovely rock garden at the visitor center circle driveway), #2 is on the tip of my tongue (please stand by), #3 is a Ptilotus exaltatus ‘Joey’ or Pink Pussy Tail (also in the rock garden and a plant that I’ve not seen before today), #4 is one of my (and the bees) favorites—Purple Coneflower (Echinacea), and #5 is a type of Clematis. I’ll be diligent and get back to you with exact identification on the questionable ones.

The imaginative gardeners at Green Spring Gardens have added a new feature to the gardens near the visitor’s center—a wonderful summer-sky-blue stucco-textured wall atop a brick raised bed. They’ve mounted several “living sculpture” framed boxes filled with various succulents on the wall and the raised bed contains other desert-loving plants. It looks very southwest inspired and adds a great pop of color to that area of the garden. I’ll get photos of the blue wall feature on my next jaunt. The garden was buzzing with both bees and people—artists from a local art club set up to paint, joggers and walkers were out in full force, kids on tricycles circled round, and a group of kids on a field trip flooded the garden. Enjoy this most unusual weather while you can, folks—it won’t last long!

ID UPDATE: I’m pretty confident that the top photo is a Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum). These plants prefer sun to part sun, thrive in average well-drained soil, and are drought tolerant. They self-sow aggressively and need deadheading to prevent them from doing so. Deer resistant and hummingbird friendly! I had so much fun photographing these plants that I’m going to try to add a few to my own garden next year.

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5 responses

1 07 2010
absurdoldbird

Wowzell, Cindy! You’ve excelled yourself here! Best of all, I love the first and the third down, The first certainly does look like an Allium – perhaps a sniff would have confirmed that?

The third one down looks like it has little lipsticks with hairy sides!! And it reminds me of an Edward Lear ‘nonsense botany’ drawing!
🙂
Val

2 07 2010
thekingoftexas

I recognized that Ptilotus exaltatus the instant it came into view as I scrolled down. I mean, like, you know, that’s a disgustingly common plant here in Texas, one that we mow down by the zillions every spring, praying that they not come up the next year but they always do—bummer!

I’m kidding, of course. I’ve never seen anything so lovely—it must have taken an entire squadron of flying flower fairies to insert and paint all those pink thingies with all those white stickers on ’em.

As Beverly Oveson would say, “AB-so-lut-ley gorgeous!!

2 07 2010
Mary Ellen Ryall

Cindy, in all my travels I have never seen this gorgeous beauty re: #3 is a Ptilotus exaltatus ‘Joey’ or Pink Pussy Tail. Stunning and unique in the world of flowers. Thanks for showing me something new. I love new plant discoveries.

3 07 2010
suzannetakesyouup

I’m so glad I came visiting! What a fantastic treat for the eyes 🙂 Beautiful flowers and beautiful photography.

3 12 2010
Jeanette Eisler

Very clear web site, thank you for this post.

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