Ptilotus Exaltus ‘Joey’

12 07 2017

Here’s a shot I got at the rock garden at Green Spring Gardens. Is this not the cutest little plant? It looks like hundreds of little hot pink lipsticks. Each spike is only about 3-4″ tall. It’s a drought tolerant and heat resistant plant from Australia. It’s called Mulla Mulla or Joey Lamb’s Tail (Ptilotus Exaltus ‘Joey’) How’s that for a name?

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iPhoneography: Green Spring Gardens

9 04 2016

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. iPhone 6s / Snapseed

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iPhoneography at Green Spring Gardens

2 05 2015

Although I shot nearly 500 photos with my Nikon D800 in about two hours at Green Spring Gardens this morning, I also shot a couple dozen with my iPhone 6 and processed them on the spot with Snapseed2. The two members of my “photo posse” below are my intern, Andrew Savino, and my friend and frequent photography partner, Michael Powell. You can view Andrew’s portfolio here and Michael’s blog here.

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White Rain Lily (Zephyranthes candida)

10 06 2013

White Rain Lily (Zephyranthes candida), growing in the rock garden at Green Spring Gardens; also known as White Fairy Lily or White Zephyr Lily

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Yellow Columbine blooms

19 05 2013

Columbine blooms (Aquilegia sp.), photographed against small evergreen trees in the rock garden at Green Spring Gardens

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Stonecrop sedum ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’

15 05 2013

Stonecrop sedum floriferum ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’, photographed in the rock garden at Green Spring Gardens

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Columbine blooms

15 05 2013

Columbine blooms (Aquilegia sp.), photographed in the rock garden at Green Spring Gardens

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Jones’ Bluestar

6 05 2013

Jones’ Bluestar (Amsonia jonesii Woodson), member of the Dogbane family; also known as Colorado Desert Blue Star; deciduous foliage, deer resistant perennial, flowers in spring and summer; photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata) at Green Spring Gardens

19 04 2013

I photographed several varieties of Creeping Phlox at Green Spring Gardens this afternoon. The rock garden in front of the Horticulture Center is ablaze in the colors of spring. The pink and white striped flowers are a Creeping Phlox called ‘Candy Stripe’ and were mixed in with white and solid pink blooms to create this pretty gradated effect.

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Re-post: Spring starflowers

25 03 2012

Originally posted 3.31.2009

These star-shaped, pale blue flowers with grass-like foliage are Spring starflowers (Ipheion uniflorum). This perennial is grown from bulbs and blooms in mid-spring for 3-5 weeks. Originating from Argentina and Uruguay, this plant naturalizes very swiftly, spreading by self-seeding and from bulb offsets. Often used in rock gardens and woodland gardens, they grow just 4-5 inches tall, and are perennials in Zones 6 to 7 (with mulching to protect from frost) and in Zones 8 to 9 without mulching. They can be grown in full sun to part shade, require medium watering, are low maintenance, and tolerate a wide range of soil types. They are blooming at Green Spring Gardens now.

I photographed these tiny blue flowers last year in mid-April at Green Spring Gardens. See how they look en masse here.

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Caressed by the sun

19 03 2012

A mass of Spring starflower (Ipheion uniflorum), photographed in the afternoon sunlight at Green Spring Gardens. A member of the Lily family, Spring starflower is a perennial that spreads 6-12 inches and thrives in zones 5+. Blooming in late winter or early spring in full sun to part shade, the flower color ranges from pale blue to white, depending on the amount of sun and other conditions. Good for rock gardens, beds, woodland gardens, borders and naturalizing; hardy and drought resistant

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Flower power

6 05 2009

Unidentified succulent or sedum ground cover in the beautiful rock garden at Green Spring Gardens…once I figure out what this plant is, I’m squeezing it into my garden!

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