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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring flowers


I apologize for yesterday's weed post...

I'll post some of the ornamentals deliberately planted in the garden today...

It's always a joy to see the butterflies, these black swallowtails are all over the place, but won't hardly hold still long enough for a picture...



The columbines are as pretty as a picture...



And the bearded iris do very well in the sand... Wish I could say the same for the other iris...


This bladder campion showed up on it's own, and is supposed to be weedy from everything I've read, but I have to dig the plant up and tear pieces off like heuchera, to get additional plants... gotta 'preciate the campions with their grey fuzzy leaves...



This scullcap was growing in clay locally, but is doing well in the sand. There are several scutellarias, and in spite of visiting page after page of google images, I haven't quite narrowed this one down... I have a couple of other scullcaps growing, they'll be blooming within the month...

Edit: I did finally discover the name of this plant... It's a native blue salvia..... Salvia urticifolia ... nettle leaf sage.





These buckeyes are pretty cool, grown from buckeyes collected locally...

Buckeyes bloom in about 3 years from seed... The buckeye bush in GA is a shrub ...




Ok, one more weed picture... Chenopodium gigantica, magenta spreen...
When the other greens bolt and get bitter this "weed" keeps providing leafy goodness for the salad bowl and the cooking pot... I cooked up some evening primrose a couple of weeks ago as a change... those were interesting... the roots were like taters, and the leaves like fuzzy spinach... on the whole, I prefer the lambsquarter weed... And this one looks so pretty that it's not totally out of place in a flower bed...

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4 Comments:

Blogger oldwhitelady said...

The flowers look pretty and healthy. That magenta spreen is a neat little weed. So, you're saying it can be eaten raw? Can it also be cooked like lambs quarter?

April 20, 2011 at 9:53 PM  
Anonymous stone said...

According to wikipedia,
Chenopodium is a genus of about 150 species of perennial or annual herbaceous flowering plants known as the goosefoots, which occur almost anywhere in the world.
Near as I can tell, they are all lambs quarter.
Magenta spreen is a better tasting lambsquarter... that is also much prettier in the garden... While I also have chenopodium album, (the lambsquarter most people think of) plus several other chenopodiums, I try to pull them before they bloom, I prefer the one posted...

April 21, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Saurs said...

Love that you eat your chenopodium. When the babby spinach, micro-green whatevers, or rainbow chard look crap and are marked up, I sneak the tender bits of lamsbquarters in with the bigger greens for catering gigs. All the upperclass twits love it and have no idea they're eating "weeds." Great fun.

January 7, 2012 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Jasmene Rhem said...

Enjoy your site

February 5, 2015 at 9:04 PM  

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