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Beautiful Plants

 
 
littlek
 
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Reply Sat 17 Feb, 2007 10:48 pm
I like wierd plants and one of my favorite is the 'viagra lily' - the 3 feet tall Dracunculus vulgaris:
http://www.plantdelights.com/Catalog/Images/sld11940.jpg

But, more commonly, I like the following a lot. Remember, I live in the city where there is always too much shade for many plants.

Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa) http://www.herbsaleoakpark.com/images/japanese_forest_grass2.jpg

Toad Lily (tricyrtis) http://www.flowerpictures.net/gallery/fall/images/toadlily.jpg

Korean Spicebush (viburnum carlesii or burkwoodii) - it's over-planted, maybe, but it has a heavenly scent http://hortiauray.com/burkwoodii.jpg

Swamp Azalea, or Rhododendron viscosum (another good smelling bush)http://www.dred.state.nh.us/divisions/forestandlands/bureaus/naturalheritage/graphics/DSC_0099.jpg

Oh! And Itea Virginica - sweetspire
http://www.greenbeam.com/features/images/Iteavirginica2004.jpeg
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 17 Feb, 2007 11:02 pm
Uhoh..... more

Like itea, Clethra smells great, has flower spikes and blooms at a good time- when other stuff is not blooming.

I'm going to start hyperventilating - how long til spring?

Another plant which mimicks grass and can be grown in various amounts of shade is carex, this is carex tumulicola
http://www.plantsafari.com/Images350/Carex-tumulicola1.jpg

heucherella (a cross between heuchera and tiarella) and tiarella are also much adored by moi. Here's a heucherella (viking)
http://www.dungevalley.co.uk/Heucherella%20'Viking%20Ship'.jpg
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 17 Feb, 2007 11:08 pm
I can not get enough of epimediums. They are pint sized plants wich pack a punchand should be planted right up front where you can see them. They bloom after the bulbs, but before the full swing of bloomtime.

Epi leaves (about 1.5-2 inches at their widest)
http://www.dunngardens.org/spring/plant_images/epimedium_x_versicolor_sulphureum_je.jpg

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/groundcover/images/epimedium_sempervirens.jpg

One of the flower types
http://www.victoria-adventure.org/aquatic_plants/werner/moist_soil/epimedium_warleyense.jpg
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 17 Feb, 2007 11:17 pm
Ephemeral favorites. Or rather, favorite ephemerals.....

Trout lily
http://www.gardencenterofnewcanaan.org/albums/ephemerals/IMG0020.jpg

trillium
http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/images/veg/Southern_Mesic/Trillium_grandiflora_VK.jpg
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 17 Feb, 2007 11:35 pm
CalamityJane wrote:
Here are our California poppies

http://www.californiagardens.com/images/Eschscholzia-californica.jpg


here's what we call cali poppies - to me, much less red and much more orange

http://www.seasidemuseum.org/garden/california_poppies.jpg
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 03:21 am
Queen Anne's Lace (one of the few flowers I know):

http://www.gardenersnet.com/flower/pics/qal02.jpg
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jespah
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 07:53 am
Coleus: http://www.acresgroup.com/Images/Top%20Ten's/Top%20Ten%20Annuals/COLEUS.jpg Geraniums: http://www.acresgroup.com/Images/Top%20Ten's/Top%20Ten%20Annuals/geranium.jpg
Begonias: http://www.acresgroup.com/Images/Top%20Ten's/Top%20Ten%20Annuals/begoniascopy.jpg Impatiens: http://www.acresgroup.com/Images/Top%20Ten's/Top%20Ten%20Annuals/impatiens1.jpg
Petunias: http://www.acresgroup.com/Images/Top%20Ten's/Top%20Ten%20Annuals/petunias2.jpg Marigolds: http://www.acresgroup.com/Images/Top%20Ten's/Top%20Ten%20Annuals/marigold.jpg
Salvia: http://www.acresgroup.com/Images/Top%20Ten's/Top%20Ten%20Annuals/SalviaRedAnn.jpg
Verbena: http://www.acresgroup.com/Images/Top%20Ten's/Top%20Ten%20Annuals/verbena.jpg Vinca: http://www.acresgroup.com/Images/Top%20Ten's/Top%20Ten%20Annuals/vinca.gif
Ageratum: http://www.acresgroup.com/Images/Top%20Ten's/Top%20Ten%20Annuals/ageratum.jpg
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 09:13 am
Sunflowers:


[img]http://k43.pbase.com/u14/geminigeo/upload/4148282.CRW_0305sunflowerfieldweb.jpgoribi[/IMG]
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 09:56 am
Roberta wrote:
Queen Anne's Lace (one of the few flowers I know):

http://www.gardenersnet.com/flower/pics/qal02.jpg


once came across a recipe for queen anne's lace jelly

i love sedums

http://www.mooseyscountrygarden.com/perennial-plants/sedum-autumn-joy.jpg
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 10:07 am
http://www.robsplants.com/images/portrait/PulmonariaOfficinalis040422.jpg

Lungworts - great in a shade garden. Love those fuzzy spotted leaves when they start coming up through the leaf mold as the squills and crocus are finishing off - they look nice with the darker green violet leaves in the yard.

I guess I'm just a sucker for interesting leaves more than the flowers. Though the Mexican Hat plants I've got in the hot part of the backyard always make me smile.

http://www.tsflowers.com/ratibida.jpghttp://home.att.net/~larvalbugrex/mexhat.jpg



any plant that doesn't need to be watered is my friend
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 02:37 pm
A giant split leafed philodendron I once raised:
http://img454.imageshack.us/img454/6575/phylovk8.jpg
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 02:43 pm
A local favorite. A a wild orchid in New Hampshire.
http://www.richmond.edu/~jhayden/recent_travels_2005/douglas_state_forest/cypripedium_acaule_DOUGLAS-SF_04s.JPGhttp://www.stevenrotsch.com/Orchids%20HTML/_mg_0801%20two%20pink%20lady%27s%20slipper_std.jpg
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 03:56 pm
From Bali and Singapore.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/A2KSF022.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/Sept05BaliandSingapore085.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/Sept05BaliandSingapore175.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/Sept05BaliandSingapore319.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/Sept05BaliandSingapore260.jpg
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 04:09 pm
From Japan.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004108.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004315.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004337.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004381.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/JapanApril2004010.jpg
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 04:48 pm
Rosborne - those there are some of my favorite ephemerals - the pink lady slipper....... I tired of posting last nihgt and stopped short of posting them. Thanks for doing it!
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 05:06 pm
From Kuekenhof Gardens, Amsterdam.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/LondontoBerlinJune2005010.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/LondontoBerlinJune2005009.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/LondontoBerlinJune2005007.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/LondontoBerlinJune2005019.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/LondontoBerlinJune2005048.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 06:02 pm
Echium fastuosum, Pride of Madeira

http://perso.orange.fr/l-m/Photos/e-fastuosumG.jpg


Echium again, in a somewhat different color that I've not seen myself..

http://www.nnvesj.org/images/Pride_Madeira.jpg
source

I found another Echium, this time with rosy red flowers, but I didn't want to copy the photo because it has someone standing by the flower facing the camera. But it's neat, it was on an italian website, looks like a garden site.




Bougainvillea spectabilis -

http://www.plantes-ornementales.com/photos/b-spectabilis.jpg
source

Bouganvillea again, closer -

http://www.legambientearcipelagotoscano.it/biodiversita/flora/habitat/naturalizzate/bougainvillea%20spectabilis%20bougainvillea.jpg.JPG
source


Calliandra hematocephala (Pink powder puff)

http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/FloraData/1001/Images/Mimosaceae/Mimosaceae-Calliandra%20haematocephala-001.jpg
source; Location: Missouri Botanical Garden, Credit: Xiangying Wen


Calliandra tweedii (Brazilian flame bush) - this one espaliers nicely:

http://www.botanik.uni-karlsruhe.de/garten/fotos-knoch/Calliandra%20tweedii%20%20Brasilianischer%20Puderquastenstrauch%201.jpg
source




On gardens with lots of flowers - I like them, at least sometimes, but I also like gardens that are more about the greens and or greys, the leaf textures, the plant massing....
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 06:15 pm
I love most flowers, but I realized my most favorites are those that grew in my mother's garden when I was growing up. Nothing will ever come close to plain simple daisies. So clean, so straightforward. I was never happier than when my parents gave me gigantic bouquet of daisies on my graduation. Made me far more happier than the graduation itself...that they knew exactly what would make me super happy. They bloom on my birthday, when spring cannot go back and summer is within reach. I also love the smell. So gardenly.

Mom also had wild daisies- orange/brown with dark brown middle, lilacs, snow drops, narcises, peonies, hyacinths, "rabbit ears" - no idea what that would be in english, but they had fuzzy whitish fur on their leaves, wild roses that climbed on the fence, blue bells and lots more. Bottom line - if it grew in her garden, chances are it will make my top thirty or however many top there are.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 07:29 pm
littlek wrote:
Rosborne - those there are some of my favorite ephemerals - the pink lady slipper....... I tired of posting last nihgt and stopped short of posting them. Thanks for doing it!


I like the pink lady slippers too. It always seems odd to me to see orchids like that growing in the cool woods of New England. But there they are.

I also like large broad-leafed plants. The philodendron I grew reached almost 6' high with a few leaves over 2' across, before I moved and had to divide the plant just to get it through the doors. Dieffenbachia's are also beautiful plants.
http://morningdewtropical.com/images/gallery/Dieffenbachia-Tropic-Marian.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 18 Feb, 2007 07:35 pm
mmmm, I like those too...
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