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Purchased- November 14th, 2013

15 Nov

Swanson’s-

Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’

 

 

Newcastle Fruit Stand-

5 x Viola x wallichiana (pansies)

1 x Mahonia nervosa

1 x unmarked fern (looks like an evergreen tufted type)

1 x Dryopteris koidzumiana

2 x Huechera americana ‘Marvelous Marble’

3 x Lewisia hybrids

1 x Delosperma cooperi

1 x Delosperma PS001S’ “Fire Spinner”

1 x Trifolium alba ‘Dark Dancer’

1 x random Sempervivum cultivar

1 x Salvia greggii ‘Wild Thing’

 

full flat of plants, on sale half off and with a small flat discount on top of that! Love end of season sales. Just hope they all pull through winter and flower next year 😉

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What’s Blooming September 30th, 2013

30 Sep

Abutilon megapotamicum
Achillea millefolium
Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’
Agastache ‘Grape Nectar’
Agastache ‘Orange Nectar’
Aster subspicatus
Bacopa monieri
Ballotta nigra
Begonia boliviensis
Campanula persicifolia
Celosia ‘New Look’
Chaenorhinum origanifolium ‘Blue Dream’
Chlorophytum camosum
Choisya ternata
Chrysanthemum partheniacum
Claytonia sibirica
Convulvulus arvensis
Cuphea cyanea ‘Carribean Sunset’
Cuphea ignea
Cuphea llavea ‘Flamenco Samba’
Cuphea llavea ‘Tiny Mice’
Cyclamen hederifolium
Dahlia coccinea (Bishop’s type)
Dahlia (white cactus flowered)
Dicentra Formosa
Echinacea purpurea
Epilobium ciliatum
Fuchsia campos-portoi
Fuchsia hatschbachii
Fuchsia magellanica ‘aurea’
Fuchsia magellanica ‘molinae’
Fuchsia magellanica (Patrick’s)
Fuchsia magellanica (Gram’s)
Fuchsia magellanica (plant swap)
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’
Fuchsia triphylla ‘Mary’
Fuchsia ‘Auntie Jinks’
Fuchsia ‘Billy Green’
Fuchsia ‘Display’
Fuchsia ‘Juellia’
Fuchsia ‘Marinka’
Fuchsia ‘Princessita’
Fuchsia ‘Whiteknight’s Amethyst’
Gazania ‘Daybreak Garden Sun’
Impatiens capensis
Impatiens noli-tangere
Ipomoea multfida
Medicago sativa
Mina lobata
Nemesia ‘Aromatica White Improved’
Nemesia hybrids
Kalanchoe blossfieldiana
Lapsana communis
Lavendula angustifolia
Lobelia erinus
Lobularia maritime
Lonicera japonica ‘Pink Lemonade’
Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’
Mentha himalayensis
Mentha ‘Chocolate’
Nicotiana mutabilis
Oenothera missouriensis
Pentas lanceolata
Plantago major
Salvia coccinea ‘Forest Fire’
Salvia coccinea ‘Snow Nymph’
Salvia darcyi ‘Pscarl’
Salvia elegans ‘Tangerine’
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Salvia leucantha x ‘Phyllis Fancy’
Salvia microphylla ‘Cerro Potosi’
Salvia patens ‘Cobalt’
Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’
Sedum spectabilis ‘Autumn Joy’
Sedum spectabilis (Heronwood variegated)
Solenostemon scuttelariodes ‘Kiwi Fern’
Solidago Canadensis
Strobilanthes dyeriana
Tagetes signata ‘Starfire’
Tagetes ‘Disco Orange’
Tagetes ‘Disco Yellow’

August Hummingbird Flowers

10 Aug

Salvia elegens ‘Tangerine’ and Fuchsia magellanica (Gram’s heirloom)

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Cuphea llavea ‘Tiny Mice’

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Cuphea ignea (smaller form)

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Mimulus cardinalis

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Fuchsia hybrid (‘Display’?)

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Fuchsia magellanica ‘molinae’

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Cuphea cyanea ‘Carribean Sunset’ and Abutilon hybrid (megapotamicum)

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Salvia microphylla ‘Hotlips’

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Fuchsia campos-portoi

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Cuphea ignea (tall form)

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Lychnis coronaria

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Crocosmia masonorum

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Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’

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Ipomoea luteola

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Phaseolus coccineus

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Ipomoea multifida

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Agastache ‘Orange Nectar’

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Salvia coccinea ‘Snow Nymph’

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Lespedeza thunbergii?

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Salvia darcyi ‘Pscarl’

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Salvia leucantha ‘Phyllis Fancy’

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Fuchsia triphylla ‘Garteeister Bonstedt’

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Begonia boliviensis ‘Bonfire’

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Fuchsia ‘Auntie Jinks’

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Fuchsia ‘Marinka’

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Chamerion angustifolium

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Fuchsia magellanica ‘Whiteknight’s Amethyst’with Cuphea ignea

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What’s Blooming July 24th, 2013

31 Jul

Achillea millefolium

Agapanthus hybrid

Agastache foeniculum ‘Golden Jubilee’

Agastache x ‘Apricot Sprite’

Agastache x ‘Grape Nectar’

Agastache x ‘Orange Nectar’

Allium schoenoprassum

Anaphalis margaritaceae

Bacopa monieri

Ballotta nigra

Barbarea vulgaris

Begonia boliviensis ‘Bonfire’

Begonia x ‘Catrin’

Begonia x ‘Kleo’

Brassica oleracea

Buddleia davidii ‘Dark Knight’

Calliandra eryophylla

Campanula carpatica

Campanula persicifolia

Campanula portenshclageana

Cardamine hirsuta

Celosia x ‘New Look’

Celosia (cockscomb)

Cerastium tomentosum

Chaenorrhinum origanifolium ‘Blue Dream’

Chamerion angustifolium

Chrysanthemum partheniacum

Chrysanthemum x superbum

Claytonia sibirica

Clivia miniata

Coreopsis auriculata ‘nana’

Corydalis lutea

Crocosmia masonorum

Crocosmia x ‘Lucifer’

Cuphea cyanea ‘Carribean Sunset’

Cuphea ignea

Cuphea ignea (tall form)

Cuphea llavea ‘Flamenco Samba’

Cuphea llavea ‘Tiny Mice’

Cyclamen hederifolium

Dahlia (white cactus)

Dahlia (red leaved red flowers)

Dicentra formosa

Echinacea purpurea

Ellisiphyllum pinnatum

Epilobium ciliatum

Fuchsia campos-portoi

Fuchsia magellanica ‘aurea’

Fuchsia magellanica ‘molinae’

Fuchsia magellanica (Gram’s)

Fuchsia magellanica (Patrick’s)

Fuchsia magellanica (red leaved)

Fuchsia magellanica (plant swap)

Fuchsia tryphylla ‘Gartenmeister Bonsteadt’

Fuchsia triphylla ‘Mary’

Fuchsia x ‘Auntie Jinks’

Fuchsia x ‘Billy Green’

Fuchsia x ‘Juella’

Fuchsia x ‘Lachlade Magician’

Fuchsia x ‘Marinka’

Fuchsia x ‘Princessita’

Fuchsia x ‘Whiteknight’s Amethyst’

Gazania ‘Daybreak Garden Sun’

Geum macrophyllum

Gladiolus hybrid

Glyceria grandis

Huechera sanguinea

Impatiens hawker

Impatiens noli-tangere

Ipomoea luteola

Ipomoea multifida

Juncus ensifolia

Justicia brandegeana

Kalanchoe blossfieldiana

Lantana camara ‘Anne Marie’

Lantana camara ‘Landmark Peach Sunrise’

Lapsana communis

Lathyrus sylvestris

Lavendula angustifolia

Lespedeza thunbergii

Liatris spicata

Lillium martagon

Lobelia erinus

Lobularia maritimus

Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’

Lonicera ‘Pink Lemonade’

Lonicera ‘sulphurea’

Lychnis coronaria

Malva alcea

Medicago sativa

Mellissa citriodora

Mentha himalayensis

Mimulus cardinalis

Mimulus guttatus

Mina lobata

Mirabilis jalapa ‘Limelight’

Mitraria coccinea

Monarda didyma ‘Gardenview Scarlet’

Myosotis laxa

Nemesia ‘Aromatica White Improved’

Nemesia hybrids

Nicotiana alata grandiflora

Nicotiana mutabilis

Nicotiana x ‘Knightiana’

Ocimum basilicum

Oenothera missouriensis

Origanum vulgare

Osteospermum hybrid (white and purple)

Oxalis nelsoniana

Oxalis oregano

Oxalis triangularis

Pentas lanceolata

Phaelenopsis hybrids

Phaseolus coccinea

Plantago major

Polygonum pensylvanicum

Rosa chinensis mutabilis

Rosa x ‘Graham Thomas’

Rubus armeniacus

Rumex acetosella

Saintpaulia hybrids

Salvia coccinea ‘Forest Fire’

Salvia coccinea ‘Snow Nymph’

Salvia elegans ‘Tangerine’

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Salvia luecantha ‘Phyllis Fancy’

Salvia microphylla ‘Cerro Potosi’

Salvia microphylla ‘Hotlips’

Salvia patens ‘Cobalt’

Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’

Scabiosa alpina ‘Ritz Blue’

Schizanthus pinnatus

Schlumbergera hybrid

Solidago canadensis

Solidago ‘Golden Baby’

Stachys cooleyae

Symphoricarpos alba

Symphyotrichum subspicatum

Sysimbrium altissimum

Tagetes signata ‘Sparkles’

Tagetes ‘Disco Orange’

Tagetes ‘Disco Yellow’

Taraxacum officinale

Trapaeolum majus ‘Alaska’

Trifolium alba

Urtica dioica

Verbena x ‘Estrella Voodoo’

Viola x wittrockiana

July Humplants

13 Jul

There is a bunch going on in the garden this year, so I thought I would go through and make some notes on what is working and what’s not, to attract the hummingbirds.

So this morning I got up way too early, and went out to sit in the morning sun a d see if the hummers would show me what they like. I thought sitting in the truck would be good, cause it was still just a. It chilly in the shade, and that way the birds couldn’t see me. Unfortunately, with the sun on the window I could t see much either. But I did catch one visiting the scarlet runner beans, Phaseolus coccineus-

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S/he must have liked it, since several flowers were visited before flying off.

Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised to see a juvenile visiting the flowers of the Japanese false indigo.

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I’ve been calling this Lespedeza thunbergii in my What’s Blooming lists, since that’s what I remember it as, but looking at the pics online the leaves look different for that species, three part rather than 15-19 on mine. The flowers are very very similar though, and beloved of bees. I got this years ago from Heronswood, planted it in a pot and though it gets occassional splashes of water, it’s pretty much on its own. It’s thrived over the years, blooms heavily most of mid summer. This was the first time I’d seen hummers visit the flowers, but the little guy worked several flower spikes over in quick succession, so he must have gotten something he liked.

A plant I just got this year, though I have grown it in the past, is Mimulus cardinalis-

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This rather sprawling California native is one of their favorites at the moment. It makes me want to install a stream or marshy pond in sun somewhere to give it the kind of garden space it would really thrive in. I love the bright reddish orange flowers, and the nice nectar lines in the throat. So do the hummers, consistently visiting these in their passes through the garden.

Another hands down favorite is the Salvia microphylla ‘Hotlips’

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I love this salvia almost as much as the hummers. The cute little flowers often open in pairs, and the coolest thing is they change color based on the weather. When it’s cooler, they are all red. As it warms up, they to through bicolor stages, then when it gets really hot, they can be all white. With our variable temps around here, this time of year you can have all three present at one time.

Another Salvia they have enjoyed since I brought it home is Salvia x leucantha ‘Phyllis Fancy’-

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The fuzzy lavender stems and near white lavender flowers are very different from most of the garden. But I bought it in bloom this spring, and better than any other salvia in my collection, this one has bloomed and bloomed, and steadily increased in size. I need to fertilize I think, it’s now starting to look just a little run down. Something broke off a branch the other day too, and I need to make sure I take cuttings from that branch today. This is one I want to keep.

Another that has done well for me, though the hummers seemed to like it better a month ago than now, is Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’-

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This one isn’t hardy here at all, so I am trying to decide if I want to bring one of the two in to overwinter, or trust that Langley Fine Gardens will have them again next year. I do love the color, and earlier it was one of the hummers faves, especially the one in the corner by the birdbath. It was fairly common to see them go from the fuchsias in the rockery, to the Salvia ‘Hotlips’, then to this one.

The other Salvia I have that has always been a steady repeat for me is Salvia coccinea ‘Forest Fire’-

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This picture is of one of the seedlings I took out of the bigger pot where one overwintered with the Begonia boliviensis and the lemon verbena. I also bought the white ‘Snow Nymph’ variety, which has attracted some hummer interest, but in general has been rather disappointing for me. It’s a little too dwarf and compact for my liking, and honestly the hummers don’t go out of their way for it.

The Begonia boliviensis ‘Bonfire’ is another that ill keep growing it till I kill it, mostly cause I like the flowers. I have seen hummers regularly use the one hanging through the railing off the back deck, but I suspect that is as much because the Salvia ‘Forest Fire’ is mixed with it, and they also like the fuchsias back there.

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Speaking of Fuchsias, lol… I have more of those than any other group of cultivars, except maybe red flowering currants. We currently have three hanging baskets in the back- ‘Auntie Jinks’

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Which is nicely compact and seems to be the favorite of the three back here,

Marinka-

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This is a. Odl fashioned cultivar I remember my dad growing, and is consistently a good one to attract hummers to hanging baskets, though these ones, overwintered from two years ago, are looking a little ragged. If I overwinter them again, I need to repot and fertilize more carefully.

The third hanging basket is ‘Princessita’-

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We got this one on sale, half off since it was wilted badly and some of the Bacopa growing in with it was dieing off. Water and a trim perked it right up, and it throws an amazing amount of flowers the hummers seem to like just fine.

Under these there is also a Fuchsia triphylla ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’, which we got at the Issaquah Farmer’s Market last fall.

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These are cuttings, taken from that plant late spring, blooming in my propagation unit. I really need to get them out of there, lol. We bought two at the market in fall, I planted on in a larger container to overwinter, and the other I hung from the fence and left out. It continued blooming till killed by heavy frost and freezing temps in December, long after I thought it would have curled its rather tropical leaves up and croaked. If I had known, I might have been able to bring that plant in and overwinter it too, getting it to regenerate in spring from the roots. As it is, the main plant has been in continuous bloom since we got it. It’s getting a little lanky and could use a trim, but is still flowering well. And attracting hummers.

Honestly in many ways I prefer the hardy fuchsias. One of these particularly so for sentimental reasons.

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This is an heirloom variety of Fuchsia magelanica I got from my grandmother from her garden in West Seattle. Over there, and in the San Juans, this old variety (and quite possibly, seedlings of it, or maybe this is from a seedling of the originals), have been passed along gardener to gardener, over the back fence or, as my grandmother got hers, at church plant swaps and the like.its an untidy, but reliably hardy flu raining shrub. Takes a ton of abuse, drought tolerant within reason, likes sun but will take shade, just an easy going reliable performer. I remember my grandmother’s on the north side of the house, next to an enormous maiden hair fern, shaded by the house but otherwise pretty much in the open. For me it enjoys the bed behind a short fence, roots cool and protected but its branches mostly in the sun. It’s not the a site best Humplant in the garden, but it is certainly a reliable and steady attraction for them, over most of the summer and into fall.

An even more hardy one is the nearly white Fuchsia magellanica ‘molinae’-

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Until this year, this was almost always the first of my hardy ones to bloom, and has a much more upright, shrub over to almost small tree like habit. It grew to almost 15 feet before getting knocked back to the ground a few years back in one of those Arctic Freeze events we occassionally get, but has slowly recovered since, though it isn’t putting on the wood it did before. The palest pink and lavender bicolor flowers look soft white from a distance, and this is reliably on the favorites of the local hummers when it is in bloom, and it blooms for an incredibly long period, often starting in May and going through November when finally hit back by frost. I get the feeling if it was just a little warmer in winter, it would bloom year round.

A relatively new fuchsia for me, but that looks like it may be as hardy as molinae, is the hybrid ‘Whiteknight’s Amethyst’-

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It a tuay started blooming slightly before molinae, and has a similar more upright form to it that makes me wonder if these are related. The flowers are the more typical scarlet red and deep purple of the species however. I love this plant, and if it proves to be as hardy as molinae, will be propagating it more to spread around the garden. maybe I should wat h for fruit and sew seeds…

Another species that has also done consistently well, both in terms of hardiness, and at attracting hummers, is the diminutive Fuchsia campos-portoi

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It wasn’t quite as early as the other two above, but close. It’s tiny leaves and compact, low shrub habit make it perfect for the rockery with the Salvia microphylla types. It sets fruit easily, so I’m tempted to let a few ripen and plant the seeds, to see what I get out of it. Although small, it produces lots of flowers the hummers seem to go for first, which is a great reason for growing more of it.

The final fuchsia worth mentioning for hummers is the standard I got last year, I’ve been referring to as ‘Display’. That’s a guess, since it didn’t come with a name on it, but it looks like that variety, which is apparently common around here for hanging baskets and the topiary like standards like this one. I carefully overwintered this inside since last summer it was THE favorite of the hummers on the front deck. Maybe because I have lots of other things for them, this year it hasn’t been quite so popular, it it does get regular visits. I’ve also propagated lots of it, overwinter a d this spring straight into pots. If it IS Display, it may even prove hardy here, which would be an added bonus. I like the flowers as much as the hummers, too. Though I dunno if the big standard is going to last long. The height is nice in the dark corner of the deck behind the tables, but it takes up a lot of indoor space over winter.

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Another group I seem bent on collecting is the Cuphea genus. The hummer’s favorite of the group appears to be a dwarf form of Cuphea ignea-

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I have two of these, both in pots, both in shade since this particular one seems to prefer that, and hates drying out in the sun. I got this along with a bunch of other stuff from Langley Fine Gardens, the first time at the Arboretum sale where they are a regular vendor each year, and the second we went out to the West Seattle market, which they attend in spring. Some day I would love to visit them out on Vashon Island where their nursery is. Anyway, at the West Seattle market they also had a larger taller form-

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This one is growing with Salvia patens ‘Cobalt’, which so far I have yet to see a hummer visit, but it’s in a hard spot to discretely watch. Both of these Cuphea ignea cultivars seem excellent for attracting hummers though. I do wonder if this taller form is like the hybrid ‘David Verity’, or if its a natural selection of the species. It does grow much bigger, bigger flowers, and likes sun more than shade apparently. I like both though.

Another similar looking one is the Cuphea ‘Carribean Sunset’-

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One online source said it is a selection or hybrid of C. cyanea. Whatever the. See, the smaller flowers are very pretty, and it does get some use, though it seems not quite as popular as the taller ignea in the rockery nearby.

Another plant near this that has for some attention is a red leaved, red flowered Dahlia cultivar-

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I’ve had this in the garden for a couple of years now, but this year I transplanted it into a larger pot. I’ve never seen it used before, and it doesn’t seem to be a favorite, but the juveniles are using it sporadically so it is on this list for good reason. This may well be one of the Bishop series of tall, red leaved forms. It is certainly getting much bigger this year now that its got more root room. I think I will need to dig it up and divide it a bit this next winter or spring. The single flowers are bright and cheerful, so it is a welcome addition to the garden regardless.

One of the oddball subtropicals I got this spring is Justicia brandegeana-

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This odd little shrimp plant is probably wondering WTF in our cool weather, it seems to do better in the Gulf Coast states and down into Mexico. But it’s been in flower since I bought it and shows no signs of slowing down. Again, it seemed more popular earlier when there wasn’t as much blooming, but I do still see the occasional visit. Hardiness wise, this may be hardy here, but I am going to assume its not, and just need to figure out if it is going to be one of the ones I bring in or not. I like it, and wonder if it got bigger if it would prove more attractive to hummers? We will see I guess.

I have two native blooming that traditionally have been humflowers favorites; Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium, formerly Epilobium angustifolium) and hedgemint (Stachys cooleyae). I haven’t seen either one used this year yet, but both are in out of the way corners where they are hard to watch.

Stachys cooleyae is a mint, spreads like a mint, and flowers for most of mid summer.

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The bright pink candles on tall stems to four feet have always attracted hummers here. It likes rich soils that don’t dry out completely, even winter wet conditions, and prefers at least part shade unless you give it lots of water. It can tend to flop as the flowers get top heavy, so I like growing it with taller things that can help keep it upright, and not incidentally keep it from overcrowding everything around it.

Fireweed is not a mint, but spreads almost as aggressively. Where hedgemint likes shade, fireweed tolerates it but flowers best in full sun. Drought tolerant, but don’t let the roots sit out an dry out, it will simply shrivel and die. I have two forms, the native natural to the area pink-

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And a white variety that may be a European cultivar-

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Both are lovely, and make beautiful garden flowers. I don’t find they spread so aggressively as to be a problem, but others may differ in their opinion. Funnily enough, this spring I knew we had dear in the garden not because I could see them, but because they had nipped each of the fireweed stems at around 8-10 inches. They are only just now starting to recover, lol. Hopefully next year I will have more to spread around for a nice grove of it in the back.

Along with the Salvias and Cupheas, I also got a few vines from Langleys. I got two different red morning glories. Ipomoea luteola has been blooming steadily through the roller coaster of warm to cool weather we’ve had.

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It’s not growing quite as strongly as its cousin I. multifida-

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Both seem to get steady action from what flowers they have, though I get a distinct impression that they aren’t real happy here.

I have a bunch of other stuff that might be used by the hummers, things like Agastache, Schizanthus which was used earlier in summer, nasturtiums, etc, but these are the ones I regularly see visited this summer.

Mimulus guttatus

22 Jun

Monkey flowers in general have long been one of my favorite groups of plants, native or not. Yellow monkey flowers are probably the most common of our native species, and are definitely the easiest to grow. In the wild, you usually see them on the edges of streams and ponds, happily blooming at the water’s edge. In the garden, they do just fine in regularly irrigated garden beds, pots, and even hanging baskets. Sometimes annual, sometimes perennial, often it’s difficult to tell if your looking at the same plant from year to year, or seedlings. Either way, they can put on quite a show.

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Propagation is either from seed (easy any time of year, just keep the soil moist but not too wet), or divisions of the offsets a d sometime runners. Again, keep the soil moist but not too wet and these are pretty easy to propagate.

Some forms of these can get quite tall, I’ve seen them in Eastern Washington on a stream side get to three, almost four feet, but usually they stay under two feet. Any moist soil will do, just need some sun to flower well. They will often grow but not flower in shade.

Other species do well for hummingbirds, but I haven’t seem my Anna’s show any interest in these common yellow ones. Bumbles on the other hand like to loose themselves in the blooms, with just their but sticking out, lol.

For some these can spread aggressively e ouch to be a garden thug. For me the seed occasionally, but not aggressively, and I love their cheerful flowers. Now if I can just get the pink Mimulus lewisite going…

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Eriophylum lanatum

22 Jun

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“Oregon sunshine”, “wooly sunflower”, whatever name you choose for this bright little daisy, it never ceases to make me smile when I see its cheerful little flowers.

Native to both sides of the mountains, in drier habitats like open prairies and rocky balds, this is a tough little bugger. All it really needs to do well is something close to full sun and protection from wet roots. As the flowers develop, the silvery wooly foliage does tend to flop a bit, which makes this an interesting pot plant since it likes to cascade over the edge of the pot, but it is something to consider in a rockery or dry border, so it doesn’t smother it’s neighbors.

As you would expect, all kinds of bees and smaller butterflies adore the flowers of these cheerful relatives of daisies and marigolds. I usually try and deadhead them to keep them flowering, but I suspect the seeds would be good for finches and such too.

Propagation by seeds is pretty straight forward as with most composites. You can also take cuttings any time of year you can find a stem, or divide a larger plant if you insist. Division should be done in spring, and be careful to use well draining soil so the plants don’t drown as they recover.

In the prairies, it’s been described to me that they like the “wet spots in the dry prairies”, which in the garden translates into; they will take advantage of water when given, and indeed don’t seem to like drying out too much in a pot, but need good drainage and fairly rich soils to do their best, though fertilizer isn’t usually necessary.

Even when not in flowers, the ferny grey green wooly leaves are attractive. Like asters, they tend to die back to wooly little rosettes in winter, then quickly regenerate in spring into nice little spreading mounds in summer, topped by the bright yellow orange daisies most of early summer.

Forms from eastern Washington and Oregon tend to have larger flowers, so are the more common ones found in nurseries and native plant sales, but they do well in Seattle all the same. Some of the west side forms have a more entire leaf (which is to say, less heavily lobed or simpler), and can be almost like a spreading dusty miller.

This is a charming plant that really deserves more garden space. For dry rockeries or even in hanging baskets, it can make a rather bold statement in flower, and is pretty the rest of the year too.