garden ponderings

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Ontario, Canada

Visiting grandboys.
A walk around the neighborhood.
Day before Halloween.

Flowers above were growing in the drainage area next to the road
Orange flower was hard to photograph,
camera kept focusing on background.
It resembled a statice flower.
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Cosmos, Aster and Autumn Joy are on their last legs before snow.
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Beautiful dahlias!
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I saw a variety of hydrangeas.
They looked pretty even after the flowers die.
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Geraniums – saw them at multiple houses.
One lady told me she already took cuttings for next year’s flowers.
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Lychnis and pink Candytuft.
I’ve never seen Candytuft in pink.
An older woman told me she brought the seeds from Germany,
many years ago.  It freely reseeds now.
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It was a well-kept yard that we found the mushrooms.


Far and Near

I have found that I like some flowers because they look beautiful up close (especially the aromatic ones:-), and others because they look so good massed, at a distance.

Ox-eye, or field daisies, are a prime example.

In a meadow, the tall daisies can be quite stunning.
Up close, the flowers look ordinary and the plant itself gets weedy looking.

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I think St. John’s Wort has an especially lovely flower.

In my garden, this plant grows as a ground cover behind a flower bed.
Rarely do I go after the weeds in this out-of-the-way location.

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Lychnis Coronaria is a deer- and drought-resistant plant, that grows in sun or shade.
Though it doesn’t seem to flower when located in heavier shade.

These white blossoms are the ‘Alba’ strain.
While the magenta flowers are often called Rose Campion.

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This plant was labeled a ground rose when I purchased it.
I wasn’t really sure what that meant, but I learned to prune the lowest branches away,
so I can deadhead without getting thorned to death.

This is definitely an example of select flowers that look great up close,
but the entire plant gets raggedy looking when it needs a ‘haircut’.

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I like to think of Georgia O’Keefe’s flower paintings whenever I see flowers
up very, very close.  Her vision of the micro view of flowers is very sensual.
But that is another discussion.

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Rose Campion or Lychnis

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Okay, it is late in the season to highlight these flowers, but I saw a bloom just today in a shaded area next to a deck.  I’ve had the pink variety for awhile, and coveted the white one in a friend’s garden.  She generously shared with me, but warned that it easily reseeds itself.  I’m wondering if someday I might get flowers in a paler pink or a bi-color as the plants may intermingle.

I have moved some baby plants to un-caged areas that are not protected from deer.  The fuzzy grey leaves give me hope they can survive.  One season into this experiment, the results are ‘so far, so good’.  Which means that I trust the deer as long as I can see them.  Or until a very dry autumn has passed.  When they get very hungry, most everything is at risk.

These flowers look real pretty in a mini-vase and in the garden.  I so love low maintenance perennials.