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White Ground Rose

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White Ground Rose

What a find this plant was. While driving in Northern California through Mount Shasta, we stopped in the north part of the town at the city park with the headwaters of the Sacramento River springing from a rock. As one turns off the highway towards the park, there is an excellent plant nursery, where I have found plants suited to the extreme local weather. What survives there, can survive the coldest winter or hottest summer in Douglas County, OR.

This was purchased as a ground rose, whatever that means. This is a very sturdy, disease-resistant, prolific flower-producing shrub. I cut it back liberally after each mass of blooms, then it reblooms and gets larger. The deer keep it pruned on one side as it is next to one of the “flower jails”. The blossoms look beautiful in one of the small, 2″ – 3″ high porcelain mini vases I have made.

Scabiosa

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Scabiosa

When a girlfriend referred to this flower, she made it sound so common and usual, but I had never heard of it. Scabiosa is a sturdy perennial, that flowers prolifically. As long as I keep it deadheaded, it keeps on going. These flowers are a good filler in a bouquet, yet look just fine alone or in a group, in a vase.

This plant has not multiplied for me, as have so many other perennials.  I’m finally deducing it is because I keep the spent flowers removed, so they never have a chance to go to seed.  What a trade-off is needed:  to let some flowers remain on the plant to go to seed, and then it will flower no more that season.  Perhaps it is time for an experiment.