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Heather Pink flowers

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This plant has been in my garden for at least 5 years, maybe even 10 years (time flies!), and I’ve never noticed the flowers looking nicer than they do this year.  Deer, rabbits and any other varmits that find their way here, have all left the heathers alone.  If I live long enough, I can see this plant grow and cover quite a bit more ground.  There are some heathers on the other side of the house that have been there 25 years or more, and they now cover square yards of ground instead of square feet of ground. 

These are very sturdy plants, as they can withstand some neglect, and still thrive.  In the first photo, where you can see the flowers close-up, you get an idea of the intense pink they are.  I took these photos in the early morning, after the sun came up, but before it shown full on these plants.


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Agastache – Hyssop

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I know that Agastache is a cousin to Hyssop, but cannot tell you how they are alike.  (yet!)  I have two of these growing in separate areas, and have killed at least that many others.  Supposedly the deer do not like these plants, but my experience tells me otherwise.  They may not be as delectable as roses or tulips, but they are not on the hated food list either.

The agastache I am growing now, are definitely babied.  They both have a small fence around them to keep marauding varmits at bay.  My long-term goal is to get them large enough to be able to survive on their own.  At which point only one fence will be removed a year – I will take few chances on these supposedly sturdy perennials.

I like the looks of these flowers a lot, and look forward to including them in cut bouquets as the plants grow and flower more.  In the meantime, they are beautifully, distinctive plants in the landscape.