Saturday, July 18, 2015


I keep adding more liatris by tuber and by seed. The ones I have also produce a lot of seed. I know they germinate. I'm just not sure they survive much past the seedling stage. Until they bloom, they are hard to find in the abundance.

I planted three Rattlesnake Master. Now there are more. That was a sign I should toss the seed further afield. Until they bloom I won't know if any of those seeds took. They are hard to find in the Lush.

The Feather Reed Grass does not self sow which is a good thing. I have to divide them to make more. A whole new batch was planted this spring. Now I will wait, let them grow a few seasons, and see if that is enough before I divide off any more.

The Black Eyed Susan is all over the place. I'm not quite sure how that happened. Did I throw out seed? Did they throw out their own seed? I did plant a few in one place. They are all over and spreading. I guess that is Ok for now.

I had nothing what so ever to do with the Pale Indian Plantain, Arnoglossum atriplicifolium. It was here, had a big interesting leaf and I didn't know what it was. In those circumstances I wait until I see the bloom and can ID it before deciding if it can stay or goes. It stayed. Now there is a lot more.

The discard lilies are having a very good year. That is not always the case. But it is the good years when I think I could use more of these lilies. What would be wrong with having these five foot tall lilies rising out of the Tall Flower Meadow?

I have tossed lots of lily seeds out there. I have not been surprised by an unexpected bloom yet. I have better luck with discard bulbs. Next time I will buy them instead of passing them by.


Sallysmom said...

I have found bulbs are better. This year just as the buds were starting to form, we had hail and sleet. Not as many and no where near as pretty. But I still love them.

Lisa Greenbow said...

Pretty pretty.

Carol McKenzie said...

Your lilies are beautiful. Discards are a wonderful thing.

The lilies did very well for me this year (all were planted last year), but because it was so warm and wet, they seemed to have gone over very quickly. And because it rained for so many days, I wasn't able to get out to see them.

I've taken to putting lily bulbs in the same areas where I put daffodil bulbs, partly because I love lilies, but also to help remind me where the daffodils are planted, so I don't accidentally dig up the daffodils.

Cheryl Kotecki said...

Our wild flower area has an abundance of Black Eyed Susans this year, to the detriment of anything else and more than we've ever seen. We planted entirely different flowers last year and this. We aren't weeding them out though.

Christopher C. NC said...

Sallysmom needless to say the weathers do not always cooperate.

Lisa you know I am working on even more pretty.

Carol its nice when the lilies do well for me. I have had a number of issues, voles eating bulbs, stem boring insects and late freezes. They seem pretty tough and keep coming back so that is a good sign.

Cheryl the Black Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia fulgida is the stolineferous, colony forming, long lived perennial, tough one of the group. It must spread a lot of seed too. It is in places I never put it. I won't weed it out at this point either. Maybe in the future if it threatens something else I want.