Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Wild Bloom Day

The line between cultivated and wild is blurred. There is encouragement and discouragemment of plants. That is the essence of gardening, to greater and lesser degrees. It is all a Dream.

Cirsium vulgare

Phlox paniculata

Hibiscus syriacus

Meidiland Rose and company.

Eurybia divaricata

Allium tricoccum

Unknown. This photo does not do the bright pink tips on tiny narrow tubular blooms, arranged as a thick wispy mist any justice. Name me.

The first full flower.

Leucanthemum vulgare

They keep going and going.

And get selected and called Shasta.

Helianthus maximiliani

Rudbeckia laciniata

Solidago rugosa?

More opening blooms.

Ageratina altissima

Clematis virginiana

Vernonia noveboracensis

At the end of the day.

Rudbeckia hirta and company.

Lobelia cardinalis

Angelica gigas

With bees drunk on nectar.

That's Bloom Day for August 2008.


Anonymous said...

Lovely flowers Christopher. Seems every time you turn around in the mtns there are more lovely flowers to enjoy.

chuck b. said...

Good for you for letting the thistle be. Some butterfly pupae overwinter in it.

Frances, said...

Oh Christopher, your mountainside is awash in blooms. I love the way you describe the blur between wild and man planted, it is so apt. No wonder you have so many hummingbirds and butterflies, it is Eden. I forgot to take a photo of the giant ironweed, drat. The scene of flowers reaching for the sky over my head lives on in sweet memory. Ahhhh.

Gail said...

What a wonderful bloom day post...I wanted to put my nose into the rose photo; It looks like it smells delicious! Does it? The white of the H syriacus is lovely! What an attractive flower! You have my favorite wild flowers...Ironweed,Ox-eye daisies, goldenrod, phlox, rudbeckia! I could spend time on your mountain and leave totally happy!


Anonymous said...

Just beautiful! The flowers over there never seem to stop.

Unknown said...

Ironweed and angelica... I have a severe case of envy over here! Two things I would love to grow, if only I had space in my garden. *insert wistful sigh here*

It all looks lovely, and I like that you have posted about the wild and the cultivated here. I just wish I could help you name your misty plant.

Les said...

What a great mix. I love the ironweed and the thistle (being partial to purple).

gintoino said...

Great blooms. That angelica has such a wonderful color. And the rudbeckias...well, I'm sucker for ridbekias, and your's look great, specially R. lanciniata.

Christopher C. NC said...

There is certainly a jungly abundance here. More so than in Hawaii to my eye and senses.

I wanted to see the thistle up close, so I left them in the front bed. They will have to go as my plans for that bed are Miscanthus and Chicory with Ironweed and a few other highlights.

The biennial Angelica set a ton of seed. There is four times as much of it this year as last.

The way the wildlings grow right up to and in the store bought cultivated plants makes it hard to know who is who. And the sign that a store bought cultivated plant is happy and will make it here is when it goes a little wild and starts to mingle.

Curmudgeon said...

The angelica with drunken bees is wonderful. Enjoyed your GBBD post.

Carol Michel said...

I like what you said, "The line between cultivated and wild is blurred." To me, that's the mark of a beautiful garden.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day again, and I'm waiting to see pictures of your ugly tomatoes!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Annie in Austin said...

Your blended beauty is spectacular, Christopher, with its lines blurred long ago. The imported plants were the wildlings when they started out, somewhere else in the world ...and your goldenrods and phlox and agaratina are considered exotic imports when planted in Europe. Does someone have a similar garden far away, with the designations wild and native reversed?

Wish I had a guess for your mystery plant. If it makes seed pods that might help you find out what it is eventually.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

lisa said...

What a gorgeous Bloom Day! I wish I could even venture a guess on the mystery plant. Busy as you are, I'm sure it won't bug you too much not to have an ID. If it does, you can send a closeup of the flowers and leaves to "Ask Mr. Smartyplants" and they can tell you. :)