Monday, May 2, 2011

Rosie's Garden. April 30.

Welcome to my garden. The pink is a primrose, oenothera speciosa, and is also known as evening primrose. As the name implies, most of the species open its blooms at night, closing them in the morning. Mine open in the morning and stay open all day. They also spread, forming extensive colonies. There are also three Gerbera daisies in there. You can easily see the bright orange at the bottom. There's a pink one to the right and a yellow one partially hidden on the left. Wiki says that the Gerbera is an annual, but mine are perennials. I also read that Gerbera daisies are the fifth most used cut flower in the world. Care to guess which four flowers beat out the Gerbera? Answer at end of post.* The red in the background is a rose that Maxine gave me many many years ago. It has thrived here.
My foxglove, or digitalis, is also a perennial here and it self-seeds voraciously.
OK, Mar, of Foodies Untie blogdom, my friend and Master Gardener, I'll take some better pictures of this one and send them to you for identification.
Here it is again. ETA: As usual, Mar came up with the answer. It's Collinsia heterophylla "Chinese Houses."
My wild orchids.
Primrose again.
Ligularia, or Leopard Plant.
My herb garden. The three mounds on the left are German, English, and Variagated Lemon Thymes. There's a basil plant next. Sage in bloom. Oreganos. Rosemaries. Fennel Sorrel. Some parsley and cilantro. There're also a rose and two blueberry bushes in there and my pink-flowering tamarix.
* Which four flowers beat out the Gerbera daisy for most popular cut flowers? Rose Carnation Chrysanthemum Tulip


Marilyn said...

Rosie, I will look at finding out what your first mystery plant is. As to your second plant, look at my latest garden post and see if you can see the same plant there.

Marilyn said...

I wish digitalis would reseed in my garden. I have to buy new plants and replant every year.

Lovely garden, dear.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Mar, I don't think it's iberis. This plant is about 18 inches tall.

And thanks!

Marilyn said...

All right, I will look into that one then.

Might this be the first plant? Chinese Pagoda, Collinsia heterphylla

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Damn, you're good!

zzzadig said...

If it would ever stop raining, I might send some photos from my garden. I am proud of myself, as I have managed to grow Canna from seed, and have finally figured out that you have to scarify Turk's cap seed. The second year banana should be interesting, it's already doing 4 to 6 inches a day and is 3 feet tall.