Well, I was swamped on my usual posting day, and now I certainly can’t top Jeff”s post – I laughed so hard it took away my initiative. "Throw and Go" indeed.
I think we should start our own line of Garden Professors Soil Amendments – "Dr. Holly for Hollies," "Dr. Linda’s Flingable Compost (Not For Tea Dammit)", and "Dr. Bert’s Conifer Special". Dr. Jeff would have his own line of slug repellants and traps – available in six-packs.
Back to my post… you get a quiz! I’ve rooted through my stockpile o’ photos and found one that just may fool a few of you. Or not.
The answer to last Friday’s plant i.d. quiz is Angelia gigas. Tom guessed it; confirmed (seconded?) by Johannes.
Fairly easy biennial from seed. Bees and butterflies love it. This one’s a bit spindly due to too much shade (it had reseeded from another spot). And that most certainly is not a dandelion in the background.
I love the buds – before opening, the flower is encased in bract with and disguised (?) with a wee leaf-like structure at the end.
If you tried to post a comment/guess on the Friday quiz, you couldn’t…I gave the post the same name as a previous post, which somehow negates Sharepoint’s ability to accept comments. Linda kindly renamed the post – so give it another try!
(And Deb – no! Bwahahaha!)
All right people…what is it?
*evil hand wringing and maniacal laughter*
[albeit quiet maniacal laughter, as not to disturb office mates]
Some great guesses!
Most identified the seed head of a Clematis – this one is Clematis tibetana, also known as Orange Peel clematis due to the leathery golden-orange petals/bracts. It’s a late bloomer anyway, and the profusion of swirly seed heads sparkle in the autumn sun. Quite vigorous when compared to the large-flowered clematis species and hybrids; more along the lines of sweet autumn clematis (Clematis terniflora). Covers small structures and slow-moving terrestrials in a single season.
The second was a stumper – though most folks were barking up the right tree/annual/perennial and guessing some apetalous members of the Asteraceae.
It’s Ajania pacifica (most of us learned it as Chrysanthum pacificum or Dendranthema pacificum) or "gold and silver chrysanthemum". A very well-behaved, low, mounding, old-school perennial; best with good drainage and plenty of sun. One of the last perennials to bloom for us; it’s also very frost-tolerant. The gray-green foliage is edged in white, and despite several hard frosts, still looks great.
Happy Friday, all! Here’s a wee quiz for you.
Here’s a of couple close-ups inspired by my love for critters of the ocean.
Plant parts? Sea creatures? Eh?
#1 Anemone tentacles?
#2 Coral polyps?
Not many guesses this week – too many Halloween parties? In any case, Hap was correct – this is a closeup of the growing edge of Euphorbia lactea ‘Cristata.’ The "candles" on the edge are tiny leaves that appear whenever water is abundant but shed quickly during dry periods:
Thanks for playing, and Happy Halloween!