Welcome to Clay and Limestone's 2012 Wildflower Wednesday December Roundup!
Wildflower Wednesday is about sharing wildflowers/natives/naturally occurring plants no matter where you garden~the UK, tropical Florida, Europe, Australia, Africa, South America, India or the coldest reaches of Canada. It doesn't matter if we sometimes show the same plants, how they grow and thrive in your garden is what matters most.
I hope you join the celebration..It's always the fourth Wednesday of the month!
Without further ado, here are the best and brightest of Clay and Limestone's 2011 wildflowers.
January's Bee-Witching Flowers
February's Poverty Oat Grass
Danthonia spicata won't be found among the ornamental grasses offered by most nurseries. It isn't a big sexy grass with showy inflorescence, but, it has much to offer for gardeners who love native plants. It will grow on dry, rocky and poor soils, has attractive twisted beige winter foliage, great wildlife value and is delightful when allowed to grow and set seed. Trust me, it's a wonderful lawn alternative for tough spots!
March's Passalong Plant~Collinsea verna
April's Never Fail Wildflower Favorites
May's The Dragons At The Bottom Of The Garden
Green Dragon (Arisaema dracontium) is a marvelous woodland wildflower that is happiest in dappled sunlight and a moist, rich woodland soil and yet, it's tolerant of our wet winters and dry summers. If it's happy you'll have a nice colony that disappears mid-summer leaving behind the red/orange ripened seed head that topples to the ground and spills seeds everywhere.
June's Fill Your Garden With Native Plants
You'll never be sorry if you fill your garden with plants native to your part of the gardening world. I know I'm not...My garden is a Central Basin plant community with plants native to cedar glades and the adjacent oak-hickory-red cedar forests. Anyone who has gardened near here knows we have heavy, nearly neutral clay soils that sit atop a limestone bedrock. It's shallow and sticky wet all winter and dry as concrete all summer. It took me awhile, but, I eventually figured out, that in order to have a garden that was beautiful and thrived, I was going to have to plant natives. Tough natives!
July's The Joes
August's Two Native Verbenas
September's Asteraceaes Rock
October's Little Asters Everywhere
November's Hypercolored Hypericum Heaven
My dear friends, Thank you for planting more wildflowers, thank you for taking care of the bees and all the pollinators, thank you for tolerating pesky wildlife, and, thank you for another year of your friendship, visits, comments and joining me in celebrating wildflowers all over this great big wonderful world. You are the best and having you in my life has enriched it beyond measure.
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Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.