Wildflower Wednesday is about sharing wildflowers no matter where you garden~the USA, the UK, 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 2014 wildflowers.
Seersucker Sedge~January 2014
|The blooms are an added bonus|
Shrubs in a wildflower garden~February 2014
|Beginning to bloom with PPPP~the orange flower is Two-flowered Cynthia|
False Rue anemone~March 2014
Happy Flower Trinity~April 2014
All three are native to the Nashville Basin. The Basin is an elongated mixing bowl of land where Mother Nature has tossed cedar glade and Tennessee native plants into a unique and delicious mixture. Our tasty dish is never the same year to year, like local cooking, the proportions all depend upon the weather and what nature makes available! (from Happy Flower Trinity)
Downy woodmint~May 2014
I wasn't disappointed for long. Downy Wood Mint is a beautiful flowering plant and it's happier in my garden than Monarda has ever been. It is tolerant of my dry shade, isn't an aggressive grower and was naturally growing here.
Talk about right plant-right place! It really is and it's so worth giving it a try!
A Mint You and the Pollinators Will Love~June 2014
Researchers at Penn State's The Pollinator Trial found that Clustered Mountain Mint was the best plant for flowering longevity; for pollinator visitor diversity; for sheer number of insect visitors (78); and, for sheer number of bee and syrphid visitors.
That's one powerful pollinator magnet and one powerful reason for planting Clustered Mountain Mint in your garden. As a side note, it was still a bit green after two deep freezes.
In praise of a rather tall wildflower~July 2014
|Silphium perfoliatum is one tall wildflower!|
What can I say about Cup plant!
good looking flowers,
a rough and tumble wildflower,
tons of happy pollinators,
great wildlife value...
It's not all about the Susans~August 2014
I hope you're not turned off by their brilliant yellow color or their lack of a sexy pedigree; the Susans rock and are especially helpful in a garden that has harsh summer sun!
Some plants like to challenge the boundaries~September 2014
|just one of the many colonizing flowers at C and L!|
Follow the link to read about other colonizing beauties, I know there's one or two you might like.
The Charming Indian physic~October 2014
|Porteranthus stipulatus in flower|
For the greatest impact, plant it along a shady path where the small flowers would be seen by anyone walking by. Be generous, plant several for the biggest impact~remember, these are small flowers and you want your garden visitors to appreciate their subtle beauty!
Paw-paw the experiment~November 2014
Everything I knew about Pawpaws I learned from Captain Kangaroo...sort of
Back in TV land in the mid-fifties the Captain invited us to sing along and mime picking up Paw-paws and putting them in a basket! I hadn't the faintest idea he was talking about a fruit, actually a giant berry, but, I remember loving the game.
That was the last I heard about Asimina triloba or Common Pawpaws until I became a native plant gardener and began learning to identify native wildflowers and trees. I began to get interested in learning more about them when a small patch was pointed out to me on a trail at Edwin Warner park. Paw paws are not only a charming looking understory tree, but, has good wildlife value for critters. It's a favorite host plant (larvae feed on the leaves and flowers) of the zebra swallowtail butterfly in the southeastern states and the only host plant for more northern locations.
A plant like this had to be in my garden~follow the link to read about the experiment...
My dear friends, Thank you for planting more wildflowers, thank you for taking care of the bees and all the other pollinators, thank you for tolerating what others consider pesky wildlife, and thank you for another year of your friendship, visits, comments and for 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.
See you next year!
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.