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.
Gail it was lovely to see each of those wildflowers again...I have one more for December...here's to even more wildflowers in 2013.ReplyDelete
I do love these posts, I have learnt so much about North American natives, many of which are grown here as ornamentals in the UK. I might try and do the same with UK natives and join your monthly meme its just working out what is actually a UK native s we have had imports from the time of the Romans!!ReplyDelete
Helen, That would be so cool! We have your horticulturist and hybridizers to thank for re-introducing the US to many native plants. Happy New Year.Delete
It is difficult to think of wildflowerrs when I am sitting here looking out the window at 11 inches of snow. Love your photos. It makes me crave all that color.ReplyDelete
Lovely post, Gail. There realay is something for every month in the wildflower garden.ReplyDelete
A lovely retrospective. I'm going to try to post for Wildflower Wednesday on Thursday because we had a blizzard today!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Gail, for hosting this each month and introducing us to so many different natives and wildflowers. I've learned so much about wildflowers from this series and am more in tune with what is beneficial to the pollinators, thanks to all your helpful information. The frost flower in the first photo still amazes me!ReplyDelete
You're welcome Rose. That Frost Flower still amazes me, too.Delete
Have you ever thought of adding diervilla to your garden? It's an attractive native shrub that thrives in dry shade and has flowers that attract pollinators/nectar feeding birds in early spring. It grows in my garden and is really tough. Ruellia humilis would grow well for you, too. :o)ReplyDelete
yes I have but I haven't gotten around to getting it! Thank you for reminding me, I need to put that on the list again. I love Ruellia and have both R strepens and R humilis. Happy New Year.Delete
I actually have a fair number of native flowers and plants in and around my garden. My new year's resolution is to pay more attention to Wildflower Wednesday in 2013 and do a little showing off. We are so fortunate to live near the New England Wildflower Society's nursery where they sell any number of properly propogated native plants.ReplyDelete
A beautiful retrospective Gail. I need to put a calendar in the computer room so that I can write down reminders about Wildflower Wednesday!ReplyDelete
Your photos and wildflower choices are superb, dear Gail. Thank you for turning the spotlight to shine on the wildflowers, natives and easy growers of the plant world. We are all richer for it.ReplyDelete
Frances, I do love them and there are so many more to share...Must keep adding them to my garden! xoxoDelete
My garden is mostly green, golden wild oats, with blue flowers.ReplyDelete
Your mountain is lovely...and the blue flowers are divine.Delete
Gail...love your blog. You gave me some great ideas for some natives. We have quite a few natives and I love to use them in our cottage garden.ReplyDelete
Thank you and welcome to C and L! If you like wildlife and I know you do, they'll flock to your wildflowers!Delete
Gail, Tina just reminded me that I met you at the perennial plant society meeting when she was the speaker. You are the one that identified my Dog Fennel or as it was previously named "the mystery plant". Thank you so much!!ReplyDelete
I do love that shot of Joe Pye and the Coneflower. I wish you many wildflowers in the new year, native ones of course.ReplyDelete
All amazingly stunning wildflowers! Thank you so much for the eye candy and the inspiration, Gail! I will be joining in in the months ahead. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Gail....where do you buy your natives? You have shown many that I am interested in buying for our garden, especially the Phlox Pilosa and the Verbenas. Thank you!ReplyDelete
GroWild Native plant nursery in Fairview is my go to nursery. I also buy cultivars of natives from local nurseries and look up every plant on my smartphone to see what the reviews say about it. I don't buy native cultivars/hybrids that are sterile or unattractive to pollinators. There are also some very good mail order nurseries like Sunlight Nursery, Lazy S, Niche Nursery and Shooting Star nursery (in Kentucky) that I will occasioanlly order from...Hope this helps. gailDelete
Great year wrap-up. While all the photos are outstanding, the Tradescantia just glows. Happy New Year.ReplyDelete