Many Thanks

Back from our holiday, and first, I have to give a few heart-felted thanks:

To Yahoo Mail that didn’t let me login in from a different IP (who can remember the verification question that was set a hundred years ago?) and thus made for a pleasant ‘disconnected’ holiday.

To the person who took care of our many outdoors and indoors plants.

To my bloging friends, who kept posting interesting reads that entertained me when I finally opened my email account.

To WordPress, for incorporating the very useful feature of ‘scheduled posts’.

And to Roscoea x beesiana which greeted us on behalf of all the garden inhabitants. This hybrid Roscoea (R. auriculata x R. cautleoides) with exquisitely painted flowers deserves probably more attention, but for now gets just my sincere admiration.

Roscoea x beesiana

Roscoea x beesiana

(about 5 years old – from Fraser’s Thimble Farm)

You can read about it on the Alpine Garden Society website, where it was featured as Plant of the month – July 2012.

New territory – Incarvillea delavayi

Little plants series IV

Maybe not a really little plant but it deserves a mention because I highly underestimated it (and it also sits in a container with little plants). From the little tuber I showed in the spring as Incarvillea ‘Snowtop’ (true that it was on top of snow), it came in flower as the pink Incarvillea delavayi. It has flowered for weeks, pink trumpet after pink trumpet, and more than that, one morning I got to watch a cool spider establishing a new territory between its flowers.

How to expect so much from such a tiny tuber?!

Incarvillea delavayi1


Salvia daghestanica

The resurrected – Salvia daghestanica

Little plants series III

A few years ago I bought a silver leaf Salvia daghestanica for my dry and sunny mini- rockery. It did quite well, but this spring was obviously in distress. Decided to nurture it until its final breath, I planted it by itself in a small pot.

But it has resurrected and flowered profusely (it may really be its last breath) but anyway, the hummingbird has visited it, and now at least we can hope for seeds! Maybe THE BEST silvery leaf sage (sometimes called Salvia  canescens var. daghestanica). An amazing plant – you can read a longer story about silver leaf Salvias on the Prairie Break Blog (of the equally amazing Panayotis Kelaidis, who actually is responsable for introducing this Salvia in cultivation in North America).



Summer shimmer – Hypericum olympicum f. uniflorum

Little plants series II

A post from the Little plants series while I’ll be out and about for a couple of weeks. This dwarf St. John’s wort, Hypericum olympicum f. uniflorum embodies perfectly the heat and blazing sunrays of the summer. Although not employed medicinally like its cousin Hypericum perforatum, it delivers some equally important therapy for the soul & eyes.

Great at the edge of full sun borders, container garden, front of the rockery or even a big trough. Super hardy and easy from seed (very fine seedlings that need just a bit of extra care).

Hypericum olympicum f. uniflorum

A Carnivorous Feast

Happy Canada Day!

This year we had a real Carnivorous feast in advance to the Canada Day Celebration, heading out towards the Bruce Peninsula just at the right time to see in flower, among others, the butterwort – Pinguicula vulgaris. This small vegetal carnivore will trap and digest insects with the help of its sticky, glandular, bright green leaves. But the flowers are highly attractive too, reason why a few species and hybrids are also cultivated. It is great around the pond areas, bog gardens or even a moist crevice of the rockery.

Pinguicula vulgaris

Pinguicula vulgaris

 Pinguicula vulgaris

Celebrating Canada Day includes honouring the wild, pristine landscapes we are fortunate to still have. Unfortunately, large areas of wetlands are threatened by housing developments (followed by the inevitable shopping malls), and one of the first things to disappear when a wetland habitat degrades are its carnivorous plants. The least we can do is first to be aware of their existence!

And there wouldn’t have been a celebration without something red, but there were plenty of pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea) and slenderleaf sundews (Drosera linearis).

Sarracenia purpurea

Sarracenia purpurea

Drosera linearis

Drosera linearis

Note: Interestingly enough, in northern regions of Europe butterwort leaves were known to have bactericidal properties; for example, traditional uses included healing cattle sores and to curdle milk.
Found more about Pinguicula, including tips for growing at this website: A WORLD OF PINGUICULA.