Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wildflower Wednesday

When I first got to thinking that this is probably the day for Wildflower Wednesday, hosted by Gail, of Clay and Limestone, I didn't think I would have much to share.  I went out this morning in the stop and start rain,  and took a few photos, but then, when it cleared up later in the afternoon, I took some more.  I found more than I thought I would, and included some plants that are not blooming yet, due to their foliage being just as pretty as their blooms. 

The blooms of the Pasque flowers are fading, but will turn into lovely plumes that last quite awhile.  This is the only photo I included that was taken while it was sprinkling.

I brought a wash tub with Phlox divaricata over here when we moved here over 12 years ago.  I planted some in the yard, and kept some in it.  While it is supposed to be a shade plant, the ones in the wash tub have continued to thrive in a good amount of sun.  I have been protecting it from rabbits, but am experimenting by leaving some unprotected now that a good sized patch has grown.  I was tickled to see some color on it today!

The Virginia waterleaf has pretty foliage, and small whitish blooms that I deadhead.  I missed some last year, and have a couple coming up in other places. 

I included this to see if anyone can help me identify these little volunteers.  I'm thinking they may be either Prairie dropseed grass, or Ridell's goldenrod. Oh, after reading this page, I'm leaning towards Ridell's goldenrod, because it said it something about being V shaped in the cross section.

Soon, the blooms on the Heuchera richardsonii will be yellow.  I'm glad I have several along the walkway to the house, because the foliage turns different colors, and always looks good, even in the winter.

 This is a Hepatica, or Liverleaf of some kind.

I was pleased that the little Jack in the pulpit came back.  I hope it grows and spreads some.

The name of this little plant is not coming to my mind.  I just hope to find more of these and others that will be going dormant by the time their slow to come up and grow plants need the room.  There is too much dirt showing in the area where these are.

I wish I would have gotten more than one clump of Bird's foot violet last year.  

I know this plant as Prairie smoke geum, but it has other names as well.  While not native to Nebraska, it is one of my favorite wildflowers.  The seedheads on this are fluffy and as interesting as those on the Pasque flowers.

The Virginia bluebells have their first set of blooms!

The native Columbine has a flower bud, which I may not have noticed yet, if I wasn't doing a WW post.  On the east side of the house, there are some that have crossed with this, and while their leaves are wider, the blooms are the color of these.  I'm trying to remember if they are larger.

Pussytoes are another one I love for edges, blooming or not.

I am looking forward to going to plant sales where I know native plants will be, and getting some holes filled.  Almost everything is up and growing, and we are getting some much needed rain.  Happy spring!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


I haven't done a Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post in awhile. Since spring has been slow at getting here, I decided to post the blooms we have so far.

This was taken yesterday morning, after we had gotten half an inch of snow after a little over an inch of rain.  By the time I went out to take a few photos, much of it had melted.

Some of the Pasque flowers in my garden are native, but I'm thinking this is one of the non-natives.

The rest of these were taken this afternoon.  Now, this morning, it got down to 19 degrees, a record low for the date!  I didn't have the heart to take photos of the poor plants all shriveled with frost on them.  I am thankful it warmed up enough for them to recover, and they actually look pretty good now.

I haven't planted any bulbs for a number of years, but the ones I have have been very faithful in coming back each spring.


Grape hyacinths

 I'm not sure what kind of tulip this is, but it's my only clump, and they are small.

I don't remember the names of the varieties of the Daffodils or Hellebores, either.

Scillas sure are little cuties!

I believe this Pasque flower is the native kind.

The name of this little spring ephemeral is not coming to my mind right now.

I sure love Hellebores!  They are such cheerful things, and like the other plants survived the snow and cold.

The Virginia bluebells will probably be finished blooming by the middle of May, so I'll post a set of buds.

I usually am not a fan of two toned flowers, but I like this daffodil, hard as it is to photograph.

I am just so tickled that it is spring, and even the Bleeding hearts are about to bloom!  Now, I hope the warm days will soon be here to stay.  To those who live north of us, I hope all of your snow is melted if not now, then soon, and spring finds its way to your gardens!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wildflower Wednesday

I am tickled to be able to join this month's Wildflower Wednesday, hosted by Gail, of Clay and Limestone.  There isn't much blooming yet, so I included some foliage when I went out today in the wind to take photos.

Pussytoes  are one of my favorite groundcovers, and transplant very well.  I don't know what kind this is, as there are quite a few different ones.

There are a number of kinds of Pasque flowers, some of which are not native.  These beauties brighten up spring, and then get fluffy seedheads that last awhile.  The plant in the photo is one of the natives.

I have enjoyed having several  Heuchera richardoniis for about 3 years.  They are almost evergreen, and are good next to the sidewalk, because they hold the dirt in well.

Prairie smoke geum is what I know this plant as.  I'm pretty sure it is Geum triflorum, which is native to areas near us, but not to here, it doesn't look like.  This is another one that looks good for a long time.  It has small pinkish blooms, which turn into fluffy seedheads.

I'm pleased to see the Phlox pilosa coming up.  I planted some 'Eco Happy Travelor' plants before finding some that are native, and then forgot which are which.  The rabbits like them all, so I protect them with whatever I find that will work.  I think this is the kind that I have is native:

It has been fun going out when I get a chance to see what new things are coming up, and how much plants have grown.  Today was the first time I saw that the cup plant is up.   I love spring!  Now, we just need some more warm days.

My heart goes out to those who are still getting snow.  Yet, you will have some good moisture in your soil.  Ours is quite dry.  I've never had to water the lettuce seeds so they will come up, but may need to this year.  Well, it is almost April, and I know I have made it through another winter.  Whew!  Happy spring!