In December, I wrote about love found in an alley and then love part 2. Today I am posting about the first Amsonia tabernaemontana I found locally after falling in love with the one in the alley. When it bloomed, the flowers were slightly different, and I realized it was not the same kind as my first love. It was OK, but over time, I realized it's a bit spready, and flops over, so needs more support. It's not as tall, either.
This photo was taken 5/6/08, and shows the amsonia coming up on the east side of the house, next to the window well, under and next to the barbed wire. On the left is a yellow blooming helenium, or Helen's flower.
This one, taken 5/12, shows the quaking grass next to the amsonia. There is also a clump of amsonia that has spread in and next to the goldenrod in front of the bed frame.
In bud, 5/19:
The one that spread to the area in front of the bed frame, 6/3:
Another, next to the yarrow, has joined in the blooming, 6/15, making 3 clumps in flower:
I'm not sure why I included this one, but the amsonia is still there against the house 6/18:
In late June, I was asked to have my yard toured by my local herb society, because the woman whose yard was to be toured broke her hip. I would have rather waited until next year, but agreed, because another member who lives near me agreed to have hers toured, too. In my preparation, I decided to dig out some of the flopping amsonia and pull up some that was out of bounds. The next photo was taken 7/10. There is still a clump right against the house. I don't remember what kind of cone flower I planted. The yellow/orange flower is a crocosmia.
On 8/4, it's still right against the house, not spreading. The newly planted foxgloves and fancy daisy I can't remember the name of are blooming.
I didn't seem to have more pics of this amsonia until 12/26. When I first started to work on this post the other day, I thought I had mislabeled the next pic, and that it was the one by the egress window, so I waited until I could take another pic. I should have known better than that, because the leaves are shaped a little differently, and the other does not lie down like this one.
I decided to go ahead and include the pic I went out in the cold and snow after work today to take, which is when I realized I had not mislabeled the other pic like I thought I had.
I am thankful the days are getting longer now. Spring is getting closer. This blogging has become my winter gardening, and I get to visit other gardens in the process. Fun, fun, fun!