Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for July 20th, 2012

tall3

Here’s Remy, sitting by the Giant Maiden Grass (Miscanthus giganteus). Remy is about 18 inches tall. The Giant Maiden Grass is 9 feet! In June, the garden is dominated by the Giant Fleeceflower (Persicaria polymorphus), which I wrote about in a post entitled Another Summer in the Garden, linked here. But by July, it has been overtaken by other high-risers now hitting their stride. Foremost amongst these is this huge grass, and it isn’t done yet. It has its seed stalks to top off its nine feet still to come. I purchased this grass in the fall of 2010, so this is just its second summer in the garden. You can see how it looked that first fall in my post Tucked Into Bed. It’s sure come a long way since then!

tall4

Just down from the Giant Maiden Grass is this Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum). It’s a native of eastern North America. It is topping out this year at 7 1/2 feet as it starts blooming. The large leaves are fused in pairs with the leaf opposite, embracing the interesting square stalk, giving the impression of the plant stalk perforating the leaves. The leaves form a little cup that captures rain water and gives the plant its common name.

tall2

Coming in at a mere 6 feet, the Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) falls far short of some of its neighbours, but it is a very cool plant. When I first saw this rudbeckia, a member of the black-eyed susan family, in a nursery, I thought it had been mislabelled. It sure doesn’t look like other black-eyed susans.

tall5

Its large, glaucous leaves are nothing like typical rudbeckia leaves. Maxima is native to the southern states, but has so far been hardy here in Eastern Ontario. This is its third year in the garden. It’s flowers, held high on long, stately stems, are quite attractive. This one has attracted a little white crab spider.

rudbeckia

Read Full Post »

garden

Garden Path

Here is a sampling of some of the daylilies blooming this week.

Galena Gilt Edge

Galena Gilt Edge

Flaming Wildfire July 18/ 12

Flaming Wildfire

Starstruck July 17/ 12

Starstruck

Ruby Spider July 17/ 12

Ruby Spider

Custard Candy July 18/ 12

Custard Candy

Rue Madeline July 17/ 12

Rue Madeline

Scarlet Pansy July 17/ 12

Scarlet Pansy

Siloam Little Girl July 17/ 12

Siloam Little Girl

Vesuvian July 17/ 12

Vesuvius

Alpha Centauri July 17/ 12

Alpha Centauri

Geneva Firetruck July 17/12

Geneva Firetruck

Dragon Dreams July 18/ 12

Dragon Dreams

Troubled Sleep

Troubled sleep

Old King Cole

Old King Cole

Outrageous

Outrageous

Golden Tycoon

Golden Tycoon

Pink Super Spider

Pink Super Spider

Texas Gal

Texas Gal

Read Full Post »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 105 other followers