With just under an hour left of Saturday, here are six pictures from the garden today. Lots of yellow this week.
1. Alstroemeria ‘Konkajoli’
I have tended to avoid Alstroemeria hybrids, because many are reported to be invasive. This was advertised as a civilized cultivar that doesn’t take over the flowerbed. After two years, I’m starting to wonder if it is too civilized. It seems to produce just one stem at a time and shows no inclination to form a nice clump. Pretty flowers, though.
2. Hydrangea quercifolia
When I blogged about oakleaf hydrangea a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that the flowers would soon fade to pink. Well, they have.
3. Verbascum chaixii
Unlike many mulleins, V. chaixii is a perennial rather than a short-lived biennial. I have both the yellow- and white-flowered forms growing in the sunnier areas of the garden. Hoping for volunteer seedlings but haven’t seen any yet.
4. Ligularia japonica ‘Chinese Dragon’
This species isn’t thrilled with our hot summer, but it seems to do reasonably well in the shade of a dogwood tree. The deeply cut leaves and big yellow flowers are interesting, but I really like the flower buds. They are ribbed longitudinally and look like miniature green pumpkins.
5. Canna ‘Tenerife’
Canna season has started, which means lots of bright flowers, lush foliage, and constant checking to make sure that caterpillars of the lesser canna leafroller moth (Geshna cannalis) aren’t feasting on leaves that they seal with a loop of silk before the young foliage can unroll. The leafrollers are ugly, maggoty-looking things that skeletonize canna leaves and make a mess with their frass. I hate to use pesticides on plants that attract so many pollinators, so I have to squish the caterpillars by hand. Yuck.
6. Canna ‘Pacific Beauty’
The flowers of this clone look almost fluorescent against the dark brown/purple foliage. In this climate, cannas can be left in the ground year round, as long as the rhizome is planted six or eight inches deep and mulched well in the autumn.