Most of the pictures this week are really Six on (last) Saturday, because they were taken a week ago at the autumn open-house of Montrose, Nancy Goodwin’s garden in Hillsborough, North Carolina. See here for my pictures from last autumn.
The final picture was taken yesterday, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Michael.
1. Costus species
Costus are related to ginger but have been separated out of the Zingiberaceae into their own family, Costaceae. I made a beeline for this plant the past couple of times I visited Montrose, because I have never seen one growing in the NC piedmont before. This time, Nancy let me in on the secret: She digs it up every autumn and stores the rhizome in her house, so it isn’t as hardy as I hoped. Still, our summers are clearly long enough and the soil warm enough for it to get established and flower. Might be worth trying one of these days.
2. Double-flowered Colchicum
This might be Colchicum ‘Waterlily’, but without a tag I can’t be sure. Montrose is famous for its bulb plantings, and two of the three plants that I picked up at the sales table were also bulbs (in the broad sense): a huge Hymenocallis that might be H. ‘Tropical Giant’ and a seedling Cyclamen mirabile. The third plant I bought was Primula sieboldii.
3. Abelmoschus species
A beautiful Hibiscus relative with fuzzy buds. I wish the plants in Montrose Garden were labeled. I suspect this is Abelmoschus manihot, but don’t quote me on that.
4. Brugmansia (angel’s trumpet)
South American Brugmansia are surprisingly hardy in the piedmont. My plant of Brugmansia ‘Betty Marshall’ has survived three or four years outdoors and is currently about seven feet tall. This yellow flowered clone, perhaps ‘Charles Grimaldi’, has been growing below a couple of large eastern red cedars at Montrose for longer than that.
5. Salvia oxyphora (fuzzy Bolivian sage)
I hesitated to post this photo, because it is another bright pink/red flower that blows out the sensor of my iPhone camera and is almost always overexposed. But S. oxyphora is so fantastic and furry that I couldn’t resist. My sole attempt to grow this species failed, but perhaps I haven’t found the correct spot for a plant that must surely be right at the edge of its hardiness zone in the piedmont.
6. Fallen oak (Quercus species).
Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle like a bomb. By the time it crossed our area, it was downgraded to a weak tropical storm, but it still did plenty of damage to trees sitting in soil saturated by the remnants of Hurricane Florence just a few weeks ago. This beautiful oak on our neighbors’ property was uprooted and dropped across our lane, blocking access. By the time I got home from work, the neighborhood chain saw gang was hard at work clearing the road.
For more Six on Saturday, head on over to the Propagator’s blog. Take a look at his Six and then see the comments section for links to other blogs.