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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday

Happy Sunday!

Today's topic is texture in the garden.

I just love to have plants that I can touch, I guess that makes me a touchy-feely kind of gardener.

One of my favorite textures is the cone on a purple cone flower (Echinacea purpurea). Don't they look wonderful combined with the spiky blooms of Liatris.

Maybe it's the love of texture that keeps me out in the garden on July evenings. I get so much enjoyment live-heading my daylily blooms. With over 400 varieties of daylilies here, it can easily take over an hour but there's such satisfaction in the SNAP of those blooms coming cleanly off the plant and the knowledge that tomorrow morning the garden will be wearing a whole new glamorous look.

(The daylily pictured here is 'Island Love Affair')

The sticky bands around the stems of Silene armeria (catch-fly) call me as I walk by and I rarely can resist touching them.

The catch-fly was another plant gifted to me by a woman that I worked with many years ago. She brought me a single little seedling that over 20 years and a move, has managed to seed itself with abandon all over my garden.

The pale yellow spikes are a truly perennial Digitalis that I've been encouraging to seed around the garden. Yes, they too were a gift, these came from my good gardening friend Chris.

Of course, nothing beats the touchability of Lambs ears (Stachys byzantina) which is why they will always have a home in my garden. (fuzzy gray plant in the bottom right of this photo)

Being such a computer moron, I'm still trying to figure out how to attach the Green Thumb Sunday information here. Hopefully you can find the links here somewhere on this blog.


Kylee said...

Hi Melanie,

Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm glad you enjoy it. :-)

What a GORGEOUS daylily! I'll have to look around and see if I can find that one.


Gotta Garden said...

Welcome to Green Thumb Sunday! Great pictures!