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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Spigelia and some hydrangeas for September

Spigelia: I remember planting this strange native of Ohio and parts south many years ago. Never saw it again. That was before I knew anything water, soil and those other components that support plant life. It's an uncommon plant of moist soils and wooded stream banks, and I was delighted to see it in flower at someone's home in the Ann Arbor Hills this morning. It was a new acquisition for the home owner, and it will be interesting to see how it develops in the coming years. If you, dear reader, grow this successfully, send some pictures! The full name is Spigelia marilandica, and it is in the mostly tropical Loganiceae family (no species are native to Michigan).

Also in this person's yard: a 15-year-old elm, barely six feet in height, originally bought at 50% off from Gee Farms in Stockbridge.

I've never put my attention on hydrangeas, having always considered them the opposite of rock garden plants (where I started my gardening journeys), but check these out. The pictures are from three plants. I do believe that these are all the same type of flower, just at different phases of development.


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  2. these look such beautiful flowers, reading your post about the details has added up to my enthusiasm of gardening. keep posting more and more about it, i love reading your posts