In lieu of bloom day scans

A few years ago, I attended a lecture by Felder Rushing, who is neck-and-neck with Piet Oudolf in the race for most influential gardener in my life.

At the beginning of his presentation, Felder wanted to point out that not only were we crazy plant people, but we were strange even by standards of gardeners in general. He asked for a show of hands to a series of questions starting with, How many of you grow more than a dozen varieties of a single species of plants? More than half gardeners in attendence raised thier hands

The question that really got me was, How many of you have ever given a tour of your garden by flashlight?

Well, honestly I haven’t. But I wouldn’t hesitate to.

If I wanted to do my usual bloom-day scans, I would have had to use a flashlight because light is pretty scarce around here before and after work. Bloom day scans will have to wait for the weekend.

Meanwhile, I’ve had a bunch frosty and fall-color pix collecting here over the past couple of weeks. So instead of scans, here’s a chance for my usual pix purge.

Really hard frost (~19 F) last Sunday:

frost on grasses etc.

Sunrise has hit the far ridge, but hasn’t hit the garden yet.

frost on grasses etc.

Frost patterns in the miscanthus.

frost on grasses etc.

Frozen monard dots. (Thanks Piet.)

frost on grasses etc.

Jade and the plants soak in the sun as it burns off the frost.

frost on grasses etc.

Beads of water after the sun melts the frost.

frost on grasses etc.

Morning sun on Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum)

frost on grasses etc.

Miscanthus floridulus flowered this year, at least 12 feet tall.

frost on grasses etc.

At Cornell, ‘We grow the Ivy.’ It turns red in the fall.

frost on grasses etc.

Scans this weekend, if I can find some time…

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Garden bloggers bloom day – October scans

Things are winding down, what with a light frost Saturday morning. This month’s scans aren’t so crowded.

Fuschia (it was close to the house and not damaged), Verbena bonariensis, oregano, hibiscus buds, filipendula, thungergia stem snaking up an ornamental grass stem.

oct scan

Polygonum ‘Firetail’, hibsicus buds, Aconitum, ornamental grasses.

oct scan

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Garden bloggers bloom day: September scans

In the 30s here last night.  It looks and feels like fall outside, and everything looks (as jug band musicians say) ragged but right on the scanner.

Whites, including Sorbaria (reblooming again this year), Eryngium yuccafolium, Eupatorium purpureum ‘Joe White’, Artemisia, Miscanthus.

sept scan

Dahlia, Solidago.

sept scan

Aconitum, Ligularia, Physostegia, Achillea, Lantana, Chelone, Verbena bonariensis.

sept scan

Ditto above with some wild Eupatorium thrown in.

sept scan

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August bloom day scans

Hastily prepared August scans. But this time of the year, it’s not hard to pull together four scanner-beds worth.

Albutilon, Veronicastrum, Hibiscus, bloodleaf:

August flower scan

Eupatoriums, coneflowers, goldenrod. I have no clue what the yellow flowers are. The grow on 6-foot plants that a neighbor gave me.

August flower scan

Liatris, hosta, butterfly bush, dahlia, lantana, viola, Persicaria (‘Firetail’ I think), Telekia?

August flower scan

Phlox, perlargoniums, spirea, fuscia, dahlias:

August flower scan

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July bloom day scans

I’m actually early to the party this time. With rain headed our way, I thought it good to go ahead and do this month’s scans. Click images for larger view. Apologies for lazy nomenclature and mis-IDs.

Update [7/15/2007]: As Layanee and Carol both pointed out, there’s a big article on scanning in the latest Horticulture (which has been sitting in my huge stack of unread gardening magazines). It’s by Ken Druse, so you know it’s gotta be good. (Print’s not dead. Sign up for a free issue of Horticulture.)

Monarda, Asian lily, sedum, spiraea, lychnis, Rosa ‘Cuisse de Nymphe’, allium, daucus, stachys (the other one), Scotch thistle.

july bloom day scan 1

Astrantia, viola, sorbaria (about to pop), verbascum, sedum, that weed that looks like fried eggs, digitalis, Verbena bonariensis, Verbena hastata, coneflower, teasel, rock garden campanula?, wild composite (aster?).

july bloom day scan 1

Digitalis, Asian lily, allium, astilbe, monarda, sorbaria (popped), astrantia.

july bloom day scan 1

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