Friday, August 14, 2009
August Flowering Plants at the Jarvis House Garden
Rudbeckia plants are a riot of color around the Jarvis Garden,and they compliment the purple roadside Lythrum or Loosestrife. Lythrum can be invasive, but they are easily pulled out. Their graceful movement in late summer breezes give us a reason to keep them in the garden.Way out in the back back, a huge rose stem erupted from a transplanted church rose. Unlike last year, this rose has put out an amazing late summer cluster of pink blooms on a single strong stem.Another plant that has grown to record proportions is this yellow perennial. It was planted between two 100 year old boxwood shrubs, and it is now taller than they are!Phlox sometimes verge on becoming a weed, but late in August they provide color that looks pretty from a distance, and butterflies love them.This is the closest to "White" day lily that grows in the Jarvis Garden. At night it is almost iridescent, and because it blooms so late it extends the day lily season.A huge new day lily which was purchased from the Long Island Daylily Society last year, resembles another, the Rembrandt, which is also a late bloomer and very easy to divide and spread around the garden. Link to their web site for information about their plant sale which happens tomorrow, August 15th.This is a detail of a large Butterfly bush that is located near a kitchen window. when inside the house butterflies are at eye level. Butterfly bushes come in many colors including a deep purple, a redish purple, white and yellow.The Marigold boarder is behind schedule, due to the unusual amount of rainy days, and the ensuing slugs. They will bloom until a very heavy frost.As the day lily plants were fading, a vine started to grow on top of their leaves. It turned out to be a volunteer plant from some ornamental gourds that were placed on the ground, on display last fall. A small fruit has developed.