Saturday, July 22, 2023
I have been growing an innteresting solidago species that I got years ago from a garden in Denver, Colorado. It is much less vigorous here so its spreading tendencies are not a problem, perhaps because it also in near a short Monarda species that also spreads from thin underground rhizomes. Its grey green leaves indicate it is a plant from a semi-arid sunny habitat and we certainly dont have that kind of climate here in New York (well at least not most of the time). It is short and has attractive yellow flowers and I havent ever seen a seedling appear. I like it, its less aggressive than most other solidago species I have tried in the gardens and it blooms earlier than most. Behind it some Gladiolus "Carolina Primrose" can be seen, this is a hardy form of the very variable G dalenii (or perhaps a primary hybrid of it, though it comes true from seed), actually G dalenii in just about every form I have grown is hardy here.
Sunday, July 9, 2023
This has been a strange year weatherwise but that can be said about many places in the world these days. An El Nino is forming and we started with a nice cool and sunny but dry spring into late June when the heat and humidity and rain came back in droves. The heat hasnt been as bad as some other places, mostly still in the 80s but we have hit the low 90s and the humidity amplies the discomfort. Nonetheless there is much color in the garden now, just as there was earlier in the season, only the cast of plants has changed.