Fall

Fall

Friday, 12 June 2015

Lady's Mantle

Two years ago I had more or less decided I would get rid of all my Lady's Mantle because of its tendency to self seed everywhere. I'm glad I didn't because it finally occurred to me that if I cut the flowers off BEFORE they could go to seed I could appreciate the soft, fuzzy leaves ( and their loveliness when  they hold drops of  water after it rains). If one or two volunteers do pop up somewhere I can always use them to fill some empty spot.  Or pot.


        Those are California Poppies to the right of the picture... another self-seeder.


      Here is the bouquet I brought in after I cut the " frothy sprays of dainty yellow flowers". 
 

Like Lady's Mantle Coleus also like being in a shady spot. In the past I have not had very good luck growing Coleus but so far these are doing fine.


And another shade lover is the Astilbe. For some reason the ones in my front yard are doing great and the ones in the back are a third as big and so far, no blooms.



This Coreopsis is a volunteer, growing in gravel, and looking very sturdy and full of blooms. Definitely NOT a shade lover though.


Have a great weekend !

                   Granny Marigold



5 comments:

  1. Hi GM! Your flowers are SO wonderful! I love astilbe and California poppies.

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  2. I love plants that volunteer! My Lady's Mantle has self seeded in a couple of spots, but not too much. Mine is in full sun:) I use the flowers in bouquets, but I should do what you did when they get to the point on not being so nice any more, and just cut them all off. Of course I should weed around them and water them too, but I'm afraid they are too far down the list to get much of that. Your Astilbe are beautiful!

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  3. Hi I came from Karens..you have some lovely flowers and keep encouraging her to blog! :) Nice to meet you! :)

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  4. your garden is looking lovely. Coleus is one of dh's favourite plants.

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  5. Looking at these photos is almost like seeing my own garden - they are so similar! I haven't seen my Lady's Mantle in flower yet, but looking at that pretty yellow bouquet, I'm really looking forward to it. I also have the Californian Poppies, the Astilbes, the Hostas and Forget-Me-Nots. The Coleus failed miserably, though - I think the slugs got to them.

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