Monday, August 26, 2013

Weed


This is Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum).
The definition of a weed is a wild plant that is growing unwanted
and is in competition with cultivated plants. 

But in fact this weed has many qualities.
This weed is an edible herb that attracts butterflies and birds.
This weed is a hardy native perennial, a vigorous spreader and
it blooms late summer to early fall when other plants have packed it in for the year.
Measuring up to 3 feet tall, the ornamental mauve pink flowers won me over.

You decide-what's in a name?






Tuesday, August 20, 2013

oooh Glory!


Morning Glories are prolific self-seeding annuals.
 The flower blooms on a vine and flourishes in sunny, sheltered sites 
from early summer to first frost.
The vertical aspect of the garden gets a great colour bump-bonus!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

MORE-Foliage


Colour 
shows up in the most 
surprising ways. 

New adoption in The Garden.

Mountain Fire Japonica Pieris 
...more than a one trick pony.