Lunaria annua ( plant, seedpods, seeds and bloom)
Lunaria annua is a biennial plant that is native to southwest Asia and to the Balkans, however it has naturalized through Europe, North America and Asia. It is commonly called Honesty, Silver Dollars and Money Plant. It doesn’t bloom till the second season and then goes to seed and dies. But the seed is prolific in self-sowing so that you will have blooms for years to come. This summer I’ve collected quite a bit of seed from one plant, leaving some on the plant to replenish my garden. If anyone would like any please email me your address and I will be glad to send you some. Here’s some more info on this pretty plant:
- Grows 24-36″ tall
- Prefers Part sun
- Blooms in mid-spring
- Magenta blooms (pink-purple)
- Attracts bees & butterflies
- Flowers are fragrant
- Self-sows freely
- Direct sow seed in Fall
- Hardy in zones 4a-8b
There were a lot of new things added to my garden this season. This list includes bulbs, seeds, perennials, trees, shrubs and native plants. Here is my list and an update on their progress thus far:
- Rosa ‘Morning Magic’ – this was a must have for the arbor garden arch. The first one did so well in its’ first season, I added another one.
- Cup Plant – a native plant purchase that I think succumbed to our hot & dry summer. Hope it comes back though.
- ‘Coral Bark’ Japanese Maple tree seedling – It has doubled in size since May. Will stay in pot for another year or two I think.
- Vitex agnus-castus tree seedling – tripled in size since May and bloomed this summer. Hope to get it planted this month in the ground.
- Evening Primrose ‘Twilight’ – moved to another spot this fall since it wasn’t doing much in the initial place. New growth appearing.
- Delphinium ‘Delfix Blue’ – unfortunately I think I lost this plant to the summer heat.
- Penstemon ‘Red Riding Hood’ – another casualty from this summer
- Abelia grandiflora x ‘Little Richard’ – doing great in it’s new spot and putting out new growth
- Korean Lilac – has lost some foliage but is holding on I think
- Catmint ‘Walkers Low’ – bloomed pretty well this summer and is still full of green foliage
- Ladies Tresses – native orchid that bloomed this fall and is doing good so far
- Carolina Bushpea – planted this fall and is putting out new growth
- Ironweed – planted this fall but seems a bit stagnant so far
- Marginal Woodfern – happy in its’ current spot under the Limelight Hydrangea and appears to be evergreen
- Daffodils ‘Ice Follies’ – planted last month in the Hydrangea Bed – waiting till spring to see the results
- Alliums ‘Raspberry & Creme mix’ – planted in new garden last month and no signs of foliage yet
- Dutch Iris ‘Lion King’ – planted in new garden last month and no signs of foliage yet
- Hardy Glads ‘Nymph’ – planted in new garden last month and no signs of foliage yet
- Asiatic Lillies (Chianti, Grand Paradiso, Roma, Dreamland, Salsa and Agrippa) – planted last month/no signs of foliage yet
- Burgundy Poppy Anemone – Planted in new garden last month and no signs of foliage yet
- Allium ‘Pink Jewel’ – Planted in new garden last month and no signs of foliage yet
- Fall sown seeds – False Queen Anne’s Lace, Larkspur ‘Sublime Bright Carmine’, Lychnis coronaria ‘Dancing Ladies’ and Nigella (Love in a Mist) – planted this week and hoping they do well come spring.
This was a small list of additions compared to previous seasons but I’m happy with my choices even though some didn’t work out. Every gardener experiences losses, it’s a given. Here’s hoping for a wonderful spring come 2011!
Chrysantheums in full glory 11/17/10
Well I’ve been working hard this past weekend completing some of the tasks I wanted to do before the end of the month. Here’s what we (my son helped quite a bit) got done so far:
Transplanted a Knockout Rose from my grandmother’s garden bed to my Rose Garden out front (after trimming it back severely)
Cut back the other 3 Knockouts since they were really unruly. This took 3 large yardbags!
Divided the one large Phlox ‘Robert Poore’ in this bed into 4 smaller divisions which were planted between the Roses
Moved a large clump of Purple Coneflowers into the raised garden bed (making 3 smaller clumps)
Weeded both the Rose Garden and Raised Garden beds and cut back the dead foliage on some perennials
Divided the Shasta Daisies in Grandma’s Garden bed into 5 smaller clumps that were spread around her bed and my New Garden bed
Moved some purple Beebalm from my garden into her bed as well as some double daylillies
Moved the Green Coneflowers into a sunnier spot behind the birdbath in the New Garden (in place of the Beebalm)
Moved the Hydrangea ‘White Swan’ into the Green Coneflowers former shadier spot
Planted some ‘Hair’ Allium bulbs in the New Garden
Sowed Larkspur, Rose Campion, False Queen Anne’s Lace and Nigella seeds in the Arbor Garden Bed
Moved a hybrid Rose from the Knockout Rose Bed into the Raised bed
Here’s what I hope to still get done this month (if not than there’s always next spring):
Replace landscape timbers that have rotted on the Raised Bed out front
Move my compost bin that’s beside the Arbor Garden to the work area on the other side of my yard
Make a new bed for the Vitex Tree (yep still in the pot)😉
Remove fountain pumps and store in the garage (this is a must)
Make one more raised veggie bed
Just got my seed order in from Johnny’s Selected Seeds the other day. I normally wait to fall to order for spring, but half of this order will be winter sown. Something new I wanted to try. This is what I ordered:
False Queen Anne’s Lace ‘Black Knight’
Larkspur ‘Sublime Bright Carmine’
Nigella or Love in a Mist
Cosmos Sensation mix
Salvia ‘Coral Nymph’
Morning Glory ‘Mini Bar Rose’
Zinnia Profusion (white and yellow)
Nasturiums planted with Sweet Alyssum and Chaste Tree with Profusion Zinnias & Sweet Alyssum
Here’s just some random stuff that is going on in the garden at the moment. I planted Nasturiums and Sweet Alyssum seeds in this pot earlier this month. The Chase Tree or Vitex agnus-castus I got at the Yorktown Plant Sale last month is doing great. The initial seedling broke off at soil level during a storm earlier this month, but it grew back from the roots and looks healthier. It’s underplanted with yellow Profusion Zinnias and Sweet Alyssum.
Yorktown Onion going to seed
Here’s an update on the Yorktown Onion blooms, their now going to seed. I think they still look pretty interesting even as they fade. The blossoms now remind me a bit of sparklers on the 4th of July. Don’t ya think? :)
Hydrangea Paniculata buds: 'White Swan' and 'Limelight'
The Paniculata Hydrangeas are budding up right now. Even my ‘Pinky Winky’ is forming some buds, but I wasn’t able to get a good shot of it. This will be the first time that ‘White Swan’ and ‘Pinky Winky’ have shown signs of blooming. Hooray for soon to be blooms!
note: Yep I changed my blog theme again, lol. WordPress just keeps coming up with new stuff almost daily and I just can’t resist experimenting with the new colors & layouts. I kind of like the look of this one with the artistic swirls & stuff, it’s called Koi. Hope you like it. :)
Peony 'Karl Rosenfeld'
Ooh it’s almost time for Peony season. Hope these beauties get a chance to shine before the spring rains demolish their bountiful blooms. This particular variety is not fragrant but I have a couple of ‘Sandra Bernhardts’ that have a very pleasant scent. Their in full bud as well. It shouldn’t be too much longer now.
Queen Anne's Lace
Hey remember those seeds that Les @ A Tidewater Gardener shared with me and Janet (The Queen of Seaford) when we went to visit him last summer at Smithfield Gardens? Well I guess my last minute scattering this past fall was successful. In fact maybe a bit too successful, I have them popping up everywhere, lol. That’s okay, I’m removing the ones I don’t want and keeping a few of the larger specimens. For example this one is about 3-3 1/2 foot tall.
P.S. I stopped by the Learning Garden plant sale this morning and chatted with Janet for a few minutes. I picked up a few goodies while I was there and thankfully my youngest son was along to help carry them. :) I’ll post a picture of my new stuff soon.
Toadlily 'Purple Beauty'
This is one of my newest additions this year to the garden. I’ve had another cultivar for years but I don’t know the name of it anymore. You can see a picture of it in a previous post here. Don’t you love the fuzzy buds?
Seedhead of Butterfly Weed
When I was strolling through the garden this morning I noticed this strange looking seedhead on the Butterfly Weed. This plant is one I definitely want to encourage to thrive. It’s been difficult to get one established in the past, but I think I finally got the right location.
One plant I’m thrilled to see finally emerging is the Yorktown Onion or Allium ampeloprasum. You can read more about this non-native here. I planted a dormant clump of it earlier this year and figured it was dead when nothing sprouted by summer. Looks like I’ll have something to look forward to next year.