Saturday, June 9, 2007

what is this plant???

HELP!!! My French teacher, Nadine, gave me this plant this spring. She didn't know the name of it - only that it likes some sun and spreads. I have two photos of it here - you can see the leaves and the buds. The buds are a dark pink or red - and then open into this cheery yellow flower. My neighbor's daughter has some blooming at her new home also - and we would really appreciate it if anyone knows what they are. One thought I had was evening primrose or sundrops - but no clue if this is the leaf for that plant.


This is my first lily to open - isn't it gorgeous??? A neighbor had these blooming in her garden last year, and I told her if she ever divided them I would love to have a bulb or two. She came down later that afternoon with a half dozen plants!!! What a great gardening friend - thanks Anne-Marie! Now I have them in 4 different garden spots.

A delphinium that I have had forever. I love these when the sun is shining through the leaves like this. Below is more of the flower stalk. What great showy back-of-the-border gems these are.


And this is another clematis on the gazebo - sorry, I don't know the name of it.

8 comments:

Laurie & Chris said...

I really think it is a evening primrose. I have them in my garden and they look the same. I went here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose_oil

I hope this helps.

Trailhead said...

I don't know what it is, other than gorgeous!

Zoey said...

I agree with Laurie that's it's an evening primrose. I don't have any, so I can't be positive.

I agree with you about blogging to share your gardens. I really don't have that many people walking through my garden in real life, so it's nice to be able to show off all the hard work we do to others who have the same interest....thus, understanding just how much WORK it really is!

Have a great Sunday, Kris.

the second-time-arounders said...

Looks like an evening primrose to me also. I had them on the farm in Iowa. They would bloom about 3 weeks in June. Only problem, they really do spread a lot!

Sylvana said...

That yellow flower does look like some sort of primrose. They come in a few different varieties that have different leaf shapes, but the flowers all look similar, and the red/rose coloration in the bud and stem are shared.

My delphinium only last for 5 years tops. What's your secret?

I believe that the clematis is Sugar Candy. I have one and it looks just like this one.

kris said...

Thank you, thank you! My books didn't show this leaf, so I was stumped - but after looking at the website Laurie suggested, I'm sure you are all correct.
So now, I think I have to move it into a sunnier spot - it's pretty shady now that the trees are leafed out. Is gardening really this much work, or is just me???

Thanks for the help, Laurie :)

Thanks trailhead!

Zoey - there is nothing like walking through your gardens with another gardener (whether in real life or in blogville!!) - you're right, only someone who does the work really knows how much goes into it. It's great to have so many other gardeners checking in and leaving comments - I love it!

Marlene - great, as if I don't have enough self-seeders!! However, this is so pretty, I think I'll enjoy having extras to put in different places for awhile!

Sylvana - welcome to my blog! I know what you mean with delphiniums - any others I've had have only lasted 3 or 4 years. This one must just LOVE that spot or something! It gets morning shade and afternoon sun - it's under the roof overhang, so I always feel like it's not getting enough water - but it just keeps coming back.
I think you're right on the clematis - a friend gave me Sugar Candy several years ago, but I move things all the time and eventually forget what's where. So thanks - now I'll be able to remember which one this is at least! Thanks for visiting.

Tracy said...

Kris: Definitely evening primrose. It can take some shade. If you can grow daylilies where it is now, then the evening primrose should grow, too. They do spread, but they're incredibly easy to pull out - very short roots.

kris said...

Thanks Tracy - think you just saved me some work! I'll move some of the self-seeders to sunnier spots NEXT year!