The haul included two Ilex verticillata- deciduous hollies- one male one female, two Lindera benzoin- Spicebush, a native azalea, a green coneflower- Rudbeckia laciniata, Vernonia noveboracensis- Ironweed, and a pitcher plant- Sarracenia rubra.
Last year when we were at the North Carolina Arboretum I was drooling over the beautiful pitcher plants. One might even say I coveted those beauties. As I made my first lap at the native plant sale, it was the first thing I put in my wagon. Hot dog. I had been thinking about a spot for it since last year...before I knew I could find one for sale. It seems to be quite happy in a low spot in the full sun in my backyard. Cross your fingers that it stays as happy as it seems to be so far!
Planting native plants makes such good sense to me. These are the plants that need no extra coddling once established. They are beneficial to the animals or insects in your garden. For example, the Lindera benzoin, spicebush, is a host plant for the Spicebush butterfly...who wouldn't want more butterflies in their garden? The hollies will be a food source for birds in the winter and who doesn't love those red berries? Great color in the winter landscape.
More updates on the other newbies as they grow and flourish in the garden.
The first spring we lived here I found some Leucothoe Doghobble, growing in the lowlands by the lake. I moved some into the garden part of the backyard and hoped it would take hold. There are three different Leucothoe... L. fontanesiana, L. axillaris, L. racemosa....all of them native. I am not sure which one mine might be, but sure love the delicate white blooms. They are similar to the little bells of the native Vaccinium and Pieris japonica.
You might remember the Aesculus pavia Red Buckeye trees (six inch tall) I brought with me from Virginia. I have nurtured these little guys for the last three years....this year one of them put forth a flower stalk. This is a great tree to have in your garden as it is one of the early bloomers that attract hummingbirds.
Hoping next year that the second one will put up a flower stalk as well.
Another red trumpet flower that attracts the hummingbirds this time of year is the native honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens. I cut this one back hard last year to replace the support it was growing on with a larger one. Didn't seem to bother it too much, there are lots of flowers.
Two deciduous azaleas in the garden have been blooming in the last few weeks. This one is Rhododendron x 'Tallulah Sunrise'
A new one this year is Rhododendron x 'Lemon Lights' Sure glad this one bloomed, my other yellow one, 'Admiral Semmes' hasn't bloomed this year....looks like the flower buds were nibbled.
This time of year in the South the non-native Wisteria are blooming...those that are taking over the landscape... can you say invasive? I am a sucker for purple blooms....so when I found this native Wisteria, I tried to figure out where I could plant it, finally deciding along the driveway. Meet Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'. More on this one when these buds open!
There are other vines blooming in the woods now, this is one I had hoped to find on my property, but so far no luck. This one is on the property a couple lots over. Bignonia capreolata, Crossvine...another trumpet shaped bloom frequented by those cute little hummingbirds.
This find in my front woods is a nice surprise...I believe it to be Amelanchier arborea, Serviceberry. Maybe it is not... but for now that is my ID. Any other ideas as to its identification?
When taking the dogs for a walk I always have my eyes open-- never know what little blooms will come into view. This is a Sisyrinchium albidum, White blue-eyed grass. We have the Blue-eyed grass growing here as well, though right now it is the white one blooming.
Today before we went out on the boat I was pulling weeds (lots of them!) along the bank. I came upon a new flower, a mystery. I have never seen this blooming in my yard before. The petals are shiny and the foliage looks like flat leaf parsley. Any ideas? I like these little surprises. Hope it comes back again next year.
For those of you who are interested in more native plants and wildflowers, head over to Gail's blog- Clay and Limestone for Wildflower Wednesday. I know I have learned a lot from her posts....and those who also participate in the Wildflower postings.
You never know who is eating bugs in your garden.....Eastern Fence Lizard-- make sure you don't use pesticides.