‘Tis the season of the fall blooming Anemone hupehensis. Found at a farmer’s market in a small pot several years ago, labeled as A. ‘Prinz Heinrich’, it is now believed to not be that cultivar. But whatever the name, this bed of pinky purple, for the one has become many, is more full of blossoms than ever before. These small bumble type bees are mad for it. Added: Thanks to an alert and intelligent reader, my dear friend Victoria, the name of this Anemone is most likely A. hupehensis ‘Praecox’. Thank you, Victoria, and look out, Gail and I might take you up on your offer someday!
Trying to capture the image of the busy bees proved to be too much for my abilities and the point and shoot camera, for these were the fastest moving little pollen jockeys ever. They preferred the flowers that had just opened or even those that were not fully unfurled. The pollen must be of a higher quality in the younger blooms.
Nearby, a patch of toad lilies, Tricyrtis ‘Empress’ looks ravishing in the shady nook by the pond. Japanese beech fern, Phegopteris decursive-pinnata, hmm, I smell a name change, is its partner here, they bring out the best in each other.
This little cutie has been shown before, but remains in bloom yet another month. There is a lot of personality to the bat faced Cuphea llavea. Cuttings will be attempted soon to try to winter over this USDA Zone 9 hardy plant.
Pulling back for a longer view, this time across the middle terrace, the tall ironweed, Vernonia gigantea has been allowed to seed about for more of a mass planting. These were cut down by more than half in May to keep the height down to a manageable six feet. Just beyond can be seen the pink muhly, Muhlenbergia capillaris coming into bloom.
Solidago sphacelata ‘Golden Fleece’ is a ground cover type of goldenrod that looks good cascading down the slight slope of the Black Garden into the Gravel Garden. The turning foliage of Crocosmia ‘George Davison’ makes a good color echo. A daylily seedpod has spilled its treasure already. Perhaps a wonderful new cultivar will arise from it.
This, the newest lady’s slipper orchid, Paphiopedilum ‘Pinocchio’ has been blooming since it arrived fully budded on Februay 5, 2013. It was ordered from my favorite orchid dealer, Carter and Holmes in Newberry, South Carolina. It looks like there is one more bud, too. Soon all the orchids will receive the dip of death, click here for the story, before being brought inside to winter over in the greenhouse/sunroom.
Not a flower, but surely as pretty as one, this immature male summer tanager was spotted in the dogwood tree. This is a first sighting for me, and what a handsome fellow he is. He will be solid red when mature, but for now matches the turning leaves on the dogwood tree.
To see what else is blooming on Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day in the world wide blogdom, check out my friend Carol of May Dreams Garden’s list of links.