Random Notes From The Front Garden
Aside from the Jolly Yellow Giants, there are a few other goings on in the Front Garden.
It took a long time, but the Prairie Spurge (Euphorbia corollata – aka Prairie Baby’s Breath) is filling in and starting to self-sow. That’s fine with me, as long as it doesn’t overcome the Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) or the Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis) in the Lamppost Bed.
Earlier this spring I transplanted a Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) from the back garden, where it had been just languishing – not blooming at all. I wonder why? Not enough sun? Anyhow, it’s now near the Clematis jackmanii, against the brick landing of the front door, facing west. It was slow to emerge, but tt must be happier now, because it thanked me with a few flowers. More to come next year, I hope.
Oh, and I just discovered that it’s a host plant for Spring Azure butterflies!
The Alliums are having an ok year. They got pounded down a bit by all the rain in May and June, then crisped a bit by the very dry July. This is a mix of Allium lusitanicum ‘Summer Beauty’ and the native Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum).
Both are loved by pollinators, though. I caught one Red Admiral and two honeybees in this picture.
You knew I’d have to slip in a Monarch Butterfly.
Here’s a clump of just the Nodding Onion.
Closer look at Nodding Onion flower.
Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) used to have a major presence in the Driveway Border, then it went into decline. A big reason must have been defoliation by Four-Lined Plant Bugs. Though I took no aggressive action, the FLPB numbers are now greatly reduced, and the Anise Hyssop is making a recovery. I like to the think that all the beneficial insects got the FLPBs under control.
Speaking of pests, I have aphids on my Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). Little yellow aphids. Just on one of the plants (the tallest one) along the stems just below the flowers. I’ve heard people complain about aphids on Milkweed, but this is the first time I’ve had that problem. A couple of times I put on gloves and just wiped the stems. Didn’t do much good, and made a mess. For now I’m just going to wait for the problem to fix itself.
After the ‘Conca d’Or’ Lilies were done, the ‘Casa Blanca’ started to bloom. Problem is you can’t see them from the sidewalk because they are hidden by Bee Balm (Monarda didyma). Unlike ‘Conca d’Or’, ‘Casa Blanca’ isn’t tall enough to tower above the Bee Balm.
Speaking of Bee Balm, the last of my Monardas to bloom is ‘Purple Rooster’, which I think is a hybrid of M. dydima and Wild Bergamot (M. fistulosa).
Oh, and we’ve come to the end of our Daylily season. ‘Aye-yi-yi’ is done. The one above is called ‘Egyptian Spice’.
And these were the last of ‘Chicago Apache’.
That’s all for now. Happy gardening!