yellow flowers

I’m going to tell  you about two more yellow flowers that are found in my garden. Let’s start with the one that I am always distressed to find, the Italian Arum Lily, which is a noxious weed. 😦 These plants have come back into the new garden even more heartily than they grew in the old, probably because they can reproduce by means of cormlets, and I imagine those pieces of rootstock got scattered in all the rearranging of dirt while landscaping. P1040386 Italian Arum Lily

This picture is one I took just last week when I was finally getting to the weeds after prolonged rain. I don’t like to let them get to the point of flowering, but I did pull this one before the seeds formed. The seeds are not likely to be nearly as effective at spreading this weed as the cormlets, though, because they are few, and easy to prevent.

The pleasing non-weed yellow flower is the Jerusalem Sage. I have three of these that were planted so as to look nice against the hopbushes, and now that they are blooming, we can see that the two plants do indeed complement one another.

 

P1040376 jer sage & hopbush crp

I planted a red helianthemum nearby, and it doesn’t look bad, either!

3 thoughts on “yellow flowers

  1. So interesting how a different climate changes so much! I tried to grow the Italian Arum but it died out quickly…Never flowered…And I have always wanted Phlomis fruticosa ever since I noticed them in Christopher Lloyd’s writings. Only ever seen it in person when my D.E. Stevenson group met in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2010 and we stayed in University housing and their really interesting plantings included this. A garden is always a great joy and challenge! “The triumph of optimism over experience” was a phrase that always made me smile…

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    1. I had already forgotten that some people actually want Italian Arum Lily. I was just reading an article by someone who grows it in Maine and “wouldn’t garden without it.” I’m afraid I will never garden without it, either 😦

      My garden optimism grows by the year, the fruit of decades of trial and error, and seeing how plants that are suited to their environment will thrive — so if something dies, I usually am smart enough now to try another plant instead!

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  2. Well, I think the lily is very beautiful, but I do understand about plants that take over the garden. I have columbine (which I love) that will take over an entire flower bed if you let it. Same with hollyhocks.

    I do like the look of the Jerusalem Sage and the hops with the helianthemum in the forefront. It’s going to be fun to watch your garden as it grows and blooms.

    An old gardener friend once told me that he never felt like he “knew everything” despite his many years gardening, but that everything he did was an experiment. I agree!

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