Creating a wildlife haven one plant at a time

Friday, April 30, 2010


The Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) is the most common wildflower in the Eastern United States. Typically found in meadows or woodland areas the flower has 3 petals with 6 stamen which bloom in the morning. If the sun gets too strong the blooms will close. The flower only blooms once and then dies but the good news is that each stem produces over 20 flowers that bloom at different times. The scientific name is named after John Tradescant, the gardener for King Charles I of England, who brought the seed to America from England.

The blue flowers really pop against the green, grass-like foliage. I have planted these in my woodland garden where they get some early morning sun and the blooms last all day. These plants were transplanted from my in-laws farm in Southern Mississippi last year. They have acclimated to the Georgia soil and are thriving in their new location and are continuously producing new flowers.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The dazzling beauty of the iris

My bearded irises are in full bloom and it reminds me of one of my favorite painters, Vincent Van Gogh. He was a master at capturing the dazzling beauty of the iris. However, this perennial is no prima donna. They are hardy and vigorous with flamboyant flowers. The upright petals act as colorful flags to attract pollinating insects while the downward curving petals (or falls) function as a landing pad. The yellow blotches and veining are a guide that directs the insect to the nectar while the fuzzy beard attached to the falls help the pollinator hang on once there. Here I have tried to capture the various parts of the flower in its most basic form.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Enjoying spring in my garden

It has been so busy in the garden the past few weeks I haven't actually posted anything for some time. Today we are having rain, rain & more rain so it is a good time to take a look at all that has been going on. Everyday is bringing new foliage, flowers and the promise of more to follow.

Lady Banks climbing rose Rosa banksiae

Swallowtail on Emerald Cushion Blue Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata

Yellow Columbine Aquilegia chrysantha

Star of Bethlehem Ornithogalum umbellatum

Mulberry Ruffles Lavender with bee

Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis

Blue Columbine Aquilegia dichroa