A Gardening Year

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Friday, August 03, 2007

The Weirdness Chronicles 2007 - Chapter 8

Liatris is normally a sun-loving plant. In my yard, where nothing is ever normal, it is a shade-loving plant. I have both purple and white clumps brightening up my shade garden. For some reason this year one clump of purple liatris has stunted flowers. They weren't stunted in previous years. Both the white liatris right next to it and the purple clump on the other side of the birdbath have normal flower stalks. Fortunately, the butterflies don't seem to mind. They have been enjoying all my liatris this year, both big and small.

10 Comments:

At 2:08 AM, Blogger LostRoses said...

Well, they still look pretty anyway! I feel bad that I can't even see my liatris, thanks to the rampant growth of nicotiana sylvestris. Say, maybe you ought to try them along that green fence? They would certainly rival it in height.

 
At 11:29 AM, Blogger kate said...

That is a strange thing - I wonder what caused your Liatris to be stunted. The odd thin is that it is only one plant. I need more Liatris in my garden!

 
At 12:28 AM, Blogger OldRoses said...

LostRoses, you are so right about the nicotiana and I did try to grow it along The Ugly Green Fence. It was one of the annuals that got shaded out by the Canterbury Bells that wouldn't die. I'm going to try again next year.

Kate, Liatris spreads like wildfire in my yard so you certainly won't have to buy more. Just wait for it to spread!

 
At 10:02 AM, Blogger Naturegirl said...

I am finding ~strange happenings~ in my garden this summer also!! I suppose I should trust in Mother Nature and just go with ~her flow!~
Happy gardening...another month and we'll be posting harvest! hugs NG

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger Digital Flower Pictures said...

I didn't know Liatris grew in shade. Thanks for the tip as I am always looking for new shade plants.

 
At 12:27 PM, Blogger Curtis said...

I'd say as long as they are thriving. It's all good! Too bad your purple Liatris is stunted but it is still pretty.

 
At 1:35 AM, Anonymous chigiy at Gardeners Anonymous said...

Every time I see a post about Liatris especially pretty ones like yours, I want to go to the nursery and buy some.
Happy GTS.

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger Connie said...

I love my purple liatris...and now you have inspired me to try the white next year!

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger Matron said...

Hi there, from Middlesex, England. I was interested to see your hyacinth bean teepee. I obtained some beans from USA last year and I am growing some in my garden this year. So far so good. Are they edible?

 
At 2:31 AM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Matron, as far as I know, hyacinth beans are edible but they are grown mainly as a decorative vine. The flowers are lovely. I hope yours are doing well. Mine were a bust this year. Oh well, there's always next year!

 

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