Philadelphia Flower Show and this is what its grown into. Of course you can't tell from the picture that the plant is ~5 feet high and three feet across, nor can you tell that these fruit aren't edible. They aren't. And they don't dry! They're just decorative?...for a little while.
I'm not going to go all Wilt Chamberlain and claim that I've seen? 20,000 (40,000?) nipples, but between National Geographic, the peep shows (just kidding), and my own limited experiences I've seen a few and these fruit don't bear any particular resemblance to any that I can, at present, call to mind. Still....I'm old and I've forgotten many things.
It's surely an interesting plant and I'm glad to have grown it. I'm going to save seed, and Brad tells me that he will too but I suspect neither of us will be growing it again any time soon!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Now for the positives: they are at least 10 times as fast as a rake; they can blow leaves out from places that would be destroyed by raking; because of their speed, it becomes reasonable to walk through a garden once or twice a week and quickly make it presentable (when you're raking an area because it takes so much longer there is either a temptation or a necessity to limit yourself to one or two visits a year to any particular area. Over those 2,3,4 weeks, the laws of thermodynamics work against you. The leaves gradually settle into positions of lowest potential energy. They flatten themselves against the ground, become wedged into small spaces, stuck on spines or prickles, glued together by water or fungal hyphae....and every time it rains they get heavier. Despite all the negatives it's easy to see why we choose to use blowers.
But wait! there's hope for the future. Every year brings new models that are lighter, quieter, and less polluting. Sometimes technology does good things.
Posted by ChrisU at 3:40 PM
Thursday, November 5, 2009
This plant sits alone in a triangle of pachysandra where the path to the Garden Club of America Circle branches off the main path to the Chimonanthus overlook gracefully occupying the open space created by that junction.
Posted by ChrisU at 3:10 PM
Joan transplants Shortia....after some growing on, they'll get planted out in Fern Valley...wow! they grow up so quickly!
As a point of interest, there aren't many recorded instances of Shortia propagation by seed. Additionally, this significantly increases the amount germplasm in the ex situ populations of an endangered species.
Posted by ChrisU at 2:54 PM
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
All parties were cheerful and worked unceasingly. They were wonderful people and I think that there are various types of activitie they could help with in the gardens. They certainly took suggestions better and more to heart than most of us do. One time I mentioned that loading the branches with the butt towards the cab made for a better load. From that point to the end of the job, that's how the branches went in. Except for Neal's. While I have serious doubts as to whether more than a couple of them could ever successfully "mainstream" into the job market, the bottom line is that we got a lot more work done Wednesday because they were here.
Posted by ChrisU at 7:05 PM
Posted by ChrisU at 2:58 AM