These are my observations about gardens, people, and outdoor miscellany. I live in Durham, North Carolina.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
purple is not my favorite color BUT
It is hard not to like the Ironweeds. They really do look like "weeds" if your definition of a weed is something tall and not quick to flower. Veronia noveboracensis is one of those 6-8 foot tall stalks that sometimes falls over and sometimes dies back after a couple of years. So it might not make a bestseller list. But if something looks good in September; naturalizes in dry and wet soil; attracts birds, bugs and butterflies; and has a super cool villainous name.....then, sign me up for a start. It is one of two wildflowers that Charles Frazier mentions more than once in Cold Mountain. I am not sure why I remember that.... (the other is Joe Pye weed).
from my yard
From the Golden Nature Guide "Flowers: A Guide to Familiar American Wildflowers" Golden Press, 1964.
This site is mostly about ornamental horticulture. But I hope to appeal to both non-gardeners and green thumbs.
Sometimes I may hammer out something about Durham neighborhoods, growing vegetables, or Nature. But chances are, most of my posts will be observations about different landscapes I encounter: a tree here, a bush there, some rumored bulbs in an abandoned garden somewhere else.
I have been living and gardening in zone 7 since the fall of 2004. This time in the garden has turned out to be a mostly zone 8 experience. Global warming may not be great for the polar ice-caps but maybe it has been part of what's kept my lantana and gardenias safe over the last few winters?
I am not a hard-core environmentalist or strict organic gardener but I do like native plants as well as my shrinking lawn.
I love old fashioned pass-along plants and the stories they hold.
Unless otherwise credited, Victor Gordon is responsible for all the writing and photography here.