Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Lemon Meringue and Green and Gold in the Garden

Today is overcast with a gentle rain which is much needed for the vegetable garden and perennials. I have a few photos from the garden to share and news about my giveaway. One week ago I announced the winner and emailed her, but not hearing back during this time I feel it is only fair to draw another name. The WaterDots company is waiting to mail out the product to the winner and the randomly generated name today is.........Linda from Crafty Gardener.   Linda, please email me your mailing address so we can get the WaterDots to you to try.
How many of you grow baptisia? A wildflower native to the prairies of North America, they're also known as False Indigo and Wild Indigo.  Once planted, it's recommended they not be moved as they resent being disturbed after establishing. I have moved mine, and if you dig deep to get as many roots as possible, the clump will slowly come back to being a robust plant.
A new addition to my side yard prairie garden is 'Lemon Meringue' and I really like the yellow flowered variety. Baptisia is a cousin to lupines, and the similarity of the flowers is evident below. 
A few years back variegated plants became a hot trend and I realized that I have quite a few green and gold leaved plants. These are only a few and represent three hostas, hakonechloa grass, and the shrub viburnum lantana.

21 comments:

  1. Although I don't remember the name, I think I just saw this flower in the gardening centre. It was a rust colour and that's what grabbed my attention. It's quite pretty. Judith I'm very excited to tell you that I planted a lavender 'hedge' last weekend following your tips here on your blog. We removed some tired old shrubs (hard labour!) and put the pea gravel down and then the lavender. So far, so good. Today's rain is perfect for all my new plants :) Wendy x

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  2. I like the name as much as the colour of the False Indigo. I've seen it but never grown it. So much to learn!

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  3. Lovely post, Judith. I really like your Yellow Meringue!!

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  4. Ohhhh...the yellow meringue is so pretty...it would look pretty in my "hot" garden with the red bolero lilies.

    I have never seen nor heard of the blue flower. It looks quite dramatic.

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  5. I have never tried growing Baptista but both varieties you have are great!!!...:)JP

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  6. Never heard of baptisia it is so pretty and dainty..

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  7. Dear Judith,
    thank you so much for this post. I didn't grow them until now!!!! They look great and as you mention they are like lupines they supposed to be also good for the soil! Thank you so much for the good advice!!! I learnd a lot!
    All the best from Austria and
    sunny days
    Elisabeth

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  8. I don't think I have ever seen either one of these but they are both lovely. Purples and yellows compliment each other perfectly!

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  9. They are both beautiful flowers and colors! Thanks for sharing your pretties! Have a happy day!

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  10. I have not seen those flowers before but they are lovely. Such bright colors, they would cheer up any garden.

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  11. Hi Judith. Things are looking lovely in your garden and we are having the same weather as you today. Yes, I have a false indigo and I adore it. It looks so lovely cut as well. I received it as a gift from a friend's garden a few hears ago. I didn't know about not moving it so I will not. Mine is getting crowded by a sage of some type now, so I shall move the sage on the fall!

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  12. I always love it when you share gardening information here. That 'Lemon Meringue' sounds like something that would be nice in a tea garden just because of the name!

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  13. Yes we grow the Baptisia here in our garden, the blue one. Nevertheless it is not a very common garden plant here in The Netherlands.

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  14. I was expecting a post about pie :) oh, wait, that's lemon meringue haha. Lovely flowers, Judith.

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  15. Your baptisia is lovely, Judith. I have a purple one but not a lemon meringue. Your garden is really coming to life after the long winter. Yay!
    Hugs, Beth

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  16. I've not grown baptisia. It's beautiful, Judith, and I like how you presented it in such an attractive way.

    Congratulations to Linda; I'm sure she'll put her gift to good use!

    Karen

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  17. I have long called the yellow flower wild pea. It grows in the mountain here, and I have a bit in my center garden. Very pretty flowers. And another lucky winner by default.Congratulations to her.

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  18. This looks like another great perennial for my garden. I'm trying to fill it with lots of blues. Baptisia - I'll be looking out for it.

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  19. Very pretty and I love to see a gold/yellow in the garden. It really brightens things up.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  20. Baptisia grows well here but I do need to move some newly volunteered plants as they are getting bigger.

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