Wordless Wednesday: I giardini delle due donne

Climbing Monkshood (Aconitum episcopale) grown from seed.
Staghorn Fern (Platycerium) in its new home.
Pink Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua) grown from seed. Sadly the plant was eaten a bit this year.
The backyard.
Tradescantia ‘Bridal Veil’.
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis).
Fuchsia ‘Celia Smedley’.
Unknown Rosa.
Unknown cabbage (Brassica).
Notorious female feline.
Potted geraniums (Pelargonium), with St. Francis statuary, at the home of an Italian woman.

Fall’s 3 Muses: Aconitum, Anemone, Aster


I always find myself wanting more and more of these three plants every September, and yet for some reason, every year, I forget to add new members to their ranks.

Aconitum columbianum. Plant grown from seed.
This year I actually subtracted from our Anemones by ridding the backyard of the weedy, tall, and white ‘Honorine Jobert’. When a plant begins pushing me around, I have to step up and tell it to, “Step off.” That Anemone stepped off alright, and stepped right into the yard debris bin.
Luckily I have this other little beauty to look at right now and it isn’t taking over 1/4 of my garden like the other one did.
Anemone hupenhensis var. Japonica. Purchased plant.

Then there are the Asters. Am I the only one here that thinks there are too many to keep track of? Don’t they begin to all look and sound alike? I just cannot tell them apart, besides, I forget far more of them than I remember.

I think this one I will remember though. It is new to our garden this year and I grew it from seed. I almost threw it away before I left for California because I thought it was maybe a weed. I am so glad now that I let it stay! It is a North American native too.

Aster azureus, Aster oolentangiensi, or Symphyotrichum oolentangiensis. Plant grown from seed.
I thought I would add that my Ikebana a Day project on my other blog is going well. I am still assessing the value it’s having upon my day-to-day affairs, and so far, it seems to have been a great idea.
Soon I will be beginning Ikebana classes and that will improve the quality of my work and the attention I will be able to pay to my materials. So far, the arrangements have been based upon availability and ease and I want that to change. The pieces have felt a lot like sketches and that has been a fun way to warm up for the rest of the year. Overall, I truly want to see if this practice will make me feel better and, in a way, it already seems to be keeping me happier.

For some reason I am really behind on the written copy for the other blog—since I should explain what I am up to in greater depth—but I will get to that soon. I still have 11.5 months left, right? A Year of Ikebana. (I think it has to do with collecting seeds. I have been dramatically slowed down by that annual process!)