Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Wednesday, June 15th

Temperature:c7am - 70F, 12pm - 82F
Weather Conditions: Mostly overcast with some sunshine and the odd shower

Well, compared to the last few days, today is wonderful! The humidity and temperatures seem to have dropped and there's a really nice breeze all around, hope it lasts a while!

Have been out front ALL morning where I have been raking the weeds out of my neighbours front bed to make it look all nice and presentable, unfortunately there isn't any mulch that I can put down. I have put some Snapdragons (I think!) which I had WS and that were in pots in the space immediately in front of the Holly Tree, hopefully they will get nice and big and bloom beautifully - SOON! I also sowed some "Gold Dust" Alyssum like I have on my side which will present nice colour with the Tulips next spring. I also transplanted some Sweet Basil into the front bed as I didn't want it to go to waste, hopefully I'll end up with a nice crop for the winter!

I have just found out from my Garden Talk buddies what my two mystery flowers / plants are:

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This first one (above) is a "Siberian Wallflower" (Cheiranthus allionii) which turns out to be a "native" plant

"These are evergreen, semiwoody plants from the Canary Isles, Madeira, and the Mediterranean region. They belong to the Mustard family, Cruciferae. Cheiranthus (Wallflowers) have vertical, branching stems, 1/2 to 3 feet high. In the spring they bear spikes of beautiful and often fragrant flowers. Though they are perennials, they are often treated as biennials and are raised from seed every year......The Siberian Wallflower, C. Allionii, may be orange or yellow and are produced abundantly in April and May. Even though the Siberian Wallflower is usually known in gardens as C. Allionii, botanists have the opinion that it's actually an Erysimum. They consider it a product of E. asperum, a native American species. The Siberian Wallflower is hardier than the English kind. The Alpine Wallflowers may be yellow, orange-yellow, or purplish. These are great for growing in well-drained, light soil in the rock garden....."

This second one is "Crown Vetch" (Coronilla varia) and as beautiful as I think it looks its actually very invasive, being compared to Creep Charlie, Barrenwort etc...

"Crown vetch is an herbaceous perennial legume with creeping stems 2-6 feet long, and leaves consisting of 15-25 pairs of oblong leaflets. This species has a reclining growth habit and rhizomes that can grow up to ten feet long, thus contributing to rapid and extensive vegetative spread. Flower clusters range in color from pinkish-lavender to white, occur in umbels on long, extended stalks, and bloom from May through August. Flowers produce long, narrow pods containing slender seeds. Crown vetch (also known as "trailing crown vetch") is an exotic perennial frequently used as a ground cover for erosion control and as a green fertilizer crop. It is used as a bank stabilizer along roads and waterways. The plant's original habitat includes Europe, southeast Asia and northern Africa. The plant's distribution in the U.S. encompasses most of the northern U.S. east of South Dakota."