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Thursday 13 May 2010 - Filed under Plants

arisaema utile,  polygonatum, syneilesis, mukdenia, Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
My jack in the pulpit that had been deemed obscene by a passer-by when it was in the shoot stage, now has fully leafed out, and has a black striped flower. It has actually looked good for 3 weeks now, even after a windy day knocked it over with a flying plant box and I had to replant. Not true with the other large Arisaema I bought at the HPSO sale. It leafed out small, pale, and sickly looking, but at least there’s one biggo.

Trachycarpus fortunei flowers
Big odd Trachycarpus fortunei flowers.

Disporum cantoniense 'Night Heron'
I wish I could figure out how to capture just how beautiful Disporum cantoniense ‘Night Heron’ is. I can’t get a photo to do it justice. The arching stems stand 5′ tall, with delicate blackish pointed leaves. The whole thing is covered in dangling greenish white flowers

disporum "night heron"
I had hoped a night shot would help show off the disporum a little better. You can see how the flowers light up against the dark foliage. It still doesn’t show off the graceful shape. Some day I’m going to figure out what it takes to show it off properly.

paeonia seed pod
Screen shot 2010-05-13 at 7.48.46 AM
I like the left over seed pods on the species peony. But they also remind me of fraggles more than a little.

Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
I lost the battle trying to keep Antriscus sylvestris ravenswing from blooming, but I’ll try to get them out of there before they go to seed. I have about a dozen plants that seeded from my original 3 nursery plants, that ought to be enough for now.

2010-05-13  »  megan

Talkback x 7

  1. Patricia C, Portland, OR
    13 May 2010 @ 7:20 am

    I NEED that Disporum cantoniense ‘Night Heron’!

  2. Loree / danger garden
    13 May 2010 @ 8:39 am

    Is the Disporum the one I said “If you ever see it again in a nursery get one for me!”…and you did, and you kept it? If so you are a meany pants! :)

    Love your Trachycarpus fortunei flowers and feel fortunate to be able to enjoy my neighbors…since mine is too small to flower.

  3. Laura
    13 May 2010 @ 8:43 am

    This is my first year growing Jack & the Pulpit, and I love it! Although I admit a few bad jokes came to mind when I bought it and looked at it’s new shoots.

    I hope you do figure out how best to take a picture of the Night Heron. It sound wild! And the seed pods, very fraggle rock. I’m also inclined to make the Bee Balm & Animal (from the Muppets) comparison. Just to keep the Jim Henson thing going ;)

  4. hari
    13 May 2010 @ 9:55 am

    Hey there Megan, if you still want to unload some of that Anthriscus I am totally game… and where did you get the Disporum??

  5. ricki - sprig to twig
    17 May 2010 @ 2:03 pm

    Some things just must be observed first hand. That said, you managed to show off ‘night heron’ well enough to instill a desperate desire to find and own one.

  6. Grace
    18 May 2010 @ 1:05 pm

    Hi Megan~~ A nice leafy tableau in that first shot. Who’d a thunk leaves could have so many pleasing shapes?

    I just saw and photographed the Trachycarpus flowers too. Interesting to say the least.

  7. Karen
    18 May 2010 @ 10:04 pm

    Wow, that is quite a gallery of wild plant shapes! Love the “fraggle” seedpod. For the disporum, could you put a big sheet of posterboard of some flattering color behind it and try to photo it that way? Too goofy, maybe. It does look amazing, from what you show. Some plants seem to want to keep their charms for in-person admiring, instead of photos, though, in my experience.