FoxgloveFoxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

  • Foxglove is biennial plant, which means that it completes its life cycle in two years.
  • Name “foxglove” refers to the shape of flowers. They look like gloves for fingers that perfectly fit the paws of foxes and other small animals

 

 

may blooms by Butterfly strollFuzzy deutzia (Deutzia scabra)

  • Fuzzy deutzia probably got its name from its slightly sandpapery-feeling leaves since the Latin word for “rough” is “scabr.”
  • Deutzia is named after the 18th century Dutch patron of botany, Johann van der Deutz.
  • Native to eastern and central Asia, Central America and Europe.

 

red lilys along butterfly strollAmaryllis (Hippeastrum sp.)

  • Properly cared for, an amaryllis plant can live for 75 years!
  • Amaryllis reproduce by growing “daughter” bulbs next to the “mother” bulbs.
  • It takes three to five years for a daughter bulb to reach a marketable size.
  • Amaryllis means to sparkle in Greek. Hippeastrum is derived from the Greek words for horse and star.

Greek mythology brings us the story of Amaryllis, a love-struck maiden who longed for the handsome but cold-hearted Alteo. Desperate to win his love, she pierced her heart with a golden arrow and then visited his cottage daily, shedding drops of blood along the way. On the thirtieth day, beautiful scarlet flowers bloomed along the path. Alteo was enamored, Amaryllis’ heart was healed, and our favorite holiday bloom got its name. That is, until it was reclassified in the 1800s under the genus hippeastrum.

BlueClematis ‘Roguchi’

  • Clematis (KLEM-uh-tis) is a genus of flowering plants native to China and Japan belonging to the Ranunculus family.
  • Clematis vines are flexible, which makes them perfect for making wreaths.
  • The name Clematis comes from the Greek word “klematis,” meaning vine.

 

day lily parking lotDaylily ‘Happy returns’

  • These plants are native to Asia and central Europe.
  • Individual flowers open for one day. Mildly fragrant.
  • Daylilies can survive many harsh conditions that other plants cannot including: polluted city environments, slopes, poor and dry soils, near pavement that is salted in winter, and under Black Walnut trees

 

Photos by: Thomas Keever