Flowering Fun

Enjoy the pictures--I'm not sure I know what most of these are!

This photograph was taken about two weeks ago at the National Arboretum. I have no clue what this plant is, but the poofy flowers are crazy! I like the colour of the bush and how the flowers are on the end of long sticks that seem to splay out all willy-nilly.

I can't deny it, my Datura is one of my big pleasures at Mr. Yogato. This is after the removal of the leaves with leaf miners, but the plant still looks lush, full, and exploding with flowerbuds that will be blooming one night soon! Also in this picture, you can see some strawberry plants doing pretty well, the peanut plant establishing itself, and the Alternanthera and marigolds hanging out.

The ornamental sweet potato in the Mr. Yogato garden is flowering! I thought it would be just pretty, colourful foliage, but if it wants to add extra beauty, I will not discourage it from doing so. Sweet potatoes are related to morning glories, so the flowers are generally, well, pretty nice.

This is the south-ish side of the garden on Dupont Circle, tended by two guys whose names I can't recall at the moment. I think it's Dave and Steve or something like that, but when I went yesterday after the market, the sign was gone and I think there was a new plant or something. It's a wonderful garden, and absolutely full of picture-taking opportunities throughout the year. It's also great to know that even in such an amazingly high-traffic area, a garden can thrive and be maintained, offering a beautious sight for all those road-ragers to enjoy while honking at other cars during daily rush-hour traffic.

I have no idea what flower this is in the Dupont garden. It's in a spike on a plant with highly serrated leaves (I would say "weed-like" leaves). They're pretty cool, and, y'know, purple, so that's a big plus!

This coneflower from the Dupont garden seems so wispy and preoccupied, like one of those beautiful young archaeologists who is so absorbed in their newest finding, but it's okay, because the disheveled hair and dirt all over their hands and clothes makes them that much more attractive. That's what I see here. If that little petal didn't do it's flip, I might have seen just another flower, but it has character and shines through the rest of the group. To those of us, at least, who appreciate a little disorder.

I didn't know what this one was (also from Dupont garden) until I got the weekly newsletter this morning from Dave's Garden with a photo that looked something like this. This lantana! And if I don't post it here, I will never remember the name of this plant, ever. It does have the benefit of being an interesting flower--I like the orange halo around the pink/red centre.

Lily! I know the name of this one, too! I found it on P Street while walking to Mr. Yogato (of course). All the different varieties of lilies in the area are getting started. I wonder how the ones in my mom's yard are doing? The plant tag said it needed lots and lots of sunlight, but this one is under the shade of a large tree and seems to be doing fine. I know nothing about lily varieties; I'll assume that's what's going on here, with a shade-tolerant lily.

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6 Responses to Flowering Fun

  1. I think your first picture is Purple Smoke Bush - Cotinus Coggygria - it's one of my favorites.

    I have no idea what the purple spiky flower is...it's cool though.

    I completely love your disheveled coneflower. What a rebel!

    I like the lantana, too. And it comes in all sorts of colors. I have a purple+yellow trailing variety in my garden. Up north it's grown as an annual, but I guess in the south it's a horribly invasive weed. What a pity.

    I think most lilies are so resilient that they can tolerate almost any light conditions. So although they prefer full sun, being stuck under a tree isn't going to stop them! Lilies rock!

  2. Something to keep in mind w/r/t the Lantana: they can be overwintered. Not sure how hard it is, but we did it last year with one at work, so I know it's technically possible. I'm planning on trying to overwinter one myself, this next winter, so we'll see how it goes in just a house.

  3. What fun!
    Can't quite decide whether the cone flower is licking its lips or scratching its head :-)

    The plant above it looks like Acanthus, a.k.a. Bear's Britches. Very tall and the deeply cut leaves you describe. Prickly.
    You like purple, do you? Never have guessed :-)

    The first one: I agree with Erin, and yet it looks very different from my Smoke bush, where the plumes are yellowish brown, not such a lovely deep chocolate colour.

  4. I love the flowers and the way you show them! gardening is one of my biggest passions. Beth www.iflorist.co.uk

  5. Ha! Discovery! Thank you for the IDs, Erin and Jo!

    Erin, also, Gynura aurantiaca (Purple Velvet Plant) is horribly invasive in Florida, but my little Barton is so attractive--I think as long as invasives are at least pretty, then they're alright. Until they start causing fights with the peas.

    Both Cotinus coggygria and Acanthus seem to come in a great array of colours. The C. coggygria at the National Arboretum are the best specimens I've seen (after a Google image search). But, then, it's the National Arboretum.

    Rosengeranium and Beth, thanks for your compliments. There's no dearth of pretty flowers in DC right now!

    Mr. S, let us know how that works out. And if it can grow indoors during the summer as well. If so, I might get one--I wonder if there are any purple-ringed ones with orange on the inside?



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