Echium vulgare

by Summer
(Molalla, Oregon)

 Echium vulgare and bumblebee

Echium vulgare and bumblebee

When I started gardening about 6 years ago, I wanted something to fill in a spot quickly. I bought a big jumble packet of "Blue Garden" seeds, having no idea what was what. I just sowed it, stood back and waited to see what would happen.


What happened was that about 85% of the listed varieties did not come up, and instead I had an immense bed of very beautiful, very weedy, and very invasive, Echium vulgare.

I didn't even know what it was called then, I just know it took me 2 years to eradicate it, when my garden plan became a little more sophisticated.

Even so, this Bumblebee seemed to enjoy it very much.

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To Moni-two less common recommended blue flowers
by: Ferne, Kamloops

To Moni,
I have a large collection of blue flowers in a dry 5B zone. If you are looking for more and haven't tried a large flowered perennial Scabiosa, (Pin Cushion Flower), I can highly recommend that one. There is more than one type, so you will have to check the variety. I deadhead it so it will bloom from mid summer right into September most years. Very graceful and easy to grow. Another favourite is "Monch" Aster. Showy lavender blue, mid-tall daisies galore from mid summer to late fall and also extremely easy....just keeps on bloomin'. Doesn't seed but both can be easily divided.

Beautiful blue
by: Moni

Blue flowers are not easy to find in the garden. Glad to know this is invasive. I was looking at purchasing an Echium but it was not hardy in zone 5. Perhaps that is a good thing and would be another blue flower for me to plant. I love cool blue flowers.

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Ruffle cluster

by GardenJoy
(Kingston ON)

Anemone .. it is amazing to see the different textures inside a flower head .. this one is surprising !

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Jack Frost Brunnera

by GardenJoy
(Kingston ON)

I absolutely love this brunnera .. I had been hunting it down for 2 years and finally did the deed this year. It is more than wortht he effort !

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Love brunneras!!!
by: Sue

I love both the "typical" brunnera and the great new variety Jack Frost!
I have the best luck with the old-fashioned ones on the NorthWest corner of my house under a small Korean Spice viburnum. Every year my brother-in law asks for more brunnera for his wooded lot and I always have lots of "babies" to share. I cut off the spent flowers and stems and any dead foliage after the spring bloom. I only water when the plants look droopy.
My Jack Frost is doing very well in partial shade on the South side of the house. I have found they do best with some protection from the building. This summer I have 1 offshoot from the Jack Frost! It is unfortunate that it is hard to find locally and seems to be not so prolific in the garden. A must for lovers of delicate blue flowers!

Has anything changed?
by: Ferne

These plants thrive in moist, shady conditions. Has anything changed? Competition from other plants? Less shade or less moisture than there used to be? Running out of energy and need a dose of manure?

I moved a couple of the more common Brunnera from a dryer spot on the North East side of my house to a spot in the backyard that gets full shade. The difference was amazing. Both the plant and leafs were soon twice the size they had ever been.

Jack Frost not doing well this spring 2009
by: Cathy

I love my Jack Frost Brunneras. I have 2 plants that were plants at the same time (4 years ago) yet one has always outperformed the other. This spring 2009 neither plant is doing well. It is now the end of May and there are only a few small leaves on the plants and only the larger of the two plants has any flowers. I have pictures from other years and they are beautiful. I have been out searching for 2 more Jack Frost Brunneras just in case the old ones don't come back. I live in Bradford, Ontario.

I love Jack Frost Brunneras!
by: Highmtn

I have had the “Jack Frost? Brunnera growing in my shaded areas for 3 yeas now. It has been a LOVE AFFAIR to say the least! It's like having 3 different plants! It comes up looking a bit loose and airy... then blooms TRUE BLUE blooms that are so delicate it looks like fairies must have kissed them...and when done blooming it grows these stunning specimen leaves that steal the show!
What more can you ask for in a plant?! This plant is in my top 5 garden loves for SURE!

Jack Frost
by: Ferne, Kamloops

It is lovely, isn't it....quite a showy one. I have one other type and keep thinking I must move it to a better spot. Maybe it will happen this year. Wouldn't mind picking this one up two, if I should happen to come across a small specimen.

Moni's question
by: GardenJoy

Moni .. thank you for the comments on this brunnera. I wanted it for a while and finally found it this Spring .. but it was past its bloom time I think .. waiting to see blooms next Spring and they are supposed to be that lovely blue. I have every confidence it will be. Meanwhile the foliage was amazing even in our drought and heat during the summer. I would highly recommend it !
Joy

Frosty
by: Moni

This does look like it has frost on it...I also like this brunnera. The bright/cool look it gives a shaded area would be great. Nice close up. Are the flowers blue like the regular brunnera?

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Wargrave Pink Geranium

by GardenJoy
(Kingston ON)

This is one of the older geranium cultivars but it is still such a striking little plant to have in your garden !

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Three separate plants
by: GardenJoy

Hi there ! Thank you for your comment : )
These are three different plants with Wargrave as the highlighted one . Silver Scrolls Huechera to the right and a Tiarella to the left. I was just lucky to catch the right light with them all !
Joy

Very nice photo
by: Anonymous

Very nice photo especially complementary with other plants surrounding it. Are there three separate plants or just the two? Love the leaf shape and textures.

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Snowstorm and Poplars

by Cathy D
(Grey County)

I recall at the time I wondered if I should really be out here in this storm ... but, hey.

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Perfect !
by: GardenJoy

You are looking for the same dramatic scenarios in nature that I try for .. beautiful !

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Herbstonne Rudbeckia

by GardenJoy
(Kingston ON)

This is a wow plant even in its first year. The flowers are really eye popping and I'm hoping for lots more next year .. sort of a privacy screen with a "punch" of colour ?

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.... eyes watching !
by: GardenJoy

Hi Doug .. yup ! I know it can be a bit of a handful .. but that is what I am looking for against this back fence .. some privacy from the neighbors .. so I'll be selective about where this bossy gem wants to spread ! haha
Joy : )

yeah, it's a nice plant but
by: Doug

It can be a bit of a spreader. Do watch it.
p.s. I'm big fan of the fall daisies too.

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My Weather Gargoyle

by GardenJoy

June 21st the most amazing hail storm struck our end of Kingston .. we were just a small section of the city to get such violent weather .. so now I have my "weather gargoyle" to teach me not to count on the WEATHER !

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Brrr
by: Jocelyn

He sure looks cold! great shot

Speak no evil
by: Moni

Your gargoyle did not tell you about the weather...shame on him...now he is looking quite cold. Amazing to have so much hail in June.

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Rose Fold

by GardenJoy
(Kingston ON)

Morden Sunrise is one amazing rose shrub .. so many variations on colour and shape .. a keeper !

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a rose is a rose is a rose....
by: Carla

love the peachy color with just a hint of pink! Wish it was in my garden....

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Garden Light

by GardenJoy
(Kingston ON)

Just one of those mornings when the light was right !

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GARDEN CORNER

by DNA
(Pakistan)

Small hill

Small hill

A slightly uplifted coerner

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First Snow, Poplars

by Cathy D
(Grey County, Ontario)

I want to shake the hand of the persons who planted those poplars - they have given us so much joy. What beautiful trees - throughout all seasons

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Love the light !
by: GardenJoy

This is a beautiful shot ! .. I have been busy posting pictures and haven't had the time to just wander around here to look .. and WOW .. this really grabbed my attention .. the light and shadow values are perfect !

tall poplars
by: Anonymous

The lighting in this shot really nicely accents the cris-crossing pattern of the poplars....beautiful!

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Calm before the STORM !

by GardenJoy
(Kingston ON)

This is how my front garden was looking before the hail storm .. darn that weather gargoyle !

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Shade bed
by: Moni

This is a beautiful shade bed...you obviously have the perfect spot for these plants...they look so healthy! I do not have a shady spot that gets enough moisture...my Japanese painted fern is barely alive. Sorry the hail got this planting:(

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Blue Angel Rose

by GardenJoy
(Kingston ON)

The colour of this rose is amazing. I like plants that don't nessesairly blend in to the colour scheme .. because I don't have one .. this is a plant zoo ! .. so what ever plant strikes me I try to find a place for it.

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BLUE ANGEL ROSE
by: Christa, Kingston

I wished, my Blue Angel Rose had lasted longer then 2 years. Since I live in your aerea, maybe you can respond how old your plant is. When mine was in bloom the second year, I was amazed how many blossoms the plant produced. I did everything correct and sunshine was plentyful.`Congrats to your success.

Strong Contrasts & Subtle Delights
by: Cathy D.

Howdy GardenJoy
Anyone who doesn't have a colour scheme is a friend of mine!
Another striking photo. Eye-catching contrasts...and then I look again and I see the water on the dark leaves - subtle touches invites my eye to linger.

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Campion Early Evening

by Cathy D
(Grey County, Ontario)

Some farmers call this a weed ... sure pretty ain't it?

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campion
by: Anonymous

ahhhhhhh, so thats what it is!!

Perception
by: GardenJoy

It is funny what some call weeds and others called plants .. to be appreciated !
I really love taking close ups like this too. Detail can be amazing .. we sometimes don't see it when we take the picture .. then on here we see far more detail. Good Job ! : )

Campion
by: Gloria

I would like to have that pretty weed in my garden!! I enjoyed seeing it and don't know if I have ever seen one before.

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Poppies Unopened Windblown

by Cathy D
(Grey County, Ontario)

Oh, sometimes things get exciting even before the blooms!

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