Wednesday’s Walk Part 2

Hello Folks!!! Back again with part 2 of Wednesday’s Walk even though it is Saturday evening when I am writing this post. Hopefully it will not take 3 days to finish like part 1.

Wednesday’s Walk Part 2 continues in the “other yard” which is actually the original yard here on the farm. It is where my grandparents lived from maybe 1958 until 1981 and where I lived after my grandpa died from 1981 through 1987.  In 1996, my parents moved their new manufactured home in across the driveway where one of the former gardens and apple orchard was. A few years later my grandparents old home was ton down. The foundation is still here and has lots of stuff in it. Once I moved back here in February 2013, I reclaimed the flower beds I had built when I lived here before. Dad said I could do whatever I wanted, so I smiled and did.

One of the plants I bought with me from Mississippi, given to me by my good gardening friend Walley Morse, is the Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’. The plants above are in a southeast corner, next to where the dining room and kitchen were. I like putting beds in corners where the mower can get to. Behind this plant is a Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant) that I picked up at the local garden club plant sale last year. It did come back up this spring, but that is about all I can say about it. I know, I know, I need to pull some grass.

OH, no… That’s not right. Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum is Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii (Sullivant’s Coneflower). This is a very good cultivar that blooms like crazy and doesn’t get out of hand. They spread nicely but are not invasive. Native Rudbeckia fulgida are called Orange Coneflower…. OH WAIT A MINUTE!!! Orange Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan, Brown-Eyed Susan, Sullivant’s Coneflower.

The above photo, corner bed on the northeast corner of the foundation, shows Rudbeckia hirta (left) and Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm‘ (I mean, R. fulgida var. sullivantii) on the right. I moved some of the Rudbeckia fulgida (for short) here last spring and there was one Rudbeckia hirta there already. (I never pull them up no matter where they pop up). This year, the Rudbeckia hirta have claimed dominance for sure. Well, I don’t think the R.f.var s. ‘Goldsturm’ come up from seed and the R.h. self sow.

When I first did my research about the, um, Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ a few years ago, it was called Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldstrum’. Then I found it was correctly ‘Goldsturm’ as named by the breeder. Just tonight, while I am attempting to clarify which species is the Brown-Eyed Susan and which is the Black-Eyed Susan, I find the other name… No wonder it takes so long to write a post. OH, maybe not for everyone, but I have the research disorder and there are no pills. Only truth can cure the problem.

Now, according to the NPIN, Rudbeckia fulgida’s common name is Orange Coneflower and also called the Black-Eyed Susan. Other websites agree. Common names also vary with cultivars and varieties.

Common names for the Rudbeckia hirta, according to MULTIPLE sources, are Black-Eyed Susan, Brown -Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy, Ox-Eye Daisy. Depending on the cultivar’s too, as mentioned in Wednesday’s Walk Part 1 with the ‘Denver Daisy’ and ‘Cherokee Sunset’. There are MANY well known cultivars available.

There are MANY species of Rudbeckia, including another one called Brown-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia triloba.

While looking at websites, I found some very useful information and AWESOME photos on one of my favorite blogs I follow, and you should, too… gardeninacity.

I need to back up from the last photo….

The Cylindropuntia imbricata hasn’t done anything weird lately. It seems happy in it’s new spot, though.

In the same spot is the…

Sempervivum x ‘Killer’ growing and spreading nicely. You can see the Celosia spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ and Talinum paniculatum (Jewels of Opar) seedlings in the same spot, too. They don’t belong there, though.

The Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’ (Two-Row Stonecrop) is doing awesomely well in it’s little cubby hole between the cast iron planter and the foundation.

Then of course…

The “unknown’ Sedum. I think it could possibly be Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’ but I am not 100% sure yet.

I am sure about this one, though…

Sedum kamtschaticum (Kamchatka or Russian Stonecrop). At least I am fairly certain that is what Sedum it is. The latter two I bought without tags. There are so many different Sedum species, and also the Phedimus argument, to consider if you are trying to find out what Sedum you have.

These are dying to get mentioned…

Tagetes patula ‘Brocade’. Of course, Marigolds need no introduction. I have grown many different Marigold cultivars and I am stuck on the ‘Brocade’ series. I saved seed from only the red flowers for several years, and only a few would come up at first. I saved seed and planted more in 2015, more came up and they were all beautiful red with a little yellow in the center. Well, the original seeds I bought in 2009 just said Marigold ‘Brocade’. I did not save seeds last year and they came up on their own like their lives depended on it (which was true since I didn’t save any seeds to replant). HUNDREDS came up and not just in the flower bed (s). Now I have even transplanted them in the south bed. Problem is, they aren’t just red AGAIN! That means a lot of deadheading and seed selection.

I already added the photo of the Rudbeckia hirta, so now, let’s go to the shadier part of the yard…

The Alocasia are doing very well but seed some repotting with fresh dirt and some of the “good stuff” and a few need bigger pots. I have a limit on the pot size, though. The largest I can find and carry. In this photo are the three usual in this area, ‘Calidora’, ‘Mayan Mask’ and ‘Portora’. I had more varieties before, some I left with a friend in Mississippi and some didn’t work out. Alocasia odora, is in another photo. These all seem very tough and hardy and do well in the basement during the winter.

Now, the Hosta….

Hosta ‘Guacamole’ is the first one I come to in the first shade bed. This was the first new Hosta I added in 2014 and it has done GREAT. I really like the two-tone green leaves.


Hosta ‘Red October’. It is surviving the heat pretty well although it is complaining and asking for water. This cultivar has the red petioles and dark green, lance shaped leaves which makes it easy to identify. I brought this one with me from Mississippi.

NEXT, the incredible…

Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’. It flowered earlier and needs deadheading now. It is also asking for water. GEEZ!!! Brought this one from Mississippi, too.

Then the AWESOME…

Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’. Oh, yeah!!!! This has been one impressive plant for sure. Amazing large, shiny, dark green leaves, puckered, textured… Not to nation it’s nice white flowers. I brought this one with me from Mississippi, too.

Then, in a new spot next to the old goldfish pool…

The impressive Hosta ‘Kross Regal’. Medium green leaves with a vase-shape habit. My first ‘Kross Regal’ was from Bluestone Perennials in 1981 and this one came from an Ebay seller in 2009 while I was in Mississippi. I had to relocate it to this spot this spring because it was getting overwhelmed in the other bed. It seems very happy here and even got to be divided.

Next to to is the beautiful…

Hosta ‘Dancing Queen’. I bought this plant this spring and it is my first gold-leaved Hosta. It is doing very well and I am pleased it is happy here.

I was pleasantly surprised with the next plant…

Caladium ‘Strawberry Fields’. When my sister and niece came down a few weeks ago to go to the greenhouses, Wagler’s still had a few Caladiums and they were on sale. In fact, I think she gave this one to me… My favorite Caladium has always been ‘Frieda Hemple’ and I never tried a white leaved variety. I am telling you, this one is HUGE in comparison to most Caladiums and it just glows! SO, I am impressed!

Now, let’s go around the tree to the new shade bed… Let’s start with the other new Hosta I added for 2017.

Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’. Well, all I can say for the most part is that it is hanging in there. This is a new bed and new plants, so all the plants in this bed need to get acclimated. They need more watering since they are not well established yet. The soil needs cultivated so it will stay loose which helps the water soak up better (otherwise it will run off). I think this will make a nice Hosta, though, with it’s lance-shaped, kind of three-toned leaves. The leaves are nice and thick, too.


Hosta ‘Abique Drinking Gourd’. This will definitely make a since plant in time. Nice thick, heavily-veined, dark green, cup-shaped leaves. What does “abique” mean anyway? First of all, I have been misspelling it. it is ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’. SO, what does “abiqua” mean?

Well, Hosta ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’ is a hybrid of Hosta ‘Tokudama’ and Hosta sieboldiana that was introduced by Dr. Charles Purtymun (Walden West Hosta) in 1989. Believe it or not, he registered 24 different Hosta cultivars with the word Abiqua in their name. Abiqua comes from Abiqua Creek that runs through the central Cascade Mountains. What about the “Drinking Gourd” part of the name? Dr. Purtymun saw a dog drinking from one of the Hosta’s leaves after it rained. There you have the name ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’.

I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but Hosta ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’ was the 2014 Hosta of the Year.

Next up….

Hosta ‘Rainforest Sunrise’. This Hosta definitely brightens a shady area with with it’s golden leaves bordered by an irregular green margin. It is a sport of Hosta ‘Maui Buttercups’ which has been on my wish list for many years. This Hosta is doing very well and and acclimating pretty good.

Last but not least…

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’. I have had this one on my wish list for a while, too. This is my first miniature Hosta that will grow to only 8″ tall (12″ in flower). It is doing very well, too, and is not a complainer. This was the 2008 Hosta Of the Year.

Now, let me back up a few feet for the three new Heuchera’s…

Heuchera ‘Obsidian’. This is supposed to be the darkest leaved Heuchera. It is doing very well now, as are the other two. They looked a little shaggy until they started getting established here. Once they start growing new leaves chances are they will be OK. My other dark leaved Heuchera, ‘Palace Purple’ hasn’t done very well for the last couple of years (which is why I haven’t taken many photos of it since 2015).

Next Heuchera is out of this world…

Heuchera ‘Venus’. Beautiful silvery leaves and green veins! This one has done very well, too, and even flowered!

Then the last one…

Heuchera ‘Southern Comfort’. I am glad I found one of these at Lowe’s so I can take if off my wish list. I like how the leaves change color as they mature. The undersides of the leaves keep that peachy color. It is doing very well and was the first of the Heuchera to get adjusted.

Now, let me see what is next…

Caladium ‘John Peed’. I have bought several Caladiums over the years but usually as potted plants. This spring I found a bag of bulbs of this cultivar from Wal-Mart so I thought I would give them a shot. The bag said “GUARANTEED TO GROW”… I don’t remember how many bulbs were supposed to be in the bag, but there were A LOT more. It was taking forever for them to come up, and I thought they all rotted or something. Finally I think three came up. They aren’t very big right now, so we will see how they do my then end of summer.

Then, my old favorite…

Caladium ‘Frieda Hemple’. This one has always done well for me in the past and I just love the color.

Then, the last Caladium…

Caladium ‘Aaron’. This cultivar is doing very well, too. When I took it out of the pot, I divided it into 3 or 4. The leaves turn more white as they mature. NICE PLANT!

The Leptinella squalida ‘Platt’s Black’ (Brass Buttons) is doing MUCH butter in more shade this year. The one I tried last year fried… This is a very small, tidy plant that has spread out a little. It is supposed to make a ground cover, but it isn’t covering much ground. I am just happy it has survived.

The Acalypha hispida (Chenille Plant) is getting along very well, too. These are mainly grown in hanging baskets and the greenhouses usually sell quite a few. That photo was almost no good!

I am finished with that area, now lets see what else I took photos of…

I have really grown attached to the Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’ (Chaste Tree). It’s leaves have a very interesting smell and the flowers smell like Lilac. I thought I lost this tree (shrub) this spring but it came back up from the base. That was not good… The new stems were standing up until one of the storms we had earlier made a mess of it. Now most of the stems are sprawled out on the ground. There are a few that are standing up, though, so I may have to do some trimming once it is finished flowering. It is blooming up a storm now.

Now, let’s go to the chicken house…

This is the Mentha spicata (Spearmint) I bought from a local garden club’s plant sale. It us doing good and i hope it returns next spring. It has neat flowers!!!

Of course the…

Equisetum hyemale (Horsetail) is thriving. It makes me wonder if I should have taken it from it’s pot a few years ago. I think I have enough to move it around a little, but I am not sure if that is a good idea… Yeah, it is a good idea. In a couple of years I will be saying, “I don’t think that was a good idea.”

On the other corner…

I put one of the clumps of Achillea millefolium (Fern Leaf Yarrow) I bought from Mississippi in this spot in the spring of 2014. This one, and the one next to the side porch, were originally transplanted in the south bed in front of the Buddleja. I always say, if your Achillea likes it where you put it, you won’t like it.  That is because these guys will spread eagerly. SO, if you give them LOTS of sun, they will take over rather quickly. In this spot, there is enough shade to keep them from going overboard and enough sun to keep them alive and healthy. When a good friend of mine in Mississippi, Mary Botler, gave me my start, I thought she was not going to stop… I learned when someone does that you need to be prepared. The Achillea at the side porch doesn’t like it where I put it because it gets to much shade. It can see the sun beyond the shade so every year it seems to move farther out. I need to relocate it… I want my plants to be happy, but… There is a limit. This old “refined” cultivar is the same species as the Achillea that grows in the pastures, hayfields, along back roads and highways and… You get the picture. Mrs. Botler did not know the name of the cultivar and said she got it from someone else years ago. Thank goodness it doesn’t seem to spread from seed…

Now, lets go to the plant tables behind the shed…

Alocasia odora… I mentioned in an earlier post that I repotted this Alocasia. There were so many in the pot so I thought maybe that is why they didn’t get larger. Well, they are doing very well. This is the one I have an interesting history with but I am still somewhat confused. An Aroid expert told me the name of this plant, but I have always wondered if it is accurate. Alocasia odora should get much larger, but these stay smaller, around 18’20 inches max. Some of these may be 5 years old! I have more than in this photo…

Next, the new Bromeliad…

Callisia fragrans. Now, Mrs. Wagler told me that when she was given her start, she was told it was called “Grandpa’s Pipe”. I told her it was some species of Bromeliad. Of course, when she was giving me one, I wasn’t about to turn her down. I went home and typed in ‘Grandpa’s Tears’ on the internet and found the  scientific name. It listed several common names, but none were “Grandpa’s Pipe”. I saw Basket Plant, Chain Plant, Inch Plant… I saw a comment on a forum from someone saying that she was told hers was “Grandfather’s Pipe”. BUT, no where, in published articles from “experts” was there any name like “Grandpa’s Pipe” or “Grandfather’s Pipe”. It was weird how I found it by typing in that name, though. This plant sends these shoots out that curve upward in the end and form another plant that easily take root. The other interesting thing is that this plant is used in Holistic medicine…

This is my new Begonia collection… Their names are ‘Brazilian Lady’ (in the front), ‘Fannie Moser’ (center right), ‘Sophia’ (center left) and ‘Frosty’ (in the rear).

There are more plants, Billbergia nutans, the cactus and succulents, etc. But it was very hot and I was sweating like a stuck pig… I had already taken photos in the garden, which is for the nest post. By the time I am ready to make the next post I will need more photos of the garden! This week I will have to pick green beans, and maybe even some sweet corn.

This time of the year is when I question my sanity. It is so hot in mid day that I wait until late afternoon to go outside to work. The grass and weeds grow despite the heat and even with no rain. Beds, in my opinion, are much easier to maintain than a large yard to mow. Especially that is true when you mulch your beds and garden so weeds don’t grow. That’s what I did in Mississippi but I haven’t been able to accomplish that here. I think, for the most part, it is because my dad already thinks I am nuts. If I start mulching the garden and stop tilling like I should be doing… Well, let me just say, from experience I know large gardens and beds are much easier to manage when they are mulched with leaves, grass clippings, bark, etc. There are MANY benefits.

Well, I will end this post here and start working on the pages to the right. Maybe after a big bowl of ice cream. I hope you enjoyed this post! Take care, be happy, healthy and prosperous. Stay cool and GET DIRTY every chance you get!

4 comments on “Wednesday’s Walk Part 2

  1. Great list of fun plants here! Things look to be growing very well.
    Love the chenille plant. So fuzzy!
    I’ve never done a bunch of research on a brown or black eyed Susan, but I vaguely remember a difference.


    • I like the Chenille Plant’s flowers, too. The leaves on the Rudbeckia hirta and R.fulgida are different, too. OH CRAP, I forgot again. Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’. I wonder what the leaves of the native R. fulgida look like. Anyway, the flowers look so much alike. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. Jim R says:

    I was amused by your comment of having research disorder. Only truth will cure it.

    Do you go back and read your posts, use them as a record of progress, etc?

    You have an impressive number of plants. It must be a full time commitment.

    Have a good week ahead.

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    • That’s very true Jim… No, well sometimes maybe. I keep a journal, but sometimes I don’t write in it for a long time. The pages at the right show how plants progress through the season and from year to year. I am behind getting them all finished plus there over 100 drafts and at least 100 more besides that. Keeps me out of trouble. Thanks for the comment.

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