Monday, September 8, 2008

Oh my God, they just keep coming....

Another photo of celosia; I love this plant. It's my first time growing it or even seeing it.
Not the best picture, but this is Orange Prince, almost identical to Zulu Prince except its color.
Gaillardia, or blanket flower. This one also grows at Green Gulch.
Cleome. Still don't know how to pronounce that word. The flowers are pretty cool, and the stems are beautiful, but very thorny -- worse than roses. Not the best cut flower for that reason. Again, it's the first time I've ever grown or even seen this plant. We only have a few of them in the garden, because the seed I had was really old.
Sun chokes, or Jerusalem artichokes. I grew this on the farm in Woodside last year. It's a close relative of the sunflower, and does have pretty flowers. We grew it this year for three reasons: 1) for the flowers, 2) for its tubers, which are quite yummy, and 3) we planted it in a parabola enclosing the top of the garden (which is on a slope), so that cold air would be diverted away from the majority of the garden. The only problem is that the plants only get tall now, and we needed tall, leafy plants in May, when it was pretty cold and frosty.

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