Saturday, May 19

Anticipation: New Biennial Blooms!

I soon will have two new things to be excited about in the garden: Two biennials that I am growing for the very first time are about to bloom!


Both plants are architectural beauties, too. That's the downy silver sage (salvia argentea) above, and an angelica (full Latin name not included on the tag, so I'm not sure which one) below.



It's been a hectic week, as two of my favorite people (who also make up one of my favorite couples!) got married yesterday, and Steve and I have been busy with meetings and final wedding plans of our own. I did get a few flats of annuals today, though, and will hopefully have time to do some planting tomorrow at some point. Stay tuned for updates...

9 comments:

greggo said...

I had the salvia in my garden in colorado. Just loved the leaves. Remind of a cross between mullien and lamb's ears. I've seen a few verbascum similar to this salvia in form.

I seems that salvia doesn't like my climate however. I'm thinking of removing more turf and create a new xeric bed with plants that like to grow in gravely soils like rosemary, lavender, hyssops, and such. Kind of like a Mediterranean garden. Of course I already have enough chaos already, why not add to it. lol.

Lona said...

What a beautiful salvia. I adore those fuzzy leaves.It looks so lovely with the dark heuchera planted with it.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Greggo, since it's such beautiful chaos... I say go for it! ;-) And that's a good description, a cross between mullein and lamb's ears. I don't have space to let the latter wander, and I never remember to plant the former until it's too late... so I'm glad that I have the salvia to fill that gap!

Thanks, Lona! I like it there next to the purple heuchera, too. I have 'Ivory Prince' hellebore and bronze carex on its other sides, and it looks equally pretty with both of those. Silvers offer such versatility!

Leslie said...

Those certainly do have a great structure...love those salvia leaves!

Joseph Tychonievich said...

By the by, Salvia argentea (which I adore) has been reliably perennial for me as long as I chop the flowers off. The flowers aren't nearly as nice as the leaves anyway so I never mind whacking them.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Thanks, Leslie! Me too. :-)

Joseph, I have been thinking about doing that anyway. Do you let them flower at all, or do you chop them before they even start flowering?

entangled said...

I had Salvia argentea, but can't remember what the flowers looked like. I was surprised to find a self-sown volunteer this spring because I haven't grown it for several years. The leaves are spectacular!

Stratoz said...

The sage photo is splendid indeed. I hope to be nice to my garden this weekend. There I go making promises again.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

entangled, oooh... seeds for sowing, or the plant for another year. You might have made the "let bloom or not let bloom" decision a little more difficult for me right there! :-)

Stratoz, I need to make the same promise. And I might need the garden to kick me in the rear if I don't keep it... just as a little extra incentive! lol.

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