Friday, May 29, 2015

PA Native Plant Bed

The Audubon Society at Beechwood Farm Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel PA has an excellent selection of ethically propagated native plants.  Who could ask for more?  I am tickled pink about some perennial flowers and shrubs I was able to get from Roxanne, the native plant queen.  Every year I add a few new ones to our plantings.  

Going with a purple/blue themed flower planting up against Jason's yellow studio

What did I get? Well...

  • Sensitive Fern (so cute...check him out in the little pot in the picture below).
  • Leather Flower (a native clematis.  Score!)
  • Blazing Star
  • Wild Senna
  • Blue Lobelia
  • Wild Geranium
  • Spicebush
  • Serviceberry
  • Bloodroot
  • Tall Tickseed
  • Swamp Saxifrage (a kind of ugly little plant perfect for a marshy it!)
Some of the plants are going in our lot next door to our house that we are slowly building soil in (literally, we need more soil here, not JUST soil improvement!) and some are going in my little purple flower themed bed by Jason's yellow studio building.  

A native clematis?  Be still my heart.
Roxanne gave me a gift of a small plant, American Columbo.  It is an endangered plant in Pennsylvania that they are trying to propagate and having trouble keeping alive overwinter.  It takes years to grow big enough to set seed, so my task is to try to get it to stay alive long enough to do so and then share the seed back with them and report what it liked as far as growing conditions.  Sounds like a fun challenge!

1 comment:

  1. I'd go for Swamp Saxifrage just for the name! I love the purple, too!