Shade Welcome

For those who have mostly shady yards, there are different problems than for those of us who have mostly sunny yards.  Since some plants absolutely require shade, I have a few spots where they can grow.

The leaf shape of Purple Oxalis (Oxalis triangularis) gives it another common name, False Shamrock.  But the leaf color gives it a distinctive look of boldness.

Woodland Fern does well here because it can handlefrom-spring-into-fall heat, and the roots survive a cold winter.  This flowerbed against the house doesn’t receive direct sun.  Ferns enjoy a little dappled light, just like they would received in the woods.

One shady spot I have is at the back of the yard under a large Live Oak.  So pots of shade loving plants can go there.  The pot with white flowers is Plumbago (Plumbago capensis).  I actually prefer the Plumbago with purple flowers, but the one I had died.

The taller stems behind the Plumbago are Ornamental Garlic.  The larger leaves on the right side belong to a Datura or Moon Flower (Datura wrightii).

In this same area in a blue pot is Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) or Christ Plant.  Love the small flowers but am leery of the thorns.

All the plants are in pots because I don’t want to disturb the roots of the tree.  Also, some of them need inside protection during the winter.

One corner of a covered back porch has shade most of the day.  This area is filled with pots of Coleus and Old Fashioned Geraniums, meaning an old variety that is not sold in nurseries.  The past two years I have become a fan of a variety of Coleus with their lovely leaf colors and shapes.

Some of the Coleus are pass-a-longs from friends.  They root well in water.

This Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) also sits on a stand in that corner.  Just about the easier plant there is to grow.  The “spiders” that grow on long stems from the center become new plants when put into soil.

This is a corner of a front covered porch where pots of plants have been gathered.  Autumn Joy Sedum is blooming now.  To the left of that in another pot is some Columbine foliage.

A large pot of Asparagus Fern (Asparagus aethiopicus) is long lived when brought inside for the winter.  It will also recover from winter because the fibrous roots are very hardy.  But it takes a long time for the foliage to grown back and to become attractive again.

At the back of that covered porch is a line of Boston Ferns that are 25 years old.  They have been divided several times.  The rabbit container holds another Old Fashioned Geranium.

Purple Heart or Wandering Jew (Tradescantia pallida) returns every spring like clockwork in a shady flowerbed.Actually, shade is a welcome relief for lots of living creatures, including me during this long lived summer and continued drought.  The temperatures have fallen a bit, so that’s a treat.  Seriously need some rain.

Hope your autumn is cool and crisp with lovely yellow, orange, and auburn colors.

“We, the people, are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to over throw the Constitution but to overthrow the men who would pervert the Constitution.”  Abraham Lincoln

Peter Cottontail

Remember the children’s book The Tale of Peter Cottontail by Beatrix Potter?  Peter disobeyed his mother and went to Mr. McGregor’s garden to eat vegetables.  It was probably written to encourage children to obey their parents because in the end Peter didn’t feel well, was given chamomile tea and put to bed while his brother and sisters had bread, blackberries, and milk for supper.

cottontail2We have our own little cottontail in the garden.  One evening as I was pruning, he was munching in the flowerbed and didn’t seem afraid of me.

rabbitplanterRabbit flower pots have a whimsey that I enjoy.  The plants in this rabbit is Dwarf Sanseveria.  In the background is an heirloom Geranium and to the right is a pot of Airplane or Spider (Chlorophytum comosum) plants.  Their common name comes the plantlets that grow on long stems.

The plantlets are easy to propagate.  Just stick one in a pot of soil, and another plant is created.  In fact, I was getting so many Airplant plants that my husband asked me to stop planting the plantlets because that meant more pots to carry into the greenhouse.

It’s often considered a house plant, but they do great outside in filtered light or shade where there’s harsh sunlight.  They are not cold hardy and have to be moved indoors during the winter.  But the rhizomes will usually re-sprout if there’s not a long or extreme freeze.

cottontailAs my clippers snipped, the cottontail prepared to run but changed his mind.

rabbitplanter2This pot has Kalanchoe plant, which looks kind of sad right now.

rabbitStone statuary fascinates me.  I especially like the large ones seen in old English gardens.

cottontail3This cottontail is nibbling on grass.  If that remains his sole diet, I’ll be happy to have him around to clean out the grass in the flowerbed.  His mother lives in this same area, but she is skittish and stays out of sight most of the time.

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