Friday, September 5, 2008

A Little Blooming Wonder - Erodium manescavii




Maybe it's because we can't garden outside all year, that we go a bit nuts when a perennial provides us with flowers all summer long. This plant has me under its spell. I know it's not the most spectacular plant in the world, but if you consider the first photo is June 5th of this year and the second was taken today - that's quite an achievement for any perennial. Notice how the leaves still look great without a mark on them and it continues to send up stems with a bright pink cranesbill-esque blossoms. It's about a foot high and as wide, and much to my delight, it has self seeded and it's little offspring has started to bloom. I've got it growing in a half sun/shade position in very good soil. I got mine from Belinda Gallagher of Triffids - if you're close to the Halton Hills region - she'll be having her open house next week. She's got a great garden so you can see many of the plants she has for sale growing in her Zone 4 garden.

3 comments:

Sue Swift said...

Lovely - I like plants like that too. Oes that just poke out from under the more spectacular flowers, but keep going and going and going ...

Charlotte said...

Thank you for a lovely comment in my blog. Nice Erodium!!

Northern Shade said...

When the photo was first appearing, I thought it was a geranium, until I looked closer at the plant, and read your title. It's a charming plant. Having a long bloom time and healthy foliage are always welcome traits.