Monday, July 9, 2007

The Heat is ON




It is still really warm and humid, I guess there were scattered showers last night but we did not get a drop. I just finished watering again.

This plant is Standing Cyress, it is not supposed to grow in zone 4 gardens but I have had it in my garden for a number of years, it is a biennal, the first year it only gets about an inch tall, then the second year it grows to about 5 feet and blooms this time of year, it self seeds. I used to have some yellow ones as well, but for some reason they are all this dark orange/reddish color now.

11 comments:

No Rain said...

Hi,
I've tagged you to participate in the meme, Seven Random Things About Me. I hope you partipate. Read my blog for the rules.

Ki said...

Great looking plant. Never heard of it before.

Owin & Irena said...

that is a red hot plant. quite stunning. If i had a chance to change my garden colour scheme, I think I'd lean toward the oranges and reds including the standing cypress.
Irena

kris said...

Cool plant and great photos. We received 1 3/4 inches of much needed rain Sunday afternoon - I was very happy about that! Hope some makes it your way soon.

kate said...

I like this plant. It's wonderful!I suppose trying it in a zone 3 would be pushing it.

Garden Delight said...

It was a few years ago while driving through a small Iowa town that I saw these flaming red flowers on top of a tall slender spikes in a garden while passing through a central Iowa town, I knew I had to grow them in my garden....but I was never successful in finding the same plant or seeds....didn't know its name. I would describe them to the local nursery and they could only come up with similar plants, so I am quite excited about seeing your photos. I enjoy your blog and all the comments. You inspired me to create my own blog....Iowa Garden Delight. I just entered my first set of photos. What do you think?

Iowa Gardening Woman said...
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Iowa Gardening Woman said...

I had to delete my own previous post because of misspellings..........good grief.

Kate I have seen this plant grown as far north as the Minnesota border in a friends garden, so maybe?

No Rain, I posted seven randoms things last week, I don't think anyone read it :).

Kris send rain, we still have not received a drop.

Ki, I think it is one of those pass along plants (seeds in this case), I did notice that Select Seeds has been offering the seeds in their catalog for a couple of years, but lists it only hardy to zone 6.

Irena, you mean I supposed to have a color scheme? :)

Garden Delight, welcome to a fellow Iowan! I will be visiting your blog again.

July 11, 2007 6:42 PM

Dirty Fingernails said...

I love it against the black eyed susans.. Good contrast.. I wonder why your black eyes are blooming in zone4 and mine aren't in 7b.. I tell you this years weather has been strange.

Michelle said...

wow, this is really pretty! I'm a zone 7-8 so, I'm anxious to see if I can do this! Thanks for posting! And happy GTS! :)

Nan - said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous color! I love the red and yellow together.