Il faut cultiver nôtre jardin
Labels: awesomeness, Leucospermum
posted by mmw at 3:17 PM
I always think these look ticklish. I mean, like they would tickle me.
You always have such wildly exotic flowers on here. Beautiful. You're right about the erythronium of course--many are native to WNY but not that one. Though it ought to be hardy. I haven't seen it yet, but it should be up later this month.
Thanks, Elizabeth!Just think about it: if you moved to zone 9, you would go a little crazy too. I lived here for a long time before I started gardening, but I grew up in New England. I'm not going to plant hemlocks here.
I've just started to probe the mysteries of Leucospermum and are working them into the gardens I design for clients. I'm fortunate to have a friend about 25 miles away who runs an Australian native plant nursery, so I'm learning as I go. If you are not aware of her, check out http://www.australianplants.com/. Jo Connel is the owner.
Billy, I'm very jealous of your proximity to that nursery. I have studied their list assiduously over the years, I'm not ashamed to say.Of course, Leucospermums are not native to Australia, but to S. Africa. But most Australians seem to think that all Proteaceae are Australian (and refer to them without distinction as Proteas, which are also African), it's very appropriate that she carries the South Africans.Proteaceae are not very common in landscaping up here (exceptions are Grevillea and Leucadendron), probably because they're fussy about drainage, but there is one nice yard in my neighborhood that you might like.
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