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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lightning Strikes! Green Thumb Sunday

Today is Sunday.
I've been waiting to show you this blossom! :-)

This is Tricyrtis, 'Lightning Strikes'


I never can decide which picture to show...
... so I'm sharing both close-ups!
Isn't it pretty?

Green Thumb Sunday
You, too, could participate in this.
:-)

Hope your September is ending Beautifully!
Shady G.


16 comments:

troutbirder said...

Quite exotic I'd say. Winter hardy?Guess I'm paranoid on that subject.

Shady Gardener said...

They are winter hardy here (SE Iowa). This plant is 4 years old. I don't blame your being "paranoid." I understand completely. I see they grow in zones 4-9, with variations according to species (meaning some only hardy to zone 5, etc.) Looks like Minnesota is "out." Sorry.
Although a zone 4 might winter over in a protected spot...

IBOY said...

Very nice; that's as good as I've ever seen LS look (must be the rain?). Mine always gets ratty looking; I've got it in a raised bed that gets too dry.For some reason I see more bees on this cultivar than any other toadie.
Don

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Oh, that is just beautiful! I bet it would look really nice next to Tricyrtis 'Gilty Pleasure.' (I'm trying to rationalize my desire to get this plant.)

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous!!!!!!! If you keep posting all these pictures of toad lilies I may just have to buy one!

Shady Gardener said...

Don, I think it is the rain that has really helped this plant. It's the best it's ever looked, and it's blooming like crazy! :-) (I haven't noticed any bees...) (Do you need to add some clay soil around your plant to retain moisture? ha!!)

MMD, I think you need this plant... It would look beautiful next to 'Gilty Pleasure'!!! ;-)

Shady Gardener said...

Kathleen,
You definitely should think about these plants!! It would be a great Winter project to look them over! :-) They like shady spots and not terribly dry conditions.

Kathy said...

The foliage is really striking. It must be an asset to your garden even when it's not blooming.

Digital Polaroids said...

I never saw this plant before. Very exotic!

Shady Gardener said...

Kathy, This is one of the two or three light-colored tricyrtis I have. I purchase one new one this year called Shining Light (see my Sept. 14 post) that's very distinctive also! Thanks for visiting! :-)

digital polaroids, there are a number of people that have tricyrtis... check out Iowa Boy (above). ;-) Glad to have you stop by!

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hi Shady,
I've been out of the loop due to illness and way too much work lately, but it's great to see that your Toad Lilies are at their best. Ours are really outperforming now as well right now, and I should have some more pics up soon at my place, once I recover my regular blogging balance. (If work would just let up a bit, and not being sick!)

I wonder if our still unidentified (the very first one we planted that had a stake that said simply: Toad Lily, Perennial) one might just be this one. Let me know when I get pics posted, but it looks very similar!

GardenJoy4Me said...

OK .. now "everybody's Toad Lily has more flowers than mine does !" LOL .. great shots of the flowers .. they are amazing because of their exotic look .. and they survive our winters .. even more shocking ! LOL
Joy

GardenAuthor said...

My kind of lightning strike - love all the toadies! All fine shots... a justifiable quandary. ~ Deb

Shady Gardener said...

IVG, Welcome back! You've been missed! I'm glad to hear you're feeling better... keeping up with work AND gardening is very difficult when you're not feeling well! I'll be watching for your pics.

Joy, It is such a nice surprise to find things that not only are exotic looking and beautiful, but that will survive here! ;-) I'm so glad you stopped by.

Deb, This one has finally matured a bit. I really like it, too! :-)

Kylee said...

They're the perfect shady plant, aren't they? My 'Lightning Strike' is blooming now, too. I really love the Tricyrtises. Yours is blooming very nicely! :-)

Shady Gardener said...

Kylee, "Tricyrtis" was a new vocabulary word 5 1/2 years ago... and now, look! (As were brunnera, pulmonaria, etc.) ha. There's a whole new world out there in the shade! ;-)