Entering Summer - 2014 - This backyard view from upstairs in the dining room.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

This is such a fun, late-blooming flower!

Can you tell how it gets its name??

'Turtlehead'
Chelone obliqua


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14 comments:

nancybond said...

It really does look like a turtle head! What an adorable bloom. Judging by your header photo, your shady garden is doing very, very well!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I love the Turtleheads, one of my most colorful flowers now blooming.

Rosey Pollen said...

What a lovely color! I have never EVEN seen or heard of this plant. Which rock do I live under?
Rosey

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I love Chelone, the flower form & the color. I still don't have any, I'm not sure if they'd be happy here, but I can imagine such great plant combos with them.

Shady Gardener said...

Nancy, The summer weather here has been quite cool, rainy and wonderful for the most part. We completely missed the hot 100degree days and dormant grass. Yep, things pretty much look great around here.

Catherine, And you have a lot of color blooming these days!

Hi Rosey! ha! No rock - I found this plant, quite by accident, a few years ago. It's made a nice clump!! You'd like it.

MMD, I'm convinced you could grow this plant! I have it in quite a shady spot with only bright light/dappled sunlight. It's made such a nice "clump" these past few years!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I have a few of these blooming now too. Lovely. Happy GBBD.

Gail said...

Another lovely shade garden plant Shady! Your garden must be lush right now! gail

Shady Gardener said...

Lisa, I look forward to these. :-)

Gail, Hmmmm. It looks good but not so lush. It's starting to look "old" in some areas and tired in others. It's very dry right now. I've dumped a 5 gallon bucket of water here and there and the water rarely runs anywhere except that it soaks Right into the ground!

Sue said...

I've never grown these. It looks like there are lots of the blooms in the background. Pretty!

Shady Gardener said...

Sue, These are yet another easy-to-grow perennial that pretty much cares for itself. :-) It can handle dry weather for quite awhile, as well. You are catching the fast fading rudbeckia in the background.

Nell Jean - Seedscatterer said...

One of my mother's favs, I've never grown Turtleheads.

Happy Bloom Day, a bit late. I had server problems.

Shady Gardener said...

Nell Jean, Thanks for your visit! It doesn't matter about lateness - even when you're posting! ;-)
In my fairly shady spot, they're doing very well.

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

That's great! It sure does look like a turtle's head!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Kylee, If you don't have this plant, you would love it! Very care-free. I shared a few plants with friends in their mostly sunny spot this summer. They're doing very well!