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Friday, September 11, 2009

Tricyrtis - the Toad You'd Love to Kiss!

'Blue Wonder'

'Tojen'

'Taipei Silk'

'Moonlight Treasure'

'Shining Light' bud

'Seiryu'


Pretty Princely, I'd say... Lord Fauntleroy for sure!
I'm nominating (would you vote?) these plants as
Stately Shady Royalty.
:-)


20 comments:

Grace Peterson said...

These are gorgeous! I was unaware of so many varieties. Royalty, yep. You've got my vote. I think my favorite is 'Moonlight Treasure.'
'Taipei Silk' is a close second. (I have 'Miyazaki' but I've got a serious case of plant lust brewing.)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a wonderful collection of Toads you have.

troutbirder said...

If I kissed one would I automatically turn into a prince... my spouse wants to know?

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I love toad lilies (and real toads, too!). I wonder what happened to a really cute toad lily I had... I'm guessing my pumonaria (which needs to be divided) squoze it out!

Rosemary said...

Smooch!

Shady Gardener said...

Grace, I have a couple of other varieties not blooming right now. There are many I don't have. I think the plant breeders have gone bonkers over these plants (understandably!). I ordered Mayakazi a couple of years ago but it came infected with a disease. Reluctantly (last year)I dug it up, but believe it or not, this year it's growing again! I'll see what the blossoms look like, in case I have to try to destroy it again. BTW: My favorite variety (until this year) was 'Lightning Strikes.' It grew nice and tall, yellowish-green leaves (great for the shade) and somewhat bushy. It all died out last year, except for one little piece.

Lisa, I think I've been smitten. ;-)

Troutbirder, Does she Want a prince?? (You mean to say, you're not already one???) lol. :-)

Monica,
I discovered the need to mulch, and protect in the fall, those plants that are exposed to the elements. I suspect that's what happened to my 'Lightning Strikes.' Hope the little piece that grew this Summer will be strong enough to last the Winter.

Rosemary, I understand the urge! ;-)

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I love them all. I can't imagine having a shade garden without a couple of Toadlilies. I'm only up to 3 varieties.

MissyM said...

Oh my, I love that first one. Very interesting. I have never tried Toad Lilies.

Rosey Pollen said...

I am assuming these are shade only plants? Dumb question. They are so pretty, like the cute writing you used in describing them.
Rosey

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

Those are such delicate-looking beauties! So pretty.

Cameron

Shady Gardener said...

MMD, It doesn't matter how many varieties, just that you have some... Aren't they all so different?

Hi Missy M, Thanks for visiting! They do like mostly shade and they do seem to need either a protective spot and/or protective covering for our Zone 4/5 Winters!

Hi Rosey, Yes. They're shade plants, but 'Blue Wonder' is handling an hour or two of sunlight per day...

Hi Cameron, They are delicate looking. I guess that's most of the appeal. :-) How are you? I've not been able to be "out and about" visiting people lately.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I would vote for them too. I love 'Blue Wonder' and Moonlight Treasure'! I'm moving mine this fall and maybe I'll have a bloom to share next summer.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Catherine, I hope so, too! You have such a prolific green thumb! :-)

Sue said...

I wish I had more shady spots for such lovelies as those.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Sue! Some of these don't take much room - at least not yet. "Moonlight Treasure" is just a little clump, so far. :-)

Gail said...

Shady, I would gladly kiss these toads. There is one in my garden~~ Cross your fingers that those are buds i am seeing develop. I thought Tapai Silk was my favorite, but then that Blue Wonder is delightful...They seem very happy in your woodland gardens...sigh. gail

Nutty Gnome said...

I love toads ..... but so did my slugs!!!

I'll try again and hope to get as wonderful a show as you have!

Shady Gardener said...

Gail, I believe Taipei Silk is one I purchased because of your photos! Blue Wonder is very tall and bushy - you'd love him. :-)

Nutty Gnome, Oh boy! Slugs! So far, they've not been a problem with the toads here... hope that continues! :-) And I hope YOU have a great show next year (I'll be watching)!

Kathleen said...

I remember being enchanted by your wonderful toad lilies last fall. You have such a nice assortment Shady Gardener ~ you might be making me want to add a few to my garden!!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Kathleen. ;-)