This week’s garden vignette is a dreadfully disorganized scramble that was slated for revamping – one of these days.
Then it kept raining, raining and raining and everything grew into a heap of lush green foliage with flowers on top of the mess.
There are two scramblers here – Wine Cups (Callirhoe involucrata) and Clematis ‘Rooguchi’. Most of the plants in this bed had been moved from my old gardens in Glen Ellyn years ago, so the area has functioned more as a holding area than a garden.
So THAT’S my excuse!
I dare you to find it!
Another little garden is taking shape in the distance where a decrepit farm gate is getting replaced with a new one constructed of old barn wood.
I am rather fond of scramblers like Wine Cups for their ability to weave into their neighbors sometimes creating arresting combinations – or sometimes just confusing combinations as you never know what flower belongs to which leaf.
In the prairie it threads its way into Northern Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) which, by the way, is NOT a Honeysuckle, nor is it invasive. I have also let it scramble through Wine and Roses Weigela.
Wine Cups, also called Poppy Mallow, is a member of the mallow family (Hollyhock, and Hibiscus among others) easily recognized by the distinctive flowers.
Wine Cups is drought-tolerant, develops a significant taproot and produces bright magenta flowers all summer long. The color is always clear, never muddy as is common with magenta colored flowers. Native range includes Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas with scattered populations in Illinois.
Hey, I think I can spot the Hydrangea in this shot!
Flowering can be prolonged by removing old flowers before they set seed. Mine have never seeded. If yours have, please comment!
Hurry up – time to get this posted!
Whew – what a workout! I think I’ll take a nap now.