Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Beatle's Garden

Yes, that would be Beatle's, not beetle's. Continuing on with the Rocking the Garden entries from my last post, here is a special edition featuring all Beatles songs. As before, the listing starts with the botanical name (or common name) and then the Beatles song it references. I have of course taken creative license in  a few of these (it's creative license, someone has to use it).

Croton 'Revolution' -- "Revolution." The question here is: the slow or fast version. BTW, this variety of croton, which features twisting leaves, is pretty fab.
Aralia 'Sun King' -- "Sun King." Kudos to you if you recognize this song that's part of the Side Two medley on Abbey Road.
Pachira, aka 'Money Tree' -- "Money (That's What I Want)." This rock 'n roll classic, not written by the Beatles of course, first appeared on the Beatles album titled The Beatles' Second Album,' a confusing title since it was either their 4th or 5th album, depending on how you count them.
Brunfelsia aka Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow -- "Yesterday." You may have heard of this song ...
Mimulus 'Eleanor' -- "Eleanor Rigby." This Sticky Monkey flower variety doubles as a Turtles reference, being the exact title of their smash hit.
Delphinium 'Blue Jay' -- Okay, you're way ahead of me on this. Harrison's Blue Jay Way was a great four minute slice of hazy psychedelica from Magical Mystery Tour.
CA poppy 'Strawberry Fields' -- I'm pretty certain whoever named this CA poppy was a Beatles fan. Count yourself as a real Beatles fan if you know that there's a 2.5 acre area in Central Park NY to commemorate Lennon's legacy. It includes a beautiful tile mosaic with the word 'Imagine' at its center.
Euphorbia 'Blackbird' -- "Blackbird" One of McCartney's songs from the White Album of course.
And I'll add to this the one Beatles entry from the last posting, Impatiens sodenii 'Madonna.' (Lady Madonna).

So there you have it, those damn Beatles are everywhere, even "Within You Without You."

And now the photos.

Canna sp. I keep track of all my plants in my computer but thinking this canna had given up the ghost, I deleted it from the list. It's a dwarf and a saturated red. It's holding down the front of my tropical corner.

Caryopteris 'Hint of Gold.' This new variety with its golden foliage and soft purple flowers is pretty fab. It's mostly upright but this trailing  branch looks quite pretty dangling in front of the burnished pot.

Oxalis sp. Once you get over your knee-jerk reaction to the word 'oxalis,' you find there are many great species out there. It may surprise some to know that most oxalis species are bulbs (in the inclusive use of that term) and hail from South Africa.

Lilium 'Black Beauty.' I thought this shot of them dangling over the sidewalk was kind of fun. It's my most prolific lily, with one stem holding 22 flowers and the other 17!

Streptosolen. I've taken lots of photos of my exuberant marmalade bush but this one was a little unusual, being an arching branch weighted down by flowers.

Crossandra. This Firecracker Flower (the subject of an upcoming column) isn't so named for its color but rather for the fact that its fallen seedpods can "explode" when stimulated by rainfall or humidity, casting the individual seeds far and wide.

Grevillea rosmarinifolia 'Dwarf Form.' This low growing 'rosemary' grevillea has exceptionally lovely flowers. I have it at the front entrance of our walkway to greet visitors.

Datura 'Blackcurrant Swirl.' Proof that people in the gardening world are obsessed with food (doesn't the variety name sound like a kind of ice cream?), this has been a real find.The deep purple/black stems add another level of interest.

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea.' This dwarf false cypress will be added to my Japanese Garden plot. I fell in love with it at first sight.

Snapdragon 'Canary Bird.' Pure lemon yellow! What's not to like?

Impatiens irvingii. My exploration into the wide (and sometimes wild) world of species impatiens continues. This one is very vigorous, semi-scandent and has those intense fuchsia-colored flowers.

Hedychium gardnerianum (before the glory). This unopened flower spear looks kind of cool and the diffused lighting gave it a certain unique appeal.

Tricyrtis hirta variegata. A cool, more white than purple toad lily.

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