Purple Flower Arrangements
Remove the entire spike. Agastache x 'Purple Haze'. Achillea 'Pink Grapefruit' Common Name: Yarrow A wonderful mix of non-fading blooms in salmon, yellow, apricot, cherry and white are produced in 3"-5" clusters throughout the summer. I love this plant!
I was pretty excited as I watched the scapes rise. A rabbit had taken advantage of the messy foliage mound and dug a burrow directly underneath it, which I had now destroyed. Luckily my shovel did not crush any of the 4 eyes-still-closed baby bunnies inside of it.
I reconstructed a fake burrow by cutting a black plastic nursery pot in half and then covering it with mulch. I placed the babies back inside and on advice put down markers so I could tell if the mother returned. After two days the mother had not returned so I took the babies to a local wildlife rescue place where they could be nursed. Apparently they were really closed to being weaned naturally, despite still having their eyes closed, so they had a good chance at survival I was told.
Coneflowers have a long bloom period, which I like, but I dislike the big brown center on the standard coneflower. The double varietes are like much more attractive to me and I grow one of the original pink cultivars already. I noticed my neighbor had one of these the other day, and it was doing well, and it seems like it would be the perfect plant for the spot where the kniphofia was.
I had originally wanted a nicely blooming bright red perennial for that spot after all. This is an exciting story. Finding those bunnies is truly unique and special that you were able to help them.
Your right, gold coins would be nice too. Thank you for sharing, great pictures. They simply gorgeous and seems to be a favorite of hummingbirds. I have Red Hot Pokers in my garden. They are a blessing because they are so hardy and can handle the temperatures of Northern nevada. I have found that not watering directly over the plant helps to keep them green in winter.
As for Kniphofia, I always saw it looking like in the first picture and I think it is a very wonderful plant. Have you ever grown a pet plant that Moves when you Tickle It? I found the TickleMe Plant to be my favorite house plant to grow as the leaves fold and the branches fall down when Tickled. Just search Pet TickleMe plant to see it in action. I moved in to a property that is a gardening paradise, and VERY heavy on the lilies probably over lilies of varying species.
I have to say, the Torch Lily is one of my favorites. The unique shape makes it a real conversation piece. No wonder the previous homeowner put it front and center! I would take a bunny burrow as a consolation prize, though. I planted a red hot poker in a large decorative pot on the side of our front porch. Have had a lot of blooms through the summer. Anxious to transplant and split this fall! Pokers need Heat and full sun to bloom well. Not to be planted together, no wonder poker only bloomed for 3 days.
Move to sunnier spot!! I have the red hot poker plants and I love them. They are beautiful when they bloom. They stay green all summer.
People stop by our home and ask what they are. Last year I helped my daughter plant red hot pokers in the flower beds to the front of her home, western exposure.
The front of her house gets so hot you can hardly touch the front door in summer. Needless to say, the red hot pokers flourished to the point where they almost took over the beds. We are digging them up this year and transplanting them to my home I really love the plant but they can get huge and overpowering where they will follow the fence line to my backyard.
I remember our neighbor planted torch lilies in the narrow garden between our property and theirs. I loved to watch the hummingbirds as they feasted on the plants. I planted them in a large pot on the edge of my patio where they would good sun exposure but would not take over my yard as the plant produced new growth.
I love them and so do the hummingbirds. I love this plant! Mine bloom for a very long time. I have two varieties, the early variety has wider leaves and started blooming last week.
I like the color, the unusual shape and I love the texture of the spiky leaves, not unlike a pineapple. It adds a nice variety to the more rounded leaves of the other plants in my garden.
I grew this in my MI garden, and it was absolutely incredibly successful. And no bunny nests. It is possible yours just needed a couple more years to become the incredible plant it can become. Not sure where you garden. Mine bloomed from early July into November every year as long as I cut the spent flower stalks back. Otherwise, you are giving the plant the message to no longer grow because it has completed its life cycle for the growing season.
Keep the spent flower stalks cut back, and the plant will put up new flower stalks. And the hummingbirds in my yard flocked to this plant! The red hot poker is by far my favorite. We are in PA and they are extremely cold hardy, no covering in winter. I love the tropical look they give. By far the most beautiful and long lasting flower in my garden.
Split well too, I got 4 huge ones and started with one. I have these red hot poker plants all over my yard. They obviously were planted by the previous owners and they just keep throwing up blooms every year without any help from me. I have even run over them with the lawn mower at times but they bounce back.
We also suggest they are placed within easy viewing, so you won't miss the Hummingbirds when they visit! Red Hot Poker plants are grown from seeds. They can be directly seeded into your flower garden, or seeded indoors for transplanting later. Ideal plant spacing is 18" ". Thin or transplant seedlings, if needed, when they reach 2". They will tolerate a little crowding. Established plants can also be propagated by plant division. Separate in spring or late fall.
Replant in desired location, with the crowns at or just below the soil level. Red Hot Poker plants are very easy to grow. The like full sun.
They prefer loose, rich soil that drains well. It is important to avoid wet soils, as the crowns can rot. Mix in compost when planting, if your soil is not rich. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.
Once your Red Hot Poker are established, they should grow well with few problems. They will grow on their own with little care or attention. Just make sure to view them often, to enjoy their brilliant blooms.
And, if you're growing red Hot Pokers, you will likely find Hummingbirds. They are attracted to the tubular flowers. Red is best color for attracting Hummingbirds. Flower spikes will begin to bloom in the spring.