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Saturday, 12 April 2008

Pink Toadflax

One of the many surprises I ran across in my garden while doing the big clean up .. was my Toadflax (these are my pictures of it from last year in August). I haven't seen it mentioned on Blotanical yet .. or did I miss a post perhaps. It just might be one of the most understated plants in the garden world ? .. I find it anything but understated in my appreciation of it gracing my garden. Already it has sent out tall shoots seeking sunshine and fresh air. It truly does bloom almost all season until a hard frost knocks it back. The flowers are wonderfully elegant and delicate. I planted this little beauty about four years ago and I am still a hard core fan of it .. hope other gardeners have some tucked away too ?
Paghat's Garden
Has some good information on the little darling as well !





16 comments:

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Very pretty Joy. I wish we could grow it here, but it get too hot.

The Gardeness said...

I like the foliage on this plant. And it really pops off the rocks you've spread around it.

Nancy J. Bond said...

Blooms that give all summer -- that's my favorite! :) Very pretty.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hi gardeness .. it really is rather a rare plant to see in other peoples gardens I find. Yet it is such a nice one .. yes .. I love rocks ! LOL

Debbie it still blows me away how limited you are with the plants in your area .. wow .. but I know you do grow somethings down there girl ! haha

Jane Marie said...

I've never heard of this plant unless it goes by another name. But I don't recognize it. Research time!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Nancy .. how did you sneak in there ? LOL .. it realy does bloom all season .. if you keep trimming it back after its flushes.

Jane Marie .. I just left the full blotanical name on your site. Good Luck !

Vanillalotus said...

Very pretty. It's interesting how some plants aren't as well excepted as others. I will keep this one on my list to try some time. It looks wonderful.

Cinj said...

I like the plants that bloom all or most of the summer too, more bang for your buck kind of plants!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Cinj .. this is a real keeper for me .. and I stumbled on it quite by accident .. it got my curiosity and I'm glad !

Vanilla .. I don't know why this one seems to be over looked .. maybe just too many new and improved ones on the market ? It is a shame .. I'm glad I have it !

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Yours looks very happy.

chey said...

I really like the delicate appearance of this plant. Will definitely keep an eye out for it this spring.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Chey .. I haven't seen it very much here in Kingston since I bought it .. but well worth the hunt !

"Digital" .. I think it has just the right spot .. phew !

Shady Gardener said...

I'm not familiar with this plant... It's very pretty! It looks like there's sun there, but also a lot of shade due to the fence, etc. Does it bloom for a long period of time?

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hi Shady .. I left a comment on your site saying this is a good bloomer all season .. just sheer off the old blooms and it does bloom again and again .. and it is fine for shade too ! It would be great in your garden too !

tina said...

I did a lot of searching for info on toadflax last October and just couldn't find much. I have blue toadflax which I brought from Maine. It is doing well here. Looking forward to its bloom this summer. I will check out Paghat's garden. I like that source too.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Tina .. I bought this toad flax at a special nursery .. it is my first and only and it is an awesome one most years .. not a lot of people have it for some reason .. I think it is a gorgeous plant : )