Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you enjoy the links for this week. So many colorful gardens!
A Rare Bloom
On Plant Talk, Valerie Easton shares some striking images of a flowering Cardiocrinum giganteum. This giant lily is extremely rare and a beautiful pink color. Far Reaches Farm in Port Townsend, Washington is well-known for their array of striking plants, and this lily is no exception. You can even visit to see the flower for yourself!
The Dark Unknown
What’s a gardener to do with shade? That’s the latest question for the Garden Designers Roundtable, and Andrew Keys offers some tips on how to use shade in your garden. He suggests determining what kind of shade you currently have, and to choose plants with flexible sun needs. (And if you need more ideas, keep an eye out for Planting the Dry Shade Garden, a new book we’re releasing soon!)
A Long-Lasting Garden
About.com has some great gardening articles, including this one by David Beaulieu on long-lasting perennials. He writes about types of flowers that bloom all summer—with some maintenance required, of course. A garden with blooming flowers all summer sounds like it would be worth the upkeep, though!
Bugs, Frogs, and More
Margaret Roach shares a slideshow of all the critters she has recently found in her garden. Along with a colorful moth, her photos include millipedes, birds, and chipmunks. The moth (below) is my favorite.