Thursday, November 13, 2008

How about a little gold?



I couldn't help but notice how the sun was lighting up this Arkansas Blue Star the other day so I snapped a picture. I brought this plant home from the nursery last fall and planted it here in the bird bath garden. I really wasn't sure what I had here but I thought free plant, hey why not. Well it has turned out to be a great plant for all seasons. This spring it was a beautiful springy green color with a nice and airy texture. Then it bloomed little pale blue blooms. And now it is a little mass of gold. So I thought it was blog-worthy. Here's some facts on it:

Botanical name-Amsonia hubrichtii
Full sun to partial sun
2.5' T
2.5' W
Blooms late spring-no fragrance
Prefers well draining soil but it has adapted to my wetter than wet bed
If it gets leggy after blooming just trim back to keep bushy

I like it so well I think I may need to get another or two.

18 comments:

Darla said...

That is a pretty color for fall, it sort of looks like it has pine needles...

Mildred said...

How pretty this is! Thanks for sharing.

Meadowview Thymes said...

I agree with Darla--it looks like pine needles!
LOVE your new banner! So pretty and fall looking! :)

Susie said...

Darla-It does look kind of like pine needles but it is soft to touch.

Mildred-Thank you.

Meadowview-Soft pine needles. Thanks! I've been having fun changing it out.

beckie said...

Susie, I love how you rescue unwanted plants and give them tender loving care. They must appreciate too as they seem to flourish for you. The gold is such a pretty fall color.

I checked out the Cutest blog site and am working on it. Thanks!

Susie said...

Beckie-I'm glad you checked it out. I thought it was pretty easy to do and I'm not technically advanced. Good luck with it and I look forward to what you come up with.

Kanak Hagjer said...

That bit of gold does add a pretty touch to your garden. But your header photo--WOW!!

Susie said...

Kanak-Thanks for your sweet comment. That is one of the photos I took from our early morning excursion the other day.

judicreations said...

Hi Susie
What a great bargain on a great plant. I've never seen that one before but I love the colour and the look.
It looks like it'll become fuller and fuller each year. Nice.
Have a great day and thank you for dropping by to visit!
Judi

Daisy said...

There's gold in them there hills or gardens! Pretty plant, Susie. :D


Have a great weekend!

perennialgardener said...

What a pretty plant. I like the airy almost fernlike foliage. It's a keeper for sure.

DP Nguyen said...

It's very pretty, and I agree--the sun lighting it up makes it even better.

Susie said...

Judi-That plant will continue to get bigger and fuller. I really would like a couple more.

Thanks Daisy, hope you have a great weekend too!

Racquel-I'm really happy that it has turned out like it has.

D.P.- The sun lighting it up was what caught my eye.

marmee said...

this is a little like a golden pine needle, is there such a thing? i am sure en mass it would look spectacular.
i have said i like your new page and header! evokes the fall festive feeling, say that ten times really fast.

Susie said...

marmee-It does look kind of like golden pine needles except a lot more softer. Fall festive feeling, no I wouldn't even try to say that fast 3 times.

The Organic Gardener said...

Ah, how cool, I wish I had a birdbath garden! You lucky duck you! I like the blue star, and I bet you like it even better since you got it free!

Miss Sandy said...

Neat plant! I have a plant question for you. I planted two Lady Banks climbing plants on each side of our well, hoping they would climb it. They stay green all year long, have been planted for two years, never bloomed, even though they had blooms when I bought them, and they have barely grown. So you know how I can boost their growth and hopefully get some beautiful yellow blooms? I have tried Miracle Grow. Thanks for any help you can give.

Terra said...

This is a fun blog with a light spirit; I like the butterfly "Gift from God" photos.
Glad to meet ya,
Terra