Saturday, March 22, 2014

A WILDFLOWER I WOULDN'T BE WITHOUT

Yesterday I spotted the first bloom on my blue gilia, Gilia rigidula. I doubt you will ever see this flower at the nurseries and I have never seen it for sale at the Wildflower Center plant sales. Maybe it is just too delicate for most gardens.


I have a very special place for it. It is atop a dry stack wall where it is slowly spreading by seed. Furthermore I have a good view from my window. This plant is difficult to transplant and I consider myself fortunate that I was successful in this and that I gave it a happy home. It seems to love this chalky, stoney spot. Blue gilia is a member of the phlox family and usually makes a prolific bloom in spring. It also blooms periodically though out the summer, usually after rainfall.

7 comments:

  1. Such an amazing shade of blue-very nice!

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  2. Such a beautiful blue! I'm glad it's found a home with you and that you share it with us!

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  3. How beautiful! Looks like it is happy in its new home.

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  4. What a jewel! Such a stunning deep blue. It stands as tribute to your skills as a gardener that you were able not only to move the plant without killing it outright, but you've chosen such an appropriate spot that it is reseeding as reward. If this is a plant that will be rarely seen in "captivity" it is fitting that your garden beds will be one of the few spots to see one. And, thanks as always for sharing it with the rest of us.

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