Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Nifty Fifty

Fifty posts!  I'm celebrating -- it's a little tiny milestone, to be sure, but I am happy to be here.

Here's a list of fifty plants in my garden -- and these are the true workhorses: the trees, shrubs, vines, ferns and gingers.  I was surprised at how easy it was to come up with 50 of them.  I have a small garden - less than 5,000 square feet, and yes, it does have flowers, grass, vegetables, herbs, bulbs and other plants.  I guess I'm a bit of a collector after all!

Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)
Drummond Red Maple (Acer rubrum var. drummondii)
Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)
Crape Myrtle – Basham’s Party Pink, Catawba (Lagerstroemia indica)
Chinese Fringetree (Chionanthus retusus)
Mayhaw (Crataegus aestivalis)
Texas Persimmon (Diospyrus texana)
Savannah Holly (Ilex x. attenuata ‘Savannah’)
Weeping Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’)
Orange – Republic of Texas (Citrus sinensis ‘Republic of Texas’)
Lemon – Improved Meyer (Citrus limon ‘Improved Meyer’)
Satsuma – Dwarf Brown Select (Citrus unshui ‘Dwarf Brown Select’)
Holly – Nellie R. Stevens (Ilex x. ‘Nellie R. Stevens’)
Cherry – Hirome Dwarf (Prunus sp. ‘Hirome’)
Apple – Grafted Espalier - Anna, Dorsett Golden, Fuji (Malus domestica)

Tasmanian Tree Fern (Dicksonia antarctica)
Dwarf Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria ‘Nana’)
Pink Indigo (Indigofera kirilowii)
Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
Boxwood (Buxus microphylla)
Azalea – Crimson Majesty (Rhododendron indica ‘Crimson Majesty’)
Azalea – Crimson Princess (Rhododendron indica ‘Crimson Princess’)
Azalea – Pink Gumpo (Rhododendron ‘Gumpo’)
Gardenia – Daisy (Gardenia radicans ‘Daisy’)
Spiderlily (Hemerocallis galvestonensis)
Crinum (Crinum x.)
Dwarf Barbados Cherry (Malphigia glabra)
Indian Hawthorn Dwarf Umbellata (Rhaphiolepis umbellata ‘Minor’)
Australian Rosemary (Westringia fruticosa)
Bouganvillea - Juanita Hatten and Barbara Karst (Bouganvillea spp.)
African Iris (Dietes bicolor)
Butterfly Iris (Moraea iridioides)
Roses - Cinco de Mayo, Julia Child, Valentine, Spice (Rosa floribunda, mostly)
Lantana (Lantana camara)

Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet)
Butterfly Ginger (Hedychium coronarium)
Cardamom Ginger (Alpinia nutans)
Peacock Ginger (Kaempferia laotica)
Mauve Dancing Ladies Ginger (Globba winitii)

Passionflower (Passiflora spp.)
Fig Ivy (Ficus pumila)
Bengal Clock Vine (Thunbergia battiscombei)
Variegated Vinca (Vinca major)
Pitcher Clematis (Clematis pitcheri)
Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis ternifolia)
Coral Vine (Antigonon leptopus)
Pink Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum)

Australian Sword Fern (Nephrolepis obliterata)
Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum)
Southern Wood Fern (Dryopteris normalis)

Also celebrating: fathers everywhere.  Happy Father's Day to my dad, Mike Blocher and my husband, Tom Barrow.  You two are my heroes.

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