Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Blackberry Lily, Belacanda chinensis, has had it tough all year, but continued to keep growing and blooming. At the lower left hand corner of this picture you can see the ragged edged leaves where something chomped it down in the Spring. What finally protected it were the Alliums that were planted among it, which discouraged further damage. But there have been lots of flowers to replace those eaten.
The color has changed with the heat of July and August, losing much of the dark purple, and becoming more of a nondescript off-color green. I have almost come to expect that of any other-than-green foliage, to fade in the heat, so it is not a surprise.
The other plants that have continued blooming through the harsh weather are the hardy hibiscus. There are currently three plants, ranging from deep scarlet, to mauve to a bright, clear pink.
'Walter Fleming' is the scarlet one, and it continues to perform well in its third year in the labyrinth.
With the size of each flower around nine inches, and the dark intense red able to hold its own in bright sunlight, this plant offers important color to the garden. I am well pleased with this choice.
I have done some Internet research, but have been unable to positively confirm its name. So, if you know, let me know.