But, sometimes I admit to bias towards the Ligularia that grows beneath the Smoke Tree.
When I bought it, the Ligularia was post bloom and nearly dead in its little container. It was some kind of late season sale and I could buy everything for 90% off. That was probably 15 years ago.
It grows a bit larger every year but doesn't seed. The blooms last for a short time, but I leave the stalks to dry until I can't put it off any longer and then clip them off. It appreciates the shade of the smoke tree and wilts if the sun reaches the greenery.
This photo was taken in 2007 -- but you can see how large the leaves are and how perfectly the yellow spikes display their confetti style blossoms.
This was an early morning capture this summer -- a brave stalk sneaking a peak through the branches of the Smoke Tree.
I guess I admire the fragile beauty and its stubborn resolve. It keeps coming back -- through cold winter's night and hot summer's glare. So many of my perennials, that seem much hardier, have let me down.
Yeah for all my old blogging friends for their stubborn resolve, too! Click to enjoy their favorite garden or house plant!