Six on Saturday – June 30

Funny weather for the end of June. Cool, with rain, but not enough rain to forego watering. Here are my Six for today and do check out The Propagator’s blog for more Six on Saturday posts.

1. Lots of Little Clouds

If I seem to be posting photos of clouds rather often, it’s because the weather has been so changeable and the sky is a perfect representation of that. This week we’ve seen grey skies, but also these adorable puffy clouds:

Little Clouds

2. Tiger Lilies

The tiger lilies are blooming again: a combination of ‘Hiawatha’ (red) and ‘Sweet Surrender’ (white). ‘Hiawatha’ is a recent hybrid and I am curious about the name and how it came about. Research on this topic has opened up a Pandora’s Box of accusations of cultural appropriation and racial stereotyping. The accusations are not directed at the hybridizer (Richard Woods?), but at the creators of poems, works of fiction and films.

  •  The ‘real’ Hiawatha was a Native American semi-historical figure who was the co-founder of the Iroquois Confederacy;
  • Hiawatha is a fictional character in the epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha, which relates the fictional adventures of an Ojibwe warrior named Hiawatha and the tragedy of his love for Minnehaha, a Dakota woman.
  • Little Hiawatha (also called Hiawatha) is a 1937 animated cartoon produced by Walt Disney, inspired by Longfellow’s poem;
  • In J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play and subsequent novel, Peter Pan, Tiger Lily is referred to as an Indian princess who belongs to a tribe who resides in Neverland. The Peter Pan story was taken up again in a 1953 Disney movie and a more recent film with Rooney Mara in the role of Tiger Lily. Much was made of the casting of a caucasian actor in the role; however, doubts were raised as to as to whether Tiger Lily might not be indigenous. Perhaps she was kidnapped from some Anglo locale as a child, much like Peter, adopted by this Neverland tribe and raised as a princess.

So, was the hybridizer thinking of “Peter Pan” when the tiger lily/Hiawatha connection was made? Sorry, I can’t answer that question. My search has ended at an Internet dead end. It’s a beautiful flower, though; and a great companion to ‘Sweet Surrender’.

[Click on either photo to enlarge.]

3. Thalictrums

Several Thalictrums (common name, Meadow-Rue) are blooming or about to bloom. Thalictrum flavum has been blooming for weeks. It is about 1.5 metres high and sways with every passing breeze. Thalictrum rochebrunianum is next in line and I expect to see the lovely violet blooms any day now. A blurry Martagon Lily appears in the second photo. I wanted to highlight the leaves of Thalictrum flavum, which are blue green and delicate.

4. A Better Photo of the Martagon Lily

Martagon Lily

5. Veronica and Veronicastrum

The violet flowered plant pictured below is Veronica; the white flowered one is Veronicastrum virginicum. There are about 500 species of Veronica, and I don’t know which one this is. Common names include speedwell, bird’s eye, and gypsyweed.  Some common names of Veronicastrum are Culver’s root and Bowman’s root.

6. Romneya coulteri

A warning to readers about Romneya coulteri (Coulter’s Matilija poppy or California tree poppy). It is difficult to propagate; but once it is established, it may take over your entire garden. I became enamoured of this plant a number of years ago and have written posts about it: Coulter’s Matilija Poppy and Romneya Coulteri, or Matilija Poppies, again, both written in 2011 when I was struggling to grow the plant. Since our move to a new and better garden, I’ve managed to obtain and establish three plants. It’s a risky undertaking, but I still find the flowers irresistibly beautiful.

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – June 30

  1. Love all the lilies. Mine’ve been eaten to near death by beetles, so lovely to see someone’s doing well. And that Veronica! the white ones w/the poppies in the back are simply wowser!

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    • Thanks! I’m so glad you’ve commented on my blog, as I’ve had a lot of trouble trying to comment on any blog other than a WordPress one. I do admire your blog, but just haven’t figured out all the “right” answers to the questions I’m presented with.

      I’m lucky with the lilies, but we’ve had a deer problem this year: just one doe, but she’s nearly destroyed my blueberry bushes, which had a good crop of nearly ripe blueberries on them. This was the first year there were blueberries in significant numbers. Sigh.

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      • My father would wage war w/the starlings over his blueberries. He planted them near the house & covered them w/muslin. In my memory, he never won those wars. Screen cages might be the only thing to keep wildlife from stealing blueberries, but who can blame them? You must be disappointed, but you’ve made one doe very happy.

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      • My feelings about deer are mixed. Their numbers are increasing in urban settings because their habitats are being destroyed by suburban spread. Unfortunately, cougars follow them in. The deer cause dangerous situations on roads, as well. They are becoming less wary of people and more aggressive.

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  2. I was given a veronica very like yours but with blue flowers and have rather lazily been calling it Veronica spicata without bothering to check. It does seem to be a fairly popular species with several varieties around, so maybe that is what it is.
    My mother had a work colleague whose parents had been so enamoured of Longfellow that they gave their daughter the name Minnehaha as her middle name. Her surname was Harper.

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  3. Tiger lilies are in my wish list. I didn’t grow them until now but I do like their colors. About the Martagon lily, I’m waiting for mine but planted too late I guess I’ll have to wait until next year …
    Gorgeous Romneya coulteri flowers :elegant but fragile at the same time

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  4. Matilija poppy should not be that difficult to propagate by division once you get a large clump of it. I suppose it would be more work from seed, especially if they seed needed to be scarified by fire. That is sort of weird. I have never tried to grow them that way, although I know that many specie that are purported to require scarification by fire germinate just fine without it. There is a large colony of Matilija poppy just south of town. they get rather weedy, and no one is there to cut them down at the end of the season. In gardens where they get watered, they often rot.

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      • Yes, the seedlings are rather sensitive. It is unfortunate. Many of the natives are like that. They need water because they are potted, but they rot so easily if damp.

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  5. I love the Romneya flowers too. I have two plants in my garden and so far they’ve been controllable. It isn’t such a well- known plant here and not easy to source. Your lilies are gorgeous, and thanks for the interesting research!

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      • I’ve had them about three years. I thought they were supposed to flower for an extended period of time, but mine flower in Spring and that’s all. They seem to do quite a bit of dying back before the next flowering.

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      • My daughter has had them in her garden for nearly ten years now. They are huge and flower for months. Last year she got fed up with one of them and mowed it to the ground. This year it is back, at least six feet tall and full of blooms. My own plants are about three years, like yours. I think it takes them longer to really get going. After that, watch out!

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      • I’m glad I haven’t experienced that firsthand. We do have a youngish doe hanging out in the garden right now. We don’t have a dog, but my husband does a really good imitation of a barking, snarling dog. Bit frightening, actually. No doubt the deer will catch on after awhile and start ignoring him.

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  6. I loved the stories of Hiawatha! It is such a fun word to say as is Minnehaha. I read Longfellow’s poem over and over as a child, and was astounded when I met a Puelbo man actually named Hiawatha! Longfellow come to life in the person of a University professor!

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