Thursday, November 11, 2010

Three for Thursday: Cloudy With A Chance of Starshine



There were many stellar new additions to the front gardens during the recent renovations but Farfugium japonicum 'Jitsuko's Star' definitely stands out right now.  I had admired the compact mound of rounded deep green foliage when I saw this plant at The Arbor Gate in September during Heidi Sheesley's and Chris Wiesinger's talk on bulbs and companion plants. When Otahal and I made our trek out to Treesearch, this plant was on my 'must have' list, even though I expected to be less than charmed by the bright yellow blooms when they appeared.  Yellow has always been my least favorite color of flower, although in recent years the cheery profusion of sunny golden blossoms on Copper Canyon Daisy has persuaded me that it's a color worth including.



Then 'Jitsuko's Star' began to bloom recently and I can't help myself ... I'm smitten!  The double yellow blooms, daisy-like though they may be, remind me of trumpet Daffodils.  I may have to underplant the Farfugiums (a/k/a Leopard Plants) with Narcissus as my own private joke.


This shade-loving perennial should be able to handle our hot and humid summers; it's hardy below zero so we don't need to worry about its succumbing to even our coldest winter weather. According to the  Plant Delights Nursery website, this variety is also known as 'Yaezaki', which they say means 'double flower'.   The blooms are borne on tall scapes that PDN says can reach 3 feet but are about 18 inches high on my plants.   On this cloudy and damp fall day, the bright yellow flowers are a welcome splash of color.


I hope you'll join me and post your own Three for Thursday.  Pick 3 pictures of plants from your garden ... tell us about 3 books you've read that you want to share ... rant about 3 things that bug the heck out of you ... show us 3 pieces of garden art or 3 photos of egregious crimes against gardening ... you choose what your three will be.  Just have fun and feel free to be wildly creative!

5 comments:

Leslie said...

I like those blooms too...and I am likewise picky about yellow. My post is up for Three for Thursday too...a few of my current bloomers.

Alison said...

What a pretty plant! I've seen the single-flowered ones at local nurseries, but wasn't sure if I'd like it. When I first saw your pictures, I thought it was a Ligularia. I'll have to check out this double-flowered one. I wonder how it will hold up to our monstrous PNW slugs? They have chewed my Ligularia to tatters, and this might be a good replacement.

Lynn Bay said...

I love the color and texture of this plant, will check out its suitability to my climate and garden and hopefully add it next spring!

Rose said...

I've learned to like yellow in the garden more and more. These blooms will certainly make an attractive addition to your garden, Cindy!

I'm a day late, I know, but I've been busy taking advantage of our Indian Summer to get lots of garden work done, but I just joined in on "Three for Thursday" with a post, too.

Cindy, MCOK said...

Leslie, these blooms really pop from a distance, too!

Alison, this is indeed a Ligularia. The botanists in their infinite wisdom changed the classification! I've seen PNW slugs and they make mine look like wimps!

Lynn, I know Plant Delights Nursery offers this. I think they said it's hardy to zone 7?

Rose, I enjoyed your 3 for Thursday post ... thank you for joining in!