Thursday, January 31, 2008

Verbena Bonariensis






































Hands down, Verbena Bonariensis is the most popular perennial here at Robin's Nesting Place.

15 comments:

joey said...

Delightful gallery ~ your artful photos are a feast for wintery eyes.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh Robin what delightful pictures. I love pictures of babies hands. I would like to gobble up this sweet little hand. It says so much with that delicate touch.

Mark said...

Great capture of the butterflies and moth, we get the painted lady over here, it is still a migrant and as yet cannot survive the winters, they usually arrive around May time. The hummingbird moths are also an occasional visiter and cause much excitment when they arrice.

Cheers Mark

Macromoments said...

Robin, your butterfly images are beautiful. Your garden must be full of photo opps.

Pam/Digging said...

Man, your camera is awesome---and your hand is steady---to catch that sphinx moth without a blur. Great pics!

kate said...

These photographs are wonderful. What a talented photographer you are. I love Verbena bonariensis too.

Mary said...

Robin, I can't keep up with your posts, glorious posts! In the dead of winter, you brightened my day!!!!

My butterfly photos pale in comparison to yours. They are superb! The baby's hand...Wow.

I love visiting here.

Crafty Gardener said...

Glorious photos of the butterflies and the hummingbird moth. The moths sometimes visit our gardens and I find them fascinating.

jodi said...

Perfect. Perfect, perfect perfect! And lucky you, having this wonderful plant as a perennial; it's only an annual here, and I have yet to have it self-seed, either. This year, I'm seeding transplants, throwing seeds directly into the garden, and if I FIND transplants, I'll plant those too....thank you for this, and I hope it encourages a lot more gardeners to grow V.b.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Thanks so much everyone for the nice comments.

Jodi, after your comment I checked and it isn't supposed to be a perennial in zone 5 either. Mine must be in a micro-climate because the original two plants come back every year, (since 2002). If their not the original, then they come back in the exact same spot year after year. It also freely seeds in this area. To be certain I have it again, I'm going to see if I can still get seeds from the plants and winter sow.

Annie in Austin said...

Gallery is the right word - what a tribute to a wonderful plant, Robin!

You must have some microclimate - my plants die frequently in our wimpy winter, but there are always new seedlings somewhere - just not always where I think they should be ;-]
They'd reseed up in Illinois, too. maybe your your plants are already doing their own version of winter -sowing.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

My first post here is to an old entry, but I'm CRAZY about these butterflies and Hummingbird moth photos and...OMG - this is just so lovely!!! This is something that I would do, too, Robin!!!

Mike said...

Hey Robin: We grow Red Fountain grass (purple) from tissue culture down here in sunny central Florida.

I read somewhere on your bog that you were trying to grow pennisetum rubrum from seed; any luck?

If you would like to try our grass, I would be willing to send you a sample plug or two!

nestinstyle said...

I love verbena. I can't wait to see where they pop up this year. Great photos

suzan said...

Hi Robin, I love your photos! I was searching for info on Verbenia and found your site. Very helpful! I, too, live in central IN and like to garden and take photos. I was wondering if you'd tell me about your camera -- what kind do you use and if there's a special lens you use to get such great shots. Thanks! Susan