Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Favorite Spring Water Plants
We hope that frost warnings are a thing of the past as we head into the month of June.
May 2008 was the coldest since 2002 nationwide and the coldest since 1988 here in Michigan.
Silver Lining.....most spring blooming plants, while blooming the later than usual have had incredible staying power.
The above photo shows 2 of my favorite Spring Bog Plants.
In the foreground Mimulus luteus , common name 'Monkey Flower'. A moisture loving plants the freely flowers most of the summer and self seeds with abundance. As 'Monkey Flower' matures the plant will reach out into your water garden taking up nitrites and helping to combat algae blooms.
In the background Myosotis palustris, 'Water Forget Me Not', a favorite of all who see it blooming at the edge of our pond. It like 'Monkey Flower' will self seed and if cut back after flowering will bloom again.
Two bog plants not to be without in your Water Garden.