Gardening Gone Wild has invited us all to another photo contest. The subject is containers this time, and I just can't resist showing off some of my container natives that I've planted. Here's the photo I'd like to submit to the contest:
A blue pot with Epipactis gigantea (stream orchid), a blooming Heuchera (coral bells), a few leaves of Aquilegia (columbine) and Sedum spurium (stone crop) 'Dragons blood'.
It was a tough decision to make. I wanted some variety, so I'm not entering this photo of Gilia tricolor (bird's-eye gilia) in a pot. I do like the lighting, though, and the Gilia have been a wonderful addition to the spring garden.
I also have a set of black pots, and I was thinking of entering them in the competition. I lusted after these clay pots, which have a slightly irridescent but not very shiny finish for quite a while before I allowed myself to spend the money. And I really do think they're very classy and perfect with the shade plants I'm growing in them.
Above a set of three pots. On the left Ceanothus 'Diamond Heights' with Polystichum munitum (Western sword fern). Toward a back, a fern that came with the house and that I dug up with Heuchera 'Limelight'. And in the small pot in the front, Polemonium californicum (Jacob's ladder). Alas, the photo background, with the edge of the benches making a line through the picture, does not qualify this photo for the competition (great plants, though!).
This second black pot in the other corner is one of my favorites, with Heuchera 'Limelight', some Asarum caudatum (wild ginger), and Dryopteris arguta (Wood fern). I actually spent about an hour on this picture, but the background is, again, the problem. Nice plants, but who wants to see the fence?
And now for a non-native that I couldn't resist. I have two small Japanese maples, one lime green and one that starts red and moves over green to an orange fall color. Here she is in her spring outfit:
A beautiful plant, and I love the pot, which I bought from Mountain Maples. Again I'm not sure the background works, though I do think the morning light looks good, and I like the angle (I spent much of that morning either climbing onto something or lying on the ground, enjoying how things might look from a butterfly's or a beetle's point of view).
Making the photos has been great fun. Looking at their competition potential has been a bit humbling, but I just enjoy participating. I'm looking forward to having a look at pots around the country (oh wait, we're calling them containers), and hearing what the expert has to say.