|Eremurus or foxtail lilies|
|A Clematis 'Rooguchi' bud seems to tower above a variegated Japanese Aster.|
|Our Franklinia lost its main stem three years ago but seems |
to be branching out and bouncing back.
Did I mention this area is also host to the best-looking Franklinia altamaha tree in the area? The story behind this tree (according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia) is that John and William Bartram found a little patch of this really cool-looking tree in 1765 while exploring the forests of Georgia right along the Altamaha River. They took plants and seeds back home to Philadelphia for propagation, which is a good thing, because the tree has proved elusive in nature since the early 1800s.
Some say it was a tree destined for extinction, found by a fluke and too finicky to bother with. It is said to have fragrant, camellia-like blooms in summer, but if that doesn't happen soon, I can't see devoting space to the tree in an already crowded garden. Our Franklinia has healthy-looking but reddish leaves and lots of new growth.
|Franklinia leaves up close|