A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 86 – Veronica

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“Reaching – Veronica spicata” – Summer 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

4 Days to Go

I have a ridiculous amount of stuff to do today… Starting with this blog post… And ending with a fruit tree maintenance and theory workshop I will be presenting this afternoon… Depending on time I may even demonstrate a few grafting techniques…

Veronica… More specifically… Veronica spicata… “Spiked Speedwell”… Is a flowering perennial plant known for its spikes of tightly packed flowers commonly available in blue, pink, and white…

Veronica spicata is a very easy plant to grow… It grows from a slowly expanding crown… I prune mine twice a year… Once after the spring blooms die… And again at the end of the season… I don’t recommend pruning in early spring as it tends to eliminate the early spring blooms…

I have had considerable luck digging this plant out of the ground and dividing the root mass into 4 parts… I have had a 100% success rate with this method as long as each piece has some of the crown attached…

I believe this plant produces sterile seeds… I have tried to save and germinate without any luck… Also I have let it self seed on its own… Again… No luck… This post has more info relating to Veronica spicata than Wikipedia so I am not even including the link to the plant photographed above… The link provided below is for the plant genus…

I am so sorry this has to be a short post… But the sun is now up and I get to go collect scion wood for my demonstration this afternoon… As always…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

If you want some science – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veronica_(plant)

These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring when I start writing more… My source (where applicable) is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information…

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A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 85 – Ironweed

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“New York Ironweed” – Late Summer 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA

A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

5 Days to Go

Vernonia noveboracensis… But I prefer the common name “Ironweed”… Or in the case of the photograph above “New York Ironweed”… Ironweed is a shade of blue-purple that is a perfect compliment to the golden-yellow color of “Goldenrod”…Being that they bloom at the same time… In the same environment… One could go as far as to say they evolved to grow together… Which they did…

I think it is important to remember that plants that are beneficial to each other typically don’t clash in physical appearance… In my own experience… Companion plants are often complimentary to each other in more ways than just health…

Ironweed is one of the seeds I recently collected and am now germinating… I plan on doing this plant again next Winter with more details… One fact I can tell you… It is downright aggressive in swampy conditions… It will chase other plants out…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

If you want some science – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernonia – Genus

Photo Specific – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernonia_noveboracensis

These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring when I start writing more… My source (where applicable) is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information…

This website and all of the information presented within is provided free by the author… Me… It is my sole opinion and is not representative of anyone other than myself… You can contact me directly with questions at – c.condello@hotmail.com

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