Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Solomon’s Seal

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Spring is “busting out all over”…come walk with me…around the yard…careful don’t  step on Zoe…

 

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Solomon’s Seal is an elegant plant that is Native to North America. The slender, arching stems have alternating lance-shaped leaves that are either green or tipped with white. The small, tubular white flowers dangle underneath the leaves. More mature plants tend to have more flowers and are a bit more showy. But it’s the plant form that makes Solomon’s Seal such an interesting plant. They are easy growers, but somewhat slow to become established. Solomon’s Seal is deer resistant. 

The name "Solomon’s Seal" is taken from the shape of the scar on the rhizome where the stem attaches. In some species this scar takes the shape of two overlapped triangles, which is the symbol King Solomon, ruler of Israel from 961 to 931 BC, took to symbolize the union of body and soul. The plants have been used for a number of applications in herbal medicine.

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Variegated Solomon’s Seal is easily grown in reasonably fertile soil in the shade garden. Plants benefit from the presence of some organic matter in the soil.
It also does well on the north side of a house if no shade trees are available. While quite tolerant of drought once established, the plants should be watered their first year after planting to ensure good establishment. It makes an excellent companion plant with Hosta and other shade perennials. Be patient with this beauty because it may take several years for the colony to form sufficient size to show the beauty the plant has to provide.

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The first  Clematis bloom…

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This is the Kwanza Cherry Tree…almost in the declining state…its been too cold and miserable to take pictures…

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Even though it is hard to see…the Japanese Painted Fern is beautiful…

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I love this Candytuft…it blooms for such a long time…

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Oak leaf Hydrangea…

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Hostas and Rudebekia…

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The first Peony bud…

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A variegated Hosta…

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My favorite Japanese Maple…with the wind blowing…

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A large variegated Hosta surrounded by Creeping Jennie and lots of Black-eyed Susans (Rudebekia)…

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The first of the Knock Out Roses….

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Creeping moss that I can’t seem to think of the name…any help out there…its very common…

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Zoe seems to prefer the Forsythia…Thanks for visiting with us..it was fun…

 

Catherine Holman is giving away this awesome painting…visit her blog and comment for a chance to win this lovely…

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16 comments:

  1. Your flowers are lovely - the hostas remind me of a good friend who grew them.

    Lisa

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  2. Beautiful flowers and plants, I must say until tonight that I have never heard of Solomons Seal, what an awesome plant. I am so looking forward to you sharing all of your plants in full bloom. Thank you for sharing.
    Sue

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  3. Did you sneak into my yard and take these pictures? No, I guess not, since I don't have much blooming yet. I have every single flower that you have shown. My Solomons seal was just planted last year. My sweet neighbor gave me hers, and it made it through the winter and is coming up.

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  4. Becky,
    Thanks for the link and good luck! I love that cherry tree.
    Catherine

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  5. Beautiful cherry tree. Happy Earth Day and Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

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  6. you have some great upclose shots how I love to look at all the pretties. My mother and father landscaped their yard and it was truly beautiful

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  7. What beauty you have in your yard right now. It is truly inspiring to see so much blooming this early in the season.

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  8. Hi Becky,
    You have quite the beautiful yard full of fabulous blooms. Your photography is outstanding. Looks like spring has sprung at your home. Thank you for the tour. Happy Outdoor Wednesday! Amy :)

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  9. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, so that I came over here to yours! So beautiful! I'm gonna try that Solomon's Seal when I get to my new home. It has a lot of shade. And I see the blue glass on your side bar-- I have a piece of that! It was my grandmother's.

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  10. Hi Becky, your pictures are beautiful....just delightful!!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

    Barb

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  11. {creeping phox?}

    love all your plants....i have most of those as well and the solomon's seal is one of my favorite subtle little plants...
    i loved the stroll through your garden and hope to see it more through the summer....
    chasity

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  12. You have a lovely garden. Thanks for sharing.

    amy@maisonbelle

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  13. Great choice for today's OW! Awesome pictures!

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  14. I am so jealous of all your flowers! They are so beautiful! Hope to move, someday, to a place where I can grow just some of those:-)
    happy Earth Day

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  15. Sorry I am late getting around to visit... I hope you had a Happy Outdoor Wednesday....and that you will participate again soon! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

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