Friday, December 19, 2014

Work with the socks you've got

And how lucky you are if you've got this little beauty - Rabdosia longituba 'Tube Socks." This is a simple, elegant arrangement done by Joe Henderson of Chanticleer. Joe is a horticulturist/section gardener there, and he obviously plucked these stems from what was blooming down by the pond, maybe, or on the hillside nearby. They're very thin, nicely setting off the leaves and clusters of flowers.

Work with the socks you've got

And how lucky you are if you've got this little beauty - Rabdosia longituba 'Tube Socks." This is a simple, elegant arrangement done by Joe Henderson of Chanticleer. Joe is a horticulturist/section gardener there, and he obviously plucked these stems from what was blooming down by the pond, maybe, or on the hillside nearby. They're very thin, nicely setting off the leaves and clusters of  flowers.

I'd never heard of this, so looked it up. Plant Delights Nursery sells it. Common name trumpet spurflower. It gets 3 feet tall, 2 feet wide, and typically blooms - right on schedule - in mid-October here. I saw this arrangement last Friday at the Perennial Plant Conference at Swarthmore College, and it made quite an impression. It's so clean. Makes those "bouquets" and "arrangements" you see all over offices - packed with a zillion colors and kinds of flowers - seem ridiculously overdressed.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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