C. acuale growing in a woodland environment. This is a great shot to demonstrate the habitiast it likes, I think. Maple tree seedlings and Lycopodium abound, belying a poorly lit, moist acidic environment.

I was fortunate to be invited to a neighbors property to observe their Ladyslippers (Cypredium acaule). These are also called Moccasin Flowers, by native Americans, so that may be more appropriate. 

C. acaule is quite rare, and typically one sees one or two in a given location, and no more. At this particular location, we counted hundreds spread out over 10 acres of woods. 

Many of the places that we saw the Moccasin Flower, they were hiding in plain sight. They just seemed to pop up out of the ferns.

Interestingly, C acaule, has a symbiotic relationship with a fungus in the soil, In order to survive and reproduce, "pink lady's slipper interacts with a fungus in the soil from the Rhizoctonia genus. Generally, orchid seeds do not have food supplies inside them like most other kinds of seeds. Pink lady’s slipper seeds require threads of the fungus to break open the seed and attach them to it. The fungus will pass on food and nutrients to the pink lady's slipper seed. When the lady’s slipper plant is older and producing most of its own nutrients, the fungus will extract nutrients from the orchid roots." (from USDA information).

C. acaule, also is quite widespread through out the northern parts of the East and almost all across Canada.

It was great too, to see young Moccasin Flowers growing near their parents

From what I gathered too, talking to the owners of the property where the Moccasin Flowers were growing, they are very unpredictable in appearance. One year a spot had dozens and dozens of blooming plants and this year only two plants were present.

The flowers of C. acaule is quite unusual looking! 

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the Monarch Butterfly has always been a summertime visitor here at Olallie Daylily Gardens.

Peak Season is always an amazing time. each year the daylilies do something different as the color mixes change depending on what's out when. All the rain has just made everything bloom with extra vigor it seems.

A Heartnut (Juglans species) frames bed 2 and bed 10 and the vista out towards the barn.

 

Purple leaf Kale and miscanthus grass make wonderful accents to the daylilies.

 

Lemon Mint (yellow) and Prairie Porcelain, make an amazing show together!

 

Outrageous Lavender: A mix of colors with loads of buds.

 

Purple basil and Spicy Globe Basil add interesting textures to the edges of the daylily beds.

 

I never thought I'd like Zinnias, but I'm a convert now. They are easy to grow and last for a really long time as a cut flower.

Annual Poppies are fun to grow too. Papaver somniferum comes in a variety of colors and can seed in even here in Vermont.

 

Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower) and Ornamental Japanese Corn make great contrast plants.

 

Well these are just Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli and Cabbage, but there is something eye catching about the the mass of blue green foliage.

 

It's amazing to see such a mass of blooms this late in the season! Rouge Blush, RR Red, Rajastan Sands and Fall Pink Melon are all blooming strongly with days of not weeks to go!

 

Fall Pink Melon: Still blooming away on September 20, 2018

 

 

Christmas Red: This daylily is a bud builder. It just keeps making more buds, this year it looks like we'll get blooms almost until October!

Rajastan Sands: Amazing bright orange blooms with heavy substance. Great branching too.

 Tithonia towering over our Border Collie "Jack"

 

 

 

Peak Season is here!

The field looks amazing and there are dozens of new cultivars coming out every day!

 

CSD Pink bed 28: We've got lots of this one, as it's a good grower.

 

Olallie Wendy: a great little purple from early July to early August

 

 

Yellow Hornet (spidery), From Darkness Comes Light (dark stem) Super Duper Tall (very tall)

 

CSD miniature bicolor Bed 31: Another newer cultivar. Soon to be added

 

Backstroke: A charming pony with bright yellow blooms and distinctive red buds and sepal backs!