Thursday, June 05, 2008

Raingarden in action

Showers over the past few days have put the raingarden through its paces. The verdict? It works. At this early stage, it may not look like much--a little trench of muck holding rather ungraceful lines of irises, marsh marigolds Caltha palustris, mallows, and a scattering of black-eyed Susans Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii "Goldsturm"--but there is greenery, growth, and even a few flowers.

These Siberian irises "Butter and Sugar" are lighting up one end. They were the more plebian but who-cares-because-they're-blooming substitution for the exotic but oh-so-unavailable-from-any-nursery "Aichi no Kagayaki" cross of Iris pseudacorus x Iris ensata that I had planned on planting.

Another eco-system joins the little patches of meadow and woodland in my backyard.

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