Veronica longifolio ‘Candied Candles’ Speedwell, pink, acquired from Epic Plants Veronica longifolio ‘Candied Candles’ Speedwell, pink, acquired from Epic Plants

Speedwell ‘Candied Candles’ Veronica longifolio pink, acquired from Epic Plants
Height: 20″/50cm
Width: 14″/35cm
Spread: 7-9
Blossoms: Spires, rose pink,
Foliage: Tidy, thick clump, attractive dark green leaves
Bees: This plant is so full of bees that it is a challenge to find branches easy to cut without disturbing the bees’ work
Cut flowers: excellent tall, handsome flowers that goes well with so many other flowers blooming at this time
Companions:  butterfly plant; Joe Pye Weed; Pink roses; Bee balm (unfortunately for the plant, I have been cutting too much because I love the leaves for my tisane);
Notes for 2015: It needs anther perennial at the base of the plant that grows high enough to hide ‘Candied Candles’ lower leaves that turn brown.
Garden Bed: Poppies and Roses, a perennial border along the inner corner fences at the northeast of the lot. This well-drained area with fertile soil gets lots of late morning and early afternoon light from the south and late afternoon sun from the west.

Gardening notes for 7 August 2014. 

We made our first trip to Bow Point Nursery to the west of Calgary. Their healthy perennials, grasses, native plants, shrubs and trees are inspirational. I purchased 4 6″ plugs of Silver Willow at $5 each, the plant that is recommended by the Calgary Horticultural Society to replace some (not all) of my Wolf Willow and Prairie Sage, both of which have the same silvery colour but tend to spread via strong roots. They have really beautiful and healthy larger specimens at $70 for the gallon sized. Mine will take years to be that big. I also purchased 1 6″ plug of Heart-leaved Arnica. Arden from Wild about Flowers. I first noticed this wild flower at Waterton National Park on the Bear’s Hump walking trail during their wild flower festival. When planting native plants I am patient and plan for future years. Often in the first year the plants sleep. Then in the second or third year they bolt and some, like wild strawberries, may even need to be divided. While we were at Bow Point Nursery Carmen helped me identify a plant I have in my garden without a label. It is the elder berry. The branches of the tall, lush and healthy specimens at their nursery were laden with ripe berries. I had just transplanted mine to find it a better home because many of the leaves appeared to be shriveled. She also identified the goose berry. I think I have a small specimen in my garden too.

Bees and butterflies are loving my garden right now. The lavender and mother-of-thyme are alive with them.