purple leafed loosestrife

23 Jun

gooseneck 004I wanted to get a shot of this plant in bloom.  The individual flowers aren’t much but in mass are very cheery.  They’ve been pretty well beaten down by yesterday’s heavy rains and it’s rainy and overcast again today, but hopefully this will give you the idea.  (The little wooden bear with the big attitude was acquired on a trip out West.  The purple flowers in the foreground are spiderwort, which have been blooming for some time.)    The leaves of the  loosestrife have lost most of their purple color (see photo below taken earlier this year) and after the flowers have finished blooming will be cut back to encourage new, purple leaves to form.  Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t, depending on how hot/mild the weather is.garden tour 017


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