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Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Purple Row

If you checked out the April 2012 tour of Garden on Sherlock Street, you probably saw the purple flowers scattered about in the back garden.  They are dame's rocket.  It self seeds easily.  I let it find little places to sprout, and leave it up through the seed stage because the house finches are so fun to watch when they eat the seeds.

Along the patio, I do pull out the dame's rockets beyond a row at the edge.  It's one of the few things in the garden that I grow in a row.  I do this mostly because I need the rest of the bed off the patio to have space for other plants.


The first monarch butterfly I've seen this year was attacking the dame's rocket blooms.




13 comments:

  1. What a lovely purple addition to the garden, and how cool that it spreads about on its own. Nice!

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  2. I don't know that I have ever seen dame's rocket. It's such a pretty color and I love the butterfly photo especially.

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  3. This flower of yours is such a treasure and very pretty. I like the colour. Make a lovely hedge.

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  4. Very pretty! I love Dames' rocket and have a nice little cluster of it up by my deck.

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  5. Nice!! Looks like a reliable and great flower to have around in the garden. Plus it attracts the butterflies....and hummers? I like grouping same type plants together because patches will act as a magnet for butterflies in the garden and then they'll spread around to the other areas:)

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  6. Always loved that stuff. It looks a lot like garden phlox and is such a nice early bloomer.

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  7. How pretty. They look so lovely in your row. I love Dames Rockets and have some starting to bloom in my garden now.

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  8. My wonderful husband and I just returned from a bike ride near our town and one of the creeks we crossed and followed a bit was lined with dame's rocket. It was a very pretty sight to see the sprinkling of purple in the otherwise green undergrowth. Dame's rocket can certainly take care of itself.

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  9. Will it grow in zone 9? I have planted 3 Salvias thought one would be tall enough to see through the roses. I live in zone 8 but the sun is so hot here I buy heat for zone 9

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  10. I really like this flower. Don't know if I've seen it before. I think I will check out getting some for my yard. I like that it will fill in spaces.
    Ann

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  11. You know, I really do like dame's rocket, too. Right after I planted some in my east front bed last year, I read in a book that they are not native to the U.S. and are considered invasive. I think I have some coming up, and had been trying to decide whether to keep it. After reading your post and the comments, I think I'll keep it, but not let it spread very far. How cool that you saw a monarch! I haven't seen one yet, but someone from my town said he did today. I'll be watching for them.

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  12. It seems to be too cold around here for monarchs but I have seen other butterflies. It is too early for us to have them but it was warmer earlier. It is a beautiful flower and great that it reseeds each year.

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  13. I had some of that once. .and not sure how or why it died out. .or maybe I pulled it out mistakenly!! I noticed a big patch by the recycle center today. .I must remember to have you send me a start someday!!

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