I will shamefully admit, I have no idea what this plant is! I took this photo at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in February in Seattle. But I didn’t write down a name. Falaroy distracted me. So I’ll keep searching and please keep guessing!
***Update*** The ‘Real Botanist’ award goes to Cathy at Words and Herbs for identifying this as Australia’s native fuchsia, or Correa. When I saw that name it rang a bell….I probably read the sign at the garden show. And the flower is spot on for the pictures Cathy found. Thank you Cathy! Now see if you can solve my Plant Pursuit Game, it’s one of the pages at the top of my blog!
Falaroy the elf entered the Northwest Flower and Garden Show with trepidation. He was drawn towards the gardens, but wary of the theme…music. How would this be represented? His elven ears were sensitive to human strumming and drumming and pounding that was always present in their world. When you can hear the flute-like melody of the flowers, the rhythmic concert of the grasses and the symphony in the trees, it was hard to appreciate anything else. So with hesitation Falaroy looked through the displays. Where was the music? There were a few water drops cleverly falling on drums. A piano in the distance produced a fairly tolerable Canon in D. A harp began to play and the plants approved. He could see them opening their stomata, allowing for the exchange of gases, water vapor and sound waves. That’s when Falaroy noticed a change of style. The sweeping curve, the raw element of stone and the emotion of music, unheard. It was the Grunge Garden, designed by Adam Gorski Landscapes, Inc. He wondered at the words: “grunge changed the style of music for the whole country….weeping plants show the melancholy and wild spirit….bright colors in plantings portray boldness” He felt the sounds and the chords and the harmony in the movement of the weeping fir Picea abies ‘Pendula’ and the weeping larch Larix decidua ‘Pendula’. Larch and fir, he had found a comfortable place. It was both quiet and loud at the same time. Moving and still. They must have borrowed a bit of magic from the elves.
During the continuous and chill days of January, what better activity than a trip to the library? The King County Library System here in the Seattle area is fantastic. They have an extensive collection of gardening books available from all over the county. I love going there every few weeks to browse the shelves and find a precious publication to take home. Look what our friend Falaroy found…The Western Garden book, Shrubs and Vines, even Perennials! I could spend the day here, reading and contemplating all things green. Besides, Falaroy might need help turning the pages.
Searching for his Holiday dinner, Falaroy the elf has become lost in the Christmas tree forest. The fragrance is delicious and distracting, the conifers are fat and block his path. Abies procera! How can he get out? Any ideas???
Falaroy the elf discovered a small patch of vegetables still growing in December, after the seeds were planted in May. Allium all around! He knew this must be a powerful plant to survive through freezing temperatures, multitudinous slugs and an onslaught of weeds and fallen leaves. He’s going to cut a few leaves to store in his belt pouch. They might be handy to season the kohlrabi stew or drive away the snalabies, which are always slithering around looking for an elven meal.
Embarking on botanical adventures. Mascot to rainyleaf blog. Magical and mysterious is Falaroy the elf. From Schleich action figures, here is his story: “Falaroy is a proud young elf. Falaroy rides like the wind. Despite his youth, hardly anyone can match him in horsemanship and elegance. Except maybe Feya who likes to challenge this noble elf to riding competitions. Secretly though, she admires him for his courage and determination. Soon, however, Falaroy must embark on a long journey by himself and survive many perils.”
And so begins the tour through thorny shrubs, towering trees and soft fields of moss. Falaroy will help discover plants from an elf perspective. Small, yet fleet of foot. Courageous, not scared of the dark horsetail wilderness, he will see things from a new point of view and we just might learn something from him. Here he is picking his way through the quince bramble. Chaenomeles! He almost got run through with those nasty spikes. They would by handy for a dagger, or maybe a toothpick if he were bigger. This is definitely a useful plant for creating a tangled barrier and holding back the dark forces (dogs, deer, neighbors, black elves). And for energy whilst on this botanical journey, the apple-like quince fruit will keep him going until his next discovery.