Schoolbus * Fort Worth, TX * September 2012
Hi everyone! I guess we all know by now that school has been back in session for several weeks. This is my favorite schoolbus. I get to stop for it almost every morning on my way to my 'big people's' school, lol! I decided to get my phone out and take this photo one morning while I waited for the children to board the bus...I had a front row seat! And, now, after stopping for this bus for the past few years, the bus driver and I waive to each other! So, if she saw my phone flashing, I guess she didn't mind my taking the photo.
The other day I came across the name 'herbaceous', and, naturally I said, "What the heck does that mean?" Then, of course, I went 'nosing' around, and found out what it means!
Herbaceous plants have little or no wood within their structures. As the season ends for these plants, their leaves and stems die back, and, virtually disappear...seemingly without a trace! In truth, 'herbaceous' plants, during their disappearing act, are 'kinda', just barely above ground, or a little below ground. They can be annuals, perennials, or biennials. And, they're just waiting for the new season when they can pop back up and start over again. I learned that when the new season begins, 'herbaceous' plants come up quickly, and grow fast!
The Stella D'Oro is a perfect example of a 'herbaceous' plant.
photo by suzanne
Stella D'Oro lilies will bloom into the fall, then, die off as tho they were never there. Of course, at this time, you can thin them out and transplant them to other areas.
The Hosta is also 'Herbaceous'
photo by Suzanne
Oh, don't mind 'Frogmalion'...he's just the keeper of the greens! So you see my big Hosta? It is also on the 'herbaceous' list, and, totally disappears in the winter...again, no trace! Then, starts peeking up thru the soil in early spring. I've had this one for 7 or 8 years now. The bulb is like a little cap, with some stringy roots attached. You wouldn't think that small clump could produce a plant this nice!
And, then, there's the 'Coleus'
photo by suzanne
Now, I don't know why the Coleus is on the 'herbaceous' plant list. I've had plenty of Coleus plants over the years, and, true...they don't have woody stems, but, if these sweethearts die back, that's it folks! I usually take clippings from the tops that have a few leaves on them, and put them into other pots...off they go, growing into new, lovely plants. Sometimes in the late fall, I take small clippings, plant in small 4" pots, and take them into the shed for the winter. I just lightly water them throughout the cold months. Granted, they're not just 'beautious' during the winter, but still alive. In the spring, when all seems safe, I take the baby Coleus out of the shed, and, either plant in larger pots, or into the ground. I have not ever experienced a Coleus plant returning from the ground in the spring.
Liriope, aka 'Monkey Grass'
photo by suzanne
How about those Zinnias? This large bouquet of Zinnias were a result of 'flying seed'. Believe it or not, Karo had spread some dried seed from other spent 'Broadleaf Zinnias', and, the following spring this 'momba jamba' cluster appeared 'outside the box', in front of the liriope border!
Which brings me to my last example of a 'herbaceous' plant. The 'Liriope', otherwise known as 'Monkey Grass' is on the Herbaceous plant list. It does meet most of the requirements to be included, as, in some cases, it does die back. But, for the most part, 'Liriope' is evergreen. You can cut it back, or mow it back to nothingness...and, then it will return, full of life and vigor! This variegated grass that I have, is very invasive-YAH! I can't divide it fast enough! But it is very pretty, and, I gladly share with anyone who desires it.
Other plants on the 'Herbaceous' list include, Geraniums, Canna, Salvia, and Banana Trees. This was a very fun, new term for me...I'll try not to wear it out! Haha!☺
AND, speaking of projects...I implore you, my gracious readers, to please send me photos of your favorite windowsill for my windowsill share event. I have received photos from several of you...Thank you so much-and, they're great! I would like to receive your photo(s) by the end of this coming week, so, I can begin my post.
I am thanking you in advance for participating in this sharing event!
I'm so grateful you stopped by to see what I've been up to... Maybe we'll have a POP QUIZ on this post one day, haha! Just kidding! But, all kidding aside, I appreciate you...you're fabulous! Thank you for humoring me- I treasure your comments and input! Have a safe weekend...come by anytime!♥
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