All in all, I’d rather have sat down with her and talked cameras. I would at least have had a chance.
We classify plants for a variety of reasons:
- To make it easier to distinguish one plant from another.
- To understand growth patterns.
Karen teaches the Grime’s Triangle plus one.
It’s a kind of personality test for plants based on growth and survival patterns. GT+1 classifies plants according to four survival strategies:
- Stress Tolerators – Grow slow; flower earlier rather than later; tough evergreen leaves or tough small leaves. Think hellebores.
- Stress Avoiders – Grow seasonally; often flower early; long periods of dormancy. Think bulbs.
- Ruderal, or Pioneer – Fast growing; showy flowers and flower over a long period; die young. Think larkspur and biennials.
- Competitors – Grow fast to occupy space; large soft leaves; extend shoots to occupy vacant space. Think asters, salvias, hardy geraniums.
I find this categorization useful because it responds to my needs and my novice ability to express those needs. For instance, I want something that grows fast and has pretty flowers. Hmm. Sounds like a pioneer to me.
But to each his own system.
Horticulture is very humbling.
You got that right. If I get any humbler, I’ll be compost.
- Should have stuck with photography.
The best perennials provide color, beauty, and pollen or nectar for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
- Geophytes – Herbaceous plants with underground storage organs rather than fibrous root systems. Think bulbs, but include corms, tubers, rhizomes and “other structures.”
I’m quite sure it’s either an annual, a perennial or a bulb. I took the photo Tuesday (Nov. 1) at Green Spring so there’s plenty of color still to be seen there, not to mention the trees turning.
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