09.13.2021 Like shooting fish in a barrel

Here’s an open bloom of our Fringed Gentians in the yard.

Fringed Gentian- Gentianopsis crinita

I purchased two of these from Nasami Farm two years ago and, as my yard soil is heavy with clay and they prefer well drained soil, planted them in a half barrel planter. There is also one Closed Gentian in there and they are all getting along famously.  I think I should make a raised bed so they can be in the ground for a more natural setting. As you can see, there are more buds waiting their turn.

Those of you who are seeing this as a result of an email notification probably noticed that I typed in the wrong name. I proof read it and just didn’t see it. Old age comes creeping in. 🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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20 Responses to 09.13.2021 Like shooting fish in a barrel

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Spectacular!!! 🙂

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  2. Do the fringes provide any known benefit to these flowers?


    • It is thought that the fringe offers some amount of protection from/discouragement to ants that come for the nectar but don’t provide any pollination benefit. I’ve only seen bees visiting them so maybe that works.


  3. shoreacres says:

    The fringe is delightful, but I’m rather taken with the stripes, as well. It’s a luscious color.

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  4. Peter Klopp says:

    A lovely photo to start off the new week, Steve! Raised garden beds are an excellent idea to give the flowers a more natural setting.

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    • They certainly are easier to supply the proper medium. Our part of the world is on top of lots and lots of clay. Much of the Connecticut River Valley was under the Laurentide Glacier. As it recedeed it left Glacial Lake Hitchcock and as that drained it left behind a very deep layer of clay. Thanks, Peter.

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  5. That is very special, Steve. Very beautifully done.

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  6. Tina says:

    What a beautiful little flower and photo to match. Ooof, I really love that color!

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    So beautiful! We visited Nasami this weekend – 15% off or 25% for members. Didn’t see any gentian, but ended up with a cardinal flower and pussy willow shrub, something I’ve wanted for years.

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    • Late in the year their stock has dwindled as I am sure you might have figured. Sometimes if you don’t see something it might be in the greenhouse still. Last time I asked and someone brought a couple up for me. I am tempted by the sale but right now have a lot of other projects to take on so may wait for planting until next spring. Glad you found yourself a pussy willow.


  8. That’s a great blue!

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  9. Carol says:

    Gorgeous. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this plant, just standard gentian which are also beautiful.

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