Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dwarf Snapdragon

Dwarf Snapdragon
Antirrhinum majus 'Montego Yellow'(an-TEE-ry-num) (MAY-jus)

One plant that I would like plant next year are Snapdragons. These flowers were growing in a commercial planting that somebody thankfully left a tag in. For many years we stopped growing them because of various cultural problems and the fact that you just don’t see them very often especially at the wholesale places. Sometimes when a flower falls out of favor you need to retry it later since the breeding on the annuals eliminates the past problems. One of the nicest things about Snapdragons is they are quite cold tolerant and can extend the season in the spring and fall.

These yellow Snaps would be nice combined with some purple pansies, or even some red ones. All I can do right now is dream about the combinations since it so cold out. What a winter! Here in Connecticut the winters are not too bad but every once in awhile we seem to tap into the polar stuff like today when it was below zero (F) at the house this morning. We are so lucky to have a blanket of snow to insulate the plants. That should help mitigate the damage from the cold temperatures. This is the kind of winter that will teach you to stay in your hardiness zone.

The new computer arrived yesterday so that is taking some time to set up and I have to take the dogs to the vet for a final checkup before the trip.

1 comment:

Judy said...

Those are lovely snapdragons! My grandfather loved them, but he never had any this mellow yellow shade. Always the stronger coloured ones. I am glad they are coming back into fashion, if they have been out for a while. I have not thought of them in a long time.