Thursday, August 02, 2007
Yellow Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans 'Flava')
Yellow Trumpet Vine
Campsis radicans 'Flava'
Synonyms: Yellow Trumpet Creeper
It is nice to post a flower that I grew. I am happy with my Yellow Trumpet Vine and I like it more than the species and red type I am also growing. It took a while for it to start blooming but now every year it is loaded with blooms. I planted it in the stone dust base of the gazebo terrace and trained up on to the roof, which it has completely covered. I often see Hummingbirds at the flowers as well as butterflies, bees and some ants. It really only requires an occasional clipping when it comes down to far over the edge of the roof. It has never had powdery mildew or any pest problems. It is sometimes referred to cow-itch vine because it can cause skin irritation in some people. I have never been bothered by it but you may want to wear gloves when pruning it. It is not recommend for planting near buildings and may become invasive under good growing conditions.
Here is a picture of the full flower cluster.
Yay, tonight I going to see Foreigner at our local concert venue, the Ives Concert Park. I have front row tickets and hope to bring in my camera.