|Trachelium (Campanula) rumelianum|
Everyone has a plant that loves them--perhaps even a bit too much! Almost 20 years ago we planted a few seedlings of this campanulad on the back slope of the Alpine (now Succulent) House at Denver Botanic Gardens. Over the next few years, it made itself at home...maybe too much so!
|Trachelium (Campanula) rumelianum run amok!|
The slope is a showcase for bulbs in the spring: especially Corydalis in many species. There was a time when it was the
|Here is the same spot a few months earlier!|
|Lewisia cotyledon run amok!|
Believe it or not, this is the very same garden a few weeks (and years!) before the Trachelium took over: the evolution of gardens is more than a little interesting for some of us! I am continuously amazed how a plant can thrive and even spread fantastically for a while, and eventually be supplanted. And then you might even have a devil of a time re-establishing it where it was almost a weed! It's happened to me in my long gardening life many times! Therein almost lies a book.
|Closeup with honeybee|
|A pale form growing in my home garden|
|Trachelium (Campanula) rumelianum on Mt. Olympus|