Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lovely Japanese Kerria

Have you ever planted a bush but threw out the name tag? (NO, of course not, I can hear you all shouting!).


Come on! I know you have!

Before I became enlightened through this wonderful community of garden bloggers, I never even thought about saving my tags. I was simply happy to see the flowers bloom and enjoy the color! I'm still happy about all of that-but it's nice to know what it is you're looking at!



For years I had admired a bush I'd planted...actually 4 of them! Adorned with 5-petalled yellow flowers, it blooms non-stop throughout the spring. It stays green all summer long and into the fall. I never cut it back, and it just keeps blooming and sending out new shoots--like forsythia does. But in my opinion, this bush is prettier than forsythia and lasts far longer. I just could not figure out it's name, no matter where I'd look on the internet. I guess I should have asked some one, but believe it or not, it never occurred to me to do that!




As I was reading one of Gail's recent posts at Clay and Limestone, I was noticing her beautiful yellow bush, with flowers and leaves that looked very familiar. I suddenly realized my mystery bush had a name: Kerria--or, Japanese Rose. How lovely a name is that!



You should take it from me and look for this bush. It is beautiful in the garden. It thrives in both shade and sun. I know, because I have 1 planted in full sun, 1 is in 'dappled' sun, and the other 2 are in full shade. They all flower evenly in the spring and for weeks, at that!



Thank you Gail for showing us your Kerria! I am so happy to know her name.

I am thankful for finding friendly and helpful garden bloggers!

37 comments:

  1. Kerria are really nice, and they spread a bit. Nice bright color this time of year.

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  2. I honestly have not thrown out the plant tags. I've just put them in a safe place. Somewhere. I wish I knew where.
    I've never grown Kerria, but I've been admiring it on blogs. Doesn't it have attractive green stems in winter? That would look neat next to a yellow-twigged shrubby Dogwood....

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  3. What's funny about this is post is that I have thought a lot about what I haven't saved, tag-wise, lately. I just like it to grow and was sure I could remember all the names. Now I realize my mistake and will take measures to fix it. Thanks for bringing this up. Now I know I am not the only one.
    -Heather

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  4. Kerria is indeed a nice shrub--and it's even hardy in my zone (gasp! applause!). In fact, it's on my shrub wish list (unfortunately I would need a lot of money to fill that entire list!). I do save plant tags, but like MMD, I don't always find them! ;-)

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  5. I have the double pom pom type kerria right outside my kitchen window it's a truly beautiful sight, it's a cutting from the one at the top of the garden. I love them.
    At last I have got around to visiting your lovely blog again.
    maureen :)

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  6. Isn't this blogging community wonderful? I have found out some many new things and enjoyed some many new plants. This is really a pretty one-I'll have to check out the hardiness zone.

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  7. Oh, I'm the world's worst about throwing out tags, or they just get lost. You have the single blooming form of Kerria. Did you know there is also a double blooming form? It looks like a pom pom. Very cute, but less airy. There is also a variegated single form. Cool huh? I love this shrub because it can grow in shade or sun.~~Dee

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  8. Jan, Just a beautiful- I agree, it's prettier than Forsythia. Staying green into fall is a plus! And a perfect name for it- thanks for sharing :)

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  9. I have never seen that before, but it's quite pretty. I think I'll try it out this year.

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  10. Hi Jan, what a beauty that is. I agree that everyone should look for this to add to their gardens, even the winter stems have a yellow color and graceful shape that adds winter interest. Mine is the double flowered one, a passalong from a garden friend. It is just beginning to open the buds, not as far along as yours or Gail's. The blogs are indeed an endless resource of plant info!
    Frances

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  11. Jan .. we have all done that .. and if anyone denies it .. well, they don't deserve and Easter chocolate .. right ? LOL
    I don't have this one but YES ! it looks so pretty .. I'll be thinking of it for sure : )
    PS .. you took some wonderful pictures of it girl !!

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  12. I've done that, now I try to make a point of writing the names down in my garden journal along with where they are planted. Last year I was able to id several plants thanks to the wonderful world of garden blogging. That's a beauty Jan! How big does it get?

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  13. I see this around all the time and wondered what it was! Thanks for letting me know! I try really hard to save tags--just need to remember where I keep them now! :)

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  14. LOL! I only wish I had not thrown any name tags away.
    I did not know what that bush was either. It has lovely blooms on it. The double bloomed one sounds like it would be a keeper to.
    I will never get my plant list whittled down, it just keeps growing and my room to plant them smaller.

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  15. Hi Jan, What a beautiful shrub! I'm always looking for something great in the shade. So glad you were able to identify it.

    I have almost every tag from the plants I've purchased. They're even clean, and stored in plastic bags by what I've killed and what's still here, packed inside Godiva chocolate Valentines heart boxes in an antique chest in our foyer. I might need to use this year's heart to start a new 'killed' box. :)

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  16. I've not heard of that one. It is pretty!

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  17. I haven't thrown out plant tags, but I have no idea where they go! I know some get splintered by weedwackers, but as for the others, I'm beginning to suspect gnomes.

    I have long admired the single-flowered Kerria, and I don't know why I haven't gotten one yet. They are beautiful shrubs for part shade.

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  18. Hi Jan~~ As a garden writer I've felt it important to keep my tags so people wouldn't think I was an airhead. Well so much for that. :) I have a variegated Kerria japonica. It has a fairly short blooming period in spring but the season-long foliage is the real attraction.

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  19. I don't know the name of a clematis right now. I threw out the tag cause I thought it was dead. But I have misplaced tags in my frenzy to get stuff planted. OR the wind blows them away.

    That rose is so pretty.

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  20. Of course I know the names of every plant I have:) Since blogging, I have been better about keeping all the tags, but now I have to go through this container filled with all of them to find the one I want!

    I've been wanting a forsythia for ages, but I think you may have convinced me to plant a Kerria instead or alongside it. I love its delicate yellow flowers and the fact that it looks good for several seasons. Don't we learn so much from other bloggers?!

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  21. Sooner or later one of our blogger friends always knows the answer;)

    It's a lovely shrub all the more so because it blooms so early when not much else is in flower.
    Marnie

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  22. I have both the double and the single and the double blooms better for me. I think I need to move my single one. I posted some photos of mine last week. Like you, I like kerria much better than forsythia.

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  23. Jan, You are very welcome! It's a delightful shrub and I too love it more then forsythia..(I have this monster forsythia hedge that Mr I loves for the privacy it gives us). It seems that the single is rare and we are lucky to have it!
    Don't you love blogging~~I have learned so much from my blogging buddies! Have a delicious day in the garden!

    Gail

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  24. Jan,
    I love Kerria, I the double blooms for years. My neighbor still has some of it. I love the simplicity of the petals on yours.

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  25. I do save my tags but they eventually seem to disappear... What I have a problem with are the plants that I buy that have the names printed on a label that is stuck on the pot. I don't ever write up a label to stay with the plant.

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  26. That is indeed a beautiful plant, and how nice that it thrives in both sun or shade.

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  27. Sometimes I throw the tags, sometimes I keep them... depinds. But, like Heather, I thought I will always remember the name of a plant/bush/tree. I have a contest on my blog about finding the name of a flower... so, please, everybody, keep the tags! :))

    Good for you that you find out about Kerria!

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  28. In Dutch, apart from 'Kerria', we call this shrub 'ranonkelstruik', which can be translated as 'buttercup-shrub'.
    In my garden I have Kerria Japonica 'Pleniflora' ('Double Kerria'), but the 'plain' Kerria with single flowers is much better to attract insects/wildlife. However, the nurseries here seem to have only 'Pleniflora'.

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  29. When I had my first garden as an adult this was one of the plants I knew I wanted, but did not know the name. A neighbor had it coming through a cast iron fence and I knocked on the door to get its name.

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  30. Oh, I love that shrub. I wonder if it will work in the searing dustbin that is Austin Texas? I'll have to look it up and find out. Great pictures, thanks.

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  31. I just cannot forget these yellow beauties so I came back today to see them again. Thank you for these wonderful pictures!

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  32. Thanks for the reminder. I've been meaning to follow up on Kerria for some years now...

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  33. The bloom reminds me of Portulaca - just that this flower's petals aren't fuse like 'lacas. I love to identify the plants - somehow, knowing who they're makes them ultra special! Great photos, as ever, Jan.

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  34. I didn't really pay attention to the labels until I started blogging. When you want to write about some plants, it's really helpful to know their names - at least the general ones.

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  35. That IS a pretty one, Jan! I agree, prettier than forsythia. Love the growth form.

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  36. HI, Jan! I've been absent for a while, just got back and realized I missed the giveaway! Shoot!

    Like you, I had never heard of kerria and I actually saw it for the first time when I was visiting a beautiful cathedral. There was one of those enormous vases on a wrought iron stand in front of the altar, and the flowers cascading down were ...kerria! I was so taken by their beauty and their wonderful flowing habit that I made a pest of myself asking for the name. It is an easy-to-grow beauty!

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  37. I have the double one in my garden. I don't think it's supposed to be there, as it's sprouting up from under the fence, but it seems to be unkillable. I've given up trying to get rid of it - anything so optimistic and determined deserves to survive, I think! In the UK, the double Kerria is known as Bachelor's Buttons.

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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