Garden Keeping Calm for the Moment
This is not one of those times when the garden is a riot of color. It is bursting with lushness and growth, true, but tranquil greens predominate. There are some blooms, but mainly in cool whites and lavenders.
Here’s a view of the front garden from the street. Masses of self-sown Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) bloom in the Parkway Bed and along the front of the Sidewalk Border.
Here’s a close-up. Most Wild Geranium are lavender, but years ago I bought a white flowered form from Prairie Moon, and ever since then the white and lavender have been romping around the garden together.
A robust clump of Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana) is blooming at one end of the Sidewalk Border. Normally I need to give the Bluestar some support, but this is one of those years when certain plants try to make up for a late start by blooming while shorter than usual.
Bluestar flowers are a cool steel blue, appropriate for the cool spring weather. We also have a cultivar in the back called ‘Blue Ice’. It’s blooming now, but it seems to be in decline rather than spreading as I had expected.
Here’s a view of the sidewalk from the other end. You can see the Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea) are still blooming.
At the front of the East Side Border there are two Fringe Trees (Chionanthus virginicus). In this picture the sunlight is filtering through the flowers. You can see why another common name for this small tree is Old Man’s Beard.
Here’s another picture. Each Fringe Tree has only male or female flowers. It’s hard to know if you’ve got a female tree for sure until it starts bearing small purple fruits. Mine never have, but I’m hoping we may see fruit in the next couple of years. Otherwise, I’ll just have to accept that we have 2 males. The male flowers are showier, at least.
More Golden Alexander in the Left Bank Bed, with ‘Purple Sensation’ Alliums in the bacground. The flowers of Alliums and some other plants have been very durable this year, thanks again to the cool weather.
And speaking of Alliums – we now have our first Star of Persia blooms (A. christophii). They are scattered around the Left Bank Bed so they don’t really have mass impact, not yet at least. This is a very elegant Allium, I like how the individual flowers within the flowerheads are unusually large and distinct for the genus. Judy says the flower clusters look like fireworks going off. The silvery lavender color is appealing also.
Here’s a look up the Driveway Border, edged with blue ‘Kit Cat’ Catmint (Nepeta x fassenii).
Cranberrybush Viburnum (Viburnum trilobum) is another flowering shrub for this season.
Here’s a close look at the flower, which is possibly the most attractive Viburnum flower in the genus.
We are not huge Peony fanciers, but there are a couple of Peonies in the back garden with impressive, if not especially numerous, blooms. (Too much shade, probably). This is ‘Abalone Pearl’.
This deep red one is ‘America’. It’s definitely got the hottest color in the garden right at this moment. Our most impressive Peony is out in the Parkway Bed. It’s not blooming yet, so I’m saving it for a future post.
Is your garden staying calm for the middle of June/