More Friends, Old and New
I buy most of my plants, bulbs and seeds from catalogs. The variety offered is much better than what I can get locally. There is one big drawback, though. Pictures can be very deceptive. Or non-existent. Sometimes all that is offered is an enticing description. In my quest to constantly try new plants, I occasionally have big disappointments. Last year it was the yellow muscsari. This year it is another muscari variety described as “An old variety introduced in 1596 easily recognized by its loose spikes of brownishpurple fertile bells crowned with an explosion of bright violet tassel-like sterile flowers “. This is what I got:
Here’s the perfect example of why good records are a must:
Iris chrysographes, a black iris. Right shape, wrong color. This is the second year in a row that I’ve asked myself “What is that?”. I don’t know where I ordered it, so I can’t get a replacement or credit. Thankfully, it is an attractive iris that goes well with the Japanese iris in the Purple Garden.
Here’s the other Japanese iris in that bed, making its debut today:
Completing the circuit around the (round) Purple Garden, here’s my Common Sage, one of three types of salvias I am growing this year.
The first of my five Blaze roses is blooming.
perennial and straw (Digitalis lutea).