Stumble Upon Beauty

May 19, 2013

When you wander around the garden, after the work is all done, you can see beautiful things that you miss when you are in a hurry.  The flowers are starting to bloom, one at a time, and each one is a little different.

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Lily of the valley.  This aggressive ground cover made its way to our yard from the neighbors, but I love these dainty flowers and the delicate fragrance.

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These little blue bulbs, scilla I think, are hard to see from the kitchen, but slowly open in May each year.

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Baptisia Australis – Blue Wild Indigo just starting to open.

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In this picture the indigo is on the right, before it began blooming.  On the left is the Fothergilla bush with its white blooms.  The purple lysimachia ‘firecracker’ make a great contrast to the panicum virgatum ‘rotstrahlbusch’ switch grass.  The tall bush in the middle is a spice bush and the viburnum on the right is ‘raspberry tart.’  I planted another Fothergilla bush this spring but it is not looking great.  I will need to prune off quite a few dead branches and then hope it recovers.

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Prairie Verbena

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Geranium sanguineum.  This geranium is near the prairie verbena.

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Purple columbine.  I have a lot of pink columbine near the geranium and verbena, but only this purple one was open.  It looks blue due to the lighting or my camera…

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The ajuga are a shade loving ground cover that are in bloom now.

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4 Responses to “Stumble Upon Beauty”

  1. You really do have a beautiful garden.

  2. I love the lilies of the valley. I have liked them since I was a child and the name is so charming. We have some that we brought from our other house – they were there when we moved there, we did not put them in. They are not truly white but have a little pink tinge to them, that I had not ever seen before.

    You are right, they are aggressive, but in my garden that is a good thing as there is a lot of ground to cover. And I always find a smile on my face when I look at them.

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