There was ample rainfall and the temperatures were more moderate than last year resulting in flowers blooming on a more normal schedule.
Above: Long view of the Knot Garden. I bet you didn’t even notice that the yellowing tulip foliage has not been cut with that Festuca glauca shouting for attention, did you?
Success was had with the sweet peas, a first! These are very fragrant, Lathyrus odoratus ‘April in Paris’. The secret, for our USDA Zone 7a Southeast Tennessee anyway, was to plant the seeds after soaking on September 7, 2012. This fall I hope to take photos of the process and do a how to post about it, if these results can be duplicated.
It’s lavender time again. I simply adore lavender and have been known to make wands from the stems. The directions can be found by clicking here.
A stray seed of money plant, Lunaria annua must have blown over to the Azalea Walk from under the arbor where a colony of it grows. The purple flowers were lovely, but these seedpods are stupendous, especially with the red Astilbe x arendsii ‘Fanal’.
For the last couple of years I have been sowing foxglove, Digitalis ssp. seeds and buying seedlings from Mouse Creek Nursery to fill the Heather Bed with these beloved fairy friendly plants. This is the most blooming we have ever had.
A good match is the evening primrose, Oenothera fruticosa and Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’. The primrose can be a bit thuggish, but it does a good job of hiding the fading hyacinth and daffodil foliage in the Yellow/White Bed. Scented thymes in yellow and white variegation make fine edgings and can hold their own in the fight for space.
Speaking of lilies, there have been new cultivars added each year and those have also made babies. It looks to be a very good June, from the number of buds seen here, there and everywhere. I can’t wait!