Not Solely Violets Are Blue: Half 1

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Wednesdays can convey on the midweek blues, however Kathy Schreurs helps us see “blue” in a complete new mild.

I’m Kathy Schreurs from northwest Iowa, the place our hardiness zone has all the time been 4b. The USDA now describes us as being in Zone 5. I’ll imagine it when my hydrangeas—which die again each winter—truly survive to bloom on previous wooden!

My husband and I reside in an previous home on property that was disputed in a Supreme Courtroom case in 1895 (be taught extra about that fascinating case right here). An Irish immigrant received in opposition to a railroad firm, and the remainder is Sheldon, Iowa, historical past.

It’s been an especially lengthy spring by our northwest Iowa requirements: I noticed my first crocus mid-March, and different harbingers of spring (Virginia bluebells, lungworts, brunneras, and forget-me-nots) had been simply blooming their final on Memorial Day. The lengthy spell of cool, usually wet climate glided by uninterrupted by March blizzards or Could heatwaves. There’s been time to decelerate and benefit from the shade of spring. I’ve observed that whereas roses are pink and violets are blue, a number of different early arrivals are blue(ish) too.

purple and white crocuses growing in a lawnI’ve been including crocuses and different ephemerals to a portion of our garden for a number of seasons now, and I used to be delighted when my granddaughter took up the follow final fall. One in every of us found that there’s a Dutch phrase to explain this—stinzenplanten—which appears apt because it displays our heritage.

Crocus tommasinianus

Yet one more valuable little crocus in Kathy’s garden—I imagine a kind of early crocus (Crocus tommasinianus, Zones 3–9).

close up of Virginia bluebellsMy first Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica, Zones 3–9) had been shared by my sister/neighbor about 15 years in the past, they usually’ve made their manner round to different shady places on our property. My sister moved a number of years in the past, and we agreed lately that I ought to return the favor since she has none at her new house.

yellow tulips next to Virginia bluebellsA timeless shade mixture—Kathy planted yellow bulbs subsequent to her Virginia bluebells, making a pop of sunshine in opposition to the ocean of blue flowers.

blue ajuga growing around tulips and hostasI’ve inspired ‘Chocolate Chip’ ajuga (Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’, Zones 4–9) to wrap itself round a hosta mattress on the entrance of the home. I like the river of blue it brings to the spot within the spring. This would be the first season with out a big linden tree providing shade overhead, and I’m involved that the hostas will burn. My favourite tulip is ‘Spring Inexperienced’.

close up of blue and pink LungwortOne other blue magnificence in Kathy’s backyard is lungwort. This selection’s flowers are strikingly much like Virginia bluebells, however the distinctive foliage offers it away as a Pulmonaria.

close up of pasqueflowerI’m hoping that the native pasqueflower (Pulsatilla patens, Zones 3–9) I planted final summer time will take off, nevertheless it had a tough spring. A day or two after it emerged and beginning blooming, the neighborhood opossum—since relocated—chomped it off.

close up of a bicolor columbineAdditionally new final 12 months was a bicolor columbine. This spring it was fully blue. 🤷‍♀️

Jack of Diamonds brunneraMy ‘Jack of Diamonds’ brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack of Diamonds’, Zones 3–9) caught extra solar than it appreciated final summer time, so I used to be joyful to see it thriving this spring. It lives within the shade of an previous lilac.

Kathy had so many blue vegetation to indicate off, we’ll be again singing the blues together with her tomorrow!


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