Not Solely Violets Are Blue: Half 2


Hey GPODers! In case you missed yesterday’s put up, we’re swimming in a sea of blue, due to the various early bloomers from Kathy Schreurs’s implausible backyard in Iowa.

It’s been a particularly 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, typically wet climate glided by uninterrupted by March blizzards or Might heatwaves. There’s been time to decelerate and benefit from the shade of spring. I’ve seen that whereas roses are pink and violets are blue, a number of different early arrivals are blue(ish) too.

close up of forget-me-not flowersI planted a couple of forget-me-nots (Myosotis scorpioides, Zones 3–8) the spring my father handed away, they usually unfold cheer each Might.

close up of amsonia before bloomThe place has amsonia been all my gardening life? I solely “found” it when the proprietor of my favourite nursery inspired me to strive it a couple of years in the past. We now have 10 of them. I believe that is ‘Storm Cloud’ (Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Storm Cloud’, Zones 4–9). As soon as they emerge, they develop quickly. The above picture was on Might 7, and the beneath on Might 19.

Straightforward to grasp why Kathy acquired hooked on amsonia. Whereas this profusion of blooms in spring is present stopping, the foliage of this perennial completely glows within the solar and its mounding behavior provides it the identical structural energy as low-growing shrubs. If Kathy is correct concerning the selection, she actually snagged a winner. ‘Storm Cloud’ is the Confirmed Winners® 2024 Nationwide Panorama Perennial of the 12 months.

blue-green hosta next to purple flowersThe blues of spring have to be virtually over, since my iris is blooming (beneath), however I can rely on the hostas to convey one other season of (fairly completely different) blues.

close up of purple iris flowerWhereas spring is ending, there are nonetheless loads of locations to identify shades of blue within the backyard. At a fast look, anybody would possible name this iris “purple’, however it’s by no means that straightforward with crops. A detailed up of the petals relieves completely different shades of violet, and even some hints of deep blue.

blue-green hosta with rippled leavesAnd, as Kathy talked about above, the various blue-green shades of hostas. This selection with large, rippled leaves pops towards the silvery ferns behind.

vase full of blue flowers vase full of purple flowers

When you could have this excellent number of blooms, bringing some backyard shade indoors is a should! Can you notice among the crops we’ve seen from Kathy’s backyard in these lovely bouquets?

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