blooming and ready to eat
These lovely Japanese white iris are front and center this week. I like their upright regal posture and elegant delicate blooms.
Now that the white Festiva Maxima peonies have faded, the pink peonies get their turn in the spotlight. Although they have no fragrance, they are beautiful. Like the Festiva Maxima, they are from divisions taken from the garden at our old house. I don’t know this variety’s name.
Their frilly blooms seem to float above the foliage.
This purply-blue salvia is a great dependable perennial. The leaves have a minty aromatic scent, it’s drought tolerant, and butterflies and hummingbirds are fond of it–need I say more? After the first flush of blooms fades, I will cut them back and be rewarded by a second blooming later in the summer.
I am psyched to see that the white milkweed will be blooming this year!
Although I am not keen about their lipstick-red color, these knockout roses always make a grand showing.
The purple flowers are a perennial wild geranium. Their common name is bloody cranesbill (because of the flower’s color and because the seed heads resemble little cranes). In researching this particular variety, I learned that it is called New Hampshire Purple, which makes perfect sense: I was given this plant as a division by my friend, Ken, who is from New Hampshire. I need to find out if he brought the original plant from home. Again, butterflies love it, and if it is cut back, it will rebloom–bonus!
I picked a load of radishes this morning. My husband brought them to work to share.
I also harvested the first round of mesclun and lettuce–yum.