Here, Joseph shares some of what has been blooming in my northern Indiana garden since the first half of May.
I’m not sure what kind of wallflower this is (Erisimum sp.)—it came from a mixed seed packet—but whatever it is, it’s been covered in flowers for a month, and all kinds of bees and other pollinators love it.
The first of my annual poppies (Papaver sp.) is blooming! It was self-sown last year from a planting of the ‘Orange Chiffon’ variety, but I think the bees made a hybrid, as it looks a little different from the mother. Whatever it is, I love it!
It was a happy success. I’ve heard that winter zonal geraniums (Pelargonium hybrids, zones 9-11 or as annuals), so I gave it a try. Before the first frost last fall, I pulled them out of the ground and containers, shook off the soil, and just put them in a box in the basement. They sat there all winter, and a few weeks ago I prepared them. Now they are alive, growing, and blooming! I’m happy to get another year without having to buy more.
Siberian wallflower (Charinthus allioniiZones 3–8) is a biennial. I didn’t even see it grow after I planted the seeds last year, but now it’s blooming. I love the bright color, but the scent is even more amazing.
Speaking of fragrance, one of my favorite shrubs is blooming. Abelia mosanensis (Zones 4-8). It is very beautiful, and the flowers smell like jasmine. Since my garden is too cold for real jasmine, I am happy to grow it. I usually see lots of butterflies on it too, but for some reason none yet this year.
A beautiful little aureola primrose (Primula × puberty, zones 5–9). I grew it from seed last year, and it’s great! It is doing quite well in bright, dry shade under my large sugar maple in the front yard.
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