I love purple!
But, my research into those Facebook quizzes to determine who or what I am, or was, or will be, is a subject for a future blog post.
Anyone who visits us this time of year will find a profusion of purple in our yard and garden. We have many varieties and shades of purple flowers as well as purple asparagus and a couple of salad greens that are partially or totally purple. Later in the summer, we will have eggplant.
The earliest purple flowers are usually the little violets that grow throughout the yard. I gather bouquets and display in a miniature vase in my kitchen window sill. Unfortunately, the idea for this blog post didn’t occur to me until the violets were finished blooming so I really had to hunt to find one to photograph.
The next blooms are vining vinca, a ground cover plant, then dame’s rocket, meadow sage and sweet william. Again, I almost missed the blooming season for sweet william. Earlier, our timber was full of it.
No creeping phlox, you ask? How can this be? We’ve never had a good visible, sloping area for these, but now we do. Bill bought some this year and we will add more next year.
Considered an invasive perennial by some people, our spiderwort bloomed this week. As long as it’s purple, it can invade! Larkspur also spreads readily. Ours has buds, but no blooms yet. This picture is from last year.
Our early bulb flowers with purple blooms are hyacinths, tulips and allium. The purple tulips were history before I got pictures. To me, allium looks like dandelions gone to seed with purple fluff!
Six years ago when we moved to our current farm, I was sad to leave our gigantic snowball bush (hydrangea family) and a lilac bush that was finally about six feet tall and producing wonderfully fragrant blooms. We have a small lilac bush here, but it struggles and only produced a few blooms this year.
A couple of years ago, a friend who came out to see our iris pointed to a huge bush and asked, “Isn't that wisteria?” The bush itself wasn't wisteria, but there were cascading clumps of lavender/white flowers hanging from vines within the bush. We researched and found out they were, indeed, wisteria. I promptly named an opening in the row of bushes “Wisteria Lane,” after the street on the Sunday night television soap, “Desperate Housewives.” Does this, then, make me a “Desperate Farmwife”? Desperate for more wisteria, yes!
Last weekend, we visited friends in Meriden who host a showing of their extensive iris beds every spring. They also have other perennials. We brought home and Bill planted purple chives and columbine. The chives still have their heads; but Bill clipped off the columbine blooms, hoping the plants would survive the heat last week.