May 3, 2010
A Purpleicious Spring
I don't have the new veronica named 'Purpleicious' (yet?) but I do have many pretty purple and blue flowers in my yard this spring. The no-name dwarf purple irises from my friend Robyne have multiplied exponentially since last spring and are scattered in the western beds along the flagstone path.
I planted eight little pots of Aubrieta 'Axcent Purple' along the flagstone path. The color is so perky and cheerful this time of year. I keep debating what color would look best alongside it. Golden yellow, deep pink, or maybe a coral? Hmm.
Last year someone helped me identify muscari 'Blue Spike' in my yard. Can someone suggest which one this is? The color is true blue and very sweet.
Here is another dwarf iris called 'Banbury Ruffles'. You're supposed to wait 6 weeks after bloom to transplant iris. Maybe I'll wait that long, or maybe I'll get impatient to divide and transplant these cuties all around the front yard. Iris survive almost anything, especially these vigorous dwarves.
And here is the muscari 'Blue Spike'. I actually think the flowers look weird up close, but the deep periwinkle color is pretty from far away. These are planted along the west flagstone path.
There are 14 clumps of 'Emerald Cushion Blue' creeping phlox in the front yard, and I'm planning a few more. Most of my other phlox plants are completely smothered in blooms right now, but this one is newly planted and has fewer blooms this year - it must have been growing in more shade at the nursey. Next year it will do its part with the others to tie the front yard together during spring.
I think even plain old Vinca minor is pretty in bloom, and I like using the stems in floral bouquets. I don't have large areas for it to spread, however, so I need to dig my clumps up and put them into pots before they take over everything.
There's plenty of purple and blue-violet to come soon - salvia, delphinium, columbine, clematis, ajuga, catmints, lilacs, hardy geraniums, pincushion flower, violets, campanula, lilyturf, plus Siberian, Japanese and full-sized German iris. 'Blue Moon' wisteria are in the mail. I love these colors!