PINTO PINK SPLASH
Outside the earlier lilacs got zapped by a hard cold snap, but the later varieties, like 'Miss Canada' are just starting to open and they all look fabulous.
'MISS CANADA' LILAC
Peonies are budding up and the ants are happy. They are attracted to a small amount of nectar and they do no harm to the flowers or plants and will disappear once the buds open up.
A Peony bud - 'CORAL CHARM'
The fern-leaved peonies have bloomed and done their thing, but here's a pretty tree peony in one of my gardens. These plants have woody stems and should never be cut down. Here in northern Vermont they overwinter, but are not particularly vigorous.
Yellow TREE PEONY
Amsonia tabernaemontana is blooming now and is one of those trouble-free perennials with no insect of disease problems whatsoever. The flowers are pleasant, but it is the habit of the plant itself which makes it desirable. It is full and upright and needs no support. Throughout the summer I cut the foliage for filler for bouquets.
Now that things are finally slowing down I hope to be able to post in my blog more often. And maybe I can figure out why this type suddenly turned blue!