My identify is Fran Cohen, and that is my second submission to GPOD. (Try Fran’s first submission right here.) I’ve been gardening right here in Rhode Island for greater than 30 years. This time of 12 months I discover it particularly warming to undergo final 12 months’s pictures that deliver the skin in with bouquets huge and small. Matching the blossoms to the vase is essential, however the place to place the vase is simply as essential. A favourite location is the windowsill over the kitchen sink, the place I can research issues up shut. One other is within the downstairs powder room with its vivid blue-purple partitions.
Canine tooth violets (Erythronium ‘Pagoda’, Zones 4–9) are a latest addition, and I’m sorry I didn’t uncover them sooner. They’re swish however strong among the many different fragile ephemerals. These red-and-yellow primroses (Primula hybrid, Zones 4–8) are cheerful, bulletproof, and simple to divide and unfold round.
The purple clematis is ‘Vyvyan Pennel’ (Zones 4–9), however I’ve forgotten the identify of the white one. Whereas I now favor a less complicated flower kind, these had been acquired a few years in the past after I was seduced by outrageous catalog photos.
Eden rose (Rosa ‘Eden’, Zones 5–10) climbs towards the stone chimney and blooms for a very long time with a scent that may make you swoon. Such a full and beneficiant rose. I even discovered a bud to deliver inside in November.
Some alliums get misplaced amongst different show-offs, however these Allium siculum (Zones 4–8) might be totally appreciated on the windowsill.
Reduce garlic scapes (the flowering stems of garlic vegetation) look fashionable and architectural when introduced inside. And you’ll at all times snip some so as to add taste as you cook dinner.
I plan to at all times develop ‘Rubenza’ cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Rubenza’, annual) with their gorgeous coloration and refined shadings. Right here they mix nicely with some zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) the rabbits spared and a lone dahlia (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as a young bulb).
Aralia ‘Solar King’ (Zones 3–9) has brightened the shady shrub border for years, however that is the primary time I seen its delicate white flowers.
These mums (Chrysanthemum hybrids, hardiness varies by cultivar) are at all times price ready for, although I want they bloomed earlier.