It’s the Purple Period!

The purple period marks the transition from spring, with its columbines and Baptisia, to early summer, with its roses and peonies, and irises bridge the seasons.

The planter box at the end of the driveway runs south to north; just north of it, the Alpine columbines are  coming into bloom. Right behind them are the rather asparagus-looking Baptisia flower buds; the highly divided leaves to their right belong to the geranium Johnson’s Blue, which is just budding up. The last plant wraps around the outer edge of the entire bed; it’s crested iris, which was at its peak Saturday.

Looking across the brick entryway into the backyard. Front to back: Alpine columbines, Baptisia flower buds, and crested iris. Photographed on May 23, 2020.

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How Can You Look at a Trillium and Not Smile?

Indeed. A friend asked me this when I sent her a photo of the newly popped flowers. There is something very peaceful about them.

Trillium. Photographed on May 8, 2020.

I put in a few nursery-raised bare-root plants several years ago and now have a nice little group. They are a sturdy little plant as long as you leave them alone. These are under one of my pawpaws, far enough away from foot traffic to be safe, but not so far that they are hard to see.

They broke ground about a month ago…

The trillium have erupted! They share space with Dutchman’s breeches. Photographed on April 11, 2020.

…and about a month from now they will fade, but beautifully. Trillium flowers go pink before they depart.