A few new flowers at Bindweed available this week: double ruffle green-centered suns, mini-sunflowers, mini-lilies, a new orange lily, nigella pods and white salvia. The mini-suns are about the size of a large scabiosa on long stems with a yellow-green face. Double ruffle green suns are large with multiple layers of tiny petals surrounding a dimpled green center. The mini-lilies are much smaller, about half the size of an Asiatic, bright yellow with a wine freckled center . We also have a new orange Asiatic lily, deep melon orange also with a wine freckled center. Just as we harvested the last nigella flowers the nigella pods were forming. The pods are a deep chocolate to maroon. We have grown blue salvia for a few years and would occasionally find a white flowered plant, it was love at first sight! The heads looks like velvet white grape hyacinths, just gorgeous.
New flowers for this week: Blackeyed Susans, clarkia, cloud larkspur, foxglove, lavender, white phlox and verbena. The lavender and floxglove are on the short side this year, strange weather swings, but they are lovely.
The clematis recta and clematis integrifolia are re-blooming and we just started cutting the third crop of sweet peas. They are a summer variety with thicker, stronger, shorter stems--a sturdier, stockier variety for the heat of summer. What they lack in stem length they make up for with their slightly ruffled petals. RT could not discern the difference but Sam and I (we cut the majority of sweet peas) were struck immediately by their unique structure. We love them.