We say farewell to the lilacs, the last to bloom are the white and that is all we have this week. We greet the viburnum, both lace cap and snowball, with open arms and say hello to clematis. We have clematis recta, long sturdy stems crowned with tear-drop buds and star-shaped blooms, and clematis integrifolia, shorter stems, vigorous foliage tipped with bell-shaped flowers. These clematis varieties are dainty and long-lived.
The white allium is beautiful this year, every other year it is damaged by late frosts but this year it is perfect.
Baptisia, back-door cousin to lupine, is just coming into bloom in deep blue violet and royal purple. We have a small crop of Bells of Ireland and have started cutting dusty miller. The greenhouses are full to bursting with sweet peas and snap dragons--we have a rainbow of colors of both. We are really excited by a new variety of snap called "Purple Twist"--not very purple, more a deep raspberry with white streaks--very striking.
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