They say that more snow is on the way in the meantime the remnants of a few of last summer's purple coneflowers are on stage in their tutus and fancy head dress
One of the stars carries her winter bouquet
Just a few feet away:
The thymes must have very warm hearts they burn through the snow faster than most of the perennials in the garden and i wish i knew the specific name for this one it's winter foliage is like no other i've ever had. i would bring more into the garden and lay a wider carpet
i will have to use my best sleuthing skills come spring and summer
i know some of you have not heard the folklore so here 'tis about the famous English gardener (she had several plants named after her) who loved this plant and carried seeds with her slying dropping them in gardens she visited. a year or two later when the seeds grew and flowered people would say "Ah, Miss Willmott was here."
one has to be in the right place at the right moment to catch these tiny members of the iris family. in the wild, "blue-eyed grass" opens for a brief time during the sunny part of a day and repeats the display off and on for many weeks throughout the summer. cultivated varieties have larger flowers that stay open longer.
i want to stick around and say more but, gratefully, there is lightning and thunder on the horizon. crossing my fingers that we get a good rain.