Thursday, May 27, 2010
Paraisea liliastrum and Stellaria graminea
Ranunculus aconitifolius 'Flore Plena'
or 'Fair Maids of France'
Aquilegia vulgaris and Cornus kousa 'Wolf Eyes'
Thalictrum aquilegifolium 'Sparkler'
Here in Southern Ontario, we are experiencing some unusually hot weather for the month of May. For several days now the temperatures have been in the low 30's (centergrade), and on cue ( I wish I could claim to have planned this), the garden has produced some wonderfully cooling combinations of blooms and foliage.
Thalictrum aquilegifolium 'Sparkler', despite it's firey name, is tall and elegantly cool and a self-sown Aquilegia pairs well with the foliage of Cornus kousa 'Wolf Eyes'.
Ranunculus aquinitifolius' Flore Pleno' is an antique , double flowered form of the species that is also known as 'Fair Maids of France'. I'm told that it is quite common in Newfoundland, and if true, it might be among some of the earliest european plants to be imported to North America. It forms a little cloud of white button-like flowers and seems unaffected by the heat and humidity.
Equally at ease in the summer heat is Paradisea liliastrum, which blooms the same time as a little plant that I found growing in the grass at a local sports arena, I've since found out that it's Stellaria graminea, a chickweed, but a very well behaved one.