During these late August days, one of my favourite plants in bloom are the blue Gentians (Gentiana septemfida var. lagodechiana), pictured at right. As soon as the sun appears – and that has been a scarce commodity for the past week – the blooms open and I can’t get enough of them.
The blue is such an intense one, found so rarely in plants. The long throats are tinged in purple and make for a lovely contrast. Several new buds are about to open as well, so I hope that I can enjoy these flowers for a few more days … or longer.
For some reason, I have had good success with Gentians in my garden. There are two other varieties that do well, though their blooms are not as breathtaking as the ones pictured here.
Supposedly, as the week rolls on and as my son prepares for a return to school on Thursday, our weather will warm again. One of the only advantages to these cooler days is that the Heavenly Blue Morning Glory blooms stay open all day long. I can’t resist showing yet another photograph from yesterday. I can’t promise that this will be the last either, since they are gorgeous – an entirely different shade of blue from the Gentians.
Does anyone remember this post from long-ago springtime about Kenilworth Ivy ?
At the time, I hadn’t a clue what it was called, but Jodi at Bloomingwriter identified it for me. I have two huge pots of this ivy growing on either side of my back porch in addition to several small patches tumbling over rocks in both the front and back gardens.
Every year, the ivy grows without any effort on my part. Seeds also fall among the bricked patio and so bits of Kenilworth Ivy can be seen everywhere. I love it and rarely ever remove any of it. It dies off every fall, but leaves lots of seeds ready to start growing come spring.
God made a little gentian;
It tried to be a rose
And failed, and all the summer laughed.
But just before the snows
There came a purple creature
That ravished all the hill.