What's Blooming Now--TOW

Diane Whitehead voltaire@islandnet.com
Tue, 27 Apr 2004 14:32:31 PDT
The lavender ones are much favoured by Swallowtail butterflies, which 
then lay their eggs on nearby fennel.  I will check and see if the 
butterflies also like the pale flowers.

>   Dames' Rocket, Hesperis matronalis, is starting. I try to keep the 
>white, it keeps sporting back to lavender and I keep pulling out the 
>Ken, western Oregon  Z7

A couple of good things about bluebells:

1. Childhood memories: They were the first flowers all the 
neighbourhood kids used to pick, in a nearby wooded area, next to the 
field with a horse in it. ( apartment buildings replaced the horse 
about fifty years ago, alas.)  I try to keep them under control in my 
garden, and never let them set seed, but I still like them for 
picking as they will fill in a bouquet when I only want to sacrifice 
one or two tulips.

2.  Deer like to browse the copious juicy green leaves, so if they 
fill up on bluebells, they will surely have less room for trilliums 
and tulips.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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