Four White Flowers
It’s spring, and everything looks great in the garden right now. Well, except for those pervasive Star of Bethlehem invaders that have to be pulled out by the dozens. Star of Bethlehem is a non-native, very invasive plant that can take over your flower bed almost overnight. I spent about an hour or more yesterday pulling it out of my flowerbeds. Its flowers are white, but it’s not one of the four white flowers of the post title.
The four white flowers would be: tree peony, woodland phlox, chokeberry tree blossoms, and foam flower. I am not what you would call a photographer – I take snapshots, not photos, I fear. Nevertheless, maybe you will enjoy these flower snapshots!
The first of the lot is the tree peony.
I bought this tree peony several years ago, before I got religion about gardening with natives. It is definitely not native, but at least it is not invasive. It probably doesn’t support much in the way of native insect life. The flowers on my tree peony are wider than the length of my hand – and I have long hands.
Next is phlox, a beautiful plant I inherited from the garden’s previous owners. I think this is woodland phlox. I nearly killed it in the first year I was here because I did not realize it was a good plant. Fortunately, it was hardy enough to survive my plant stupidity.
Woodland phlox is a native. Butterflies and bees are supposed to like it. The flowers are about as wide across as a third of my finger.
Two years ago I planted this chokeberry tree.
I picked it because it was native and deer resistant, though this was before I got religion about natives. In the first year, this deer-resistant plant was savaged by the enormous deer herd that practically lives in my backyard. Moral of the story: deer will eat just about anything when they are starving. The flowers are about as wide as my fingernail. It gets red berries, and the foliage turns a brilliant red in the fall. I’m not sure this one is planted in the best site, but it’s struggling gamely along.
The last plant is foamflower.
Another inherited native, and another one I almost killed. I am sure I did kill a few nice plants that the previous owners put in. Someday I’ll be a real gardener….I hope. I have since learned to let unfamiliar stuff sprout for awhile until I can figure out what it is. Foam flower – good; garlic mustard – bad. Learn to recognize this one and rip it out ruthlessly. The individual flowers on the foam flower are very teeny tiny. It really does look sort of foamy, doesn’t it?
These flowers will all be gone in a short time; foam flower probably lasts the longest. But I so much enjoy them while they are here. Gardening – even though I’m pretty much a rank amateur – is so good for my soul. I’m so glad spring is finally here!