Blues And Purples And Cold

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Tuesday was cold as if winter wanted another chance; nevertheless the first bearded iris opened in the bright sunlight afternoon.

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

Iris germanica (Bearded iris)

A little plant added to the garden last year, Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Blue-eyed Grass), is beginning to bloom. I thought last summer’s heat had been its demise. Glad to see it pulled through after all.

Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Blue-eyed Grass)

Given a weather forecast for early Wednesday morning of 29°F (-1.6°C), I covered the hydrangeas and crossed fingers everything else would generate its own heat.

Knowing a cold night was ahead I cut the iris along with two other blues to enjoy indoors: Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’ and Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’ (Hardy Sage). No special arrangement, just a rescue, but I love the colors.

Iris germanica (Bearded iris) and Anemone coronaria

Iris germanica (Bearded iris) and Anemone coronaria

There was one red Anemone coronaria “The Governor’ that made its way into the vase as well.

Iris germanica (Bearded iris) and Anemone coronaria

Iris germanica (Bearded iris) and Anemone coronaria

Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' (Hardy Sage) and Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’ (Hardy Sage) and Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' (Hardy Sage) and Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’ (Hardy Sage) and Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Another below freezing night is on the horizon this weekend too. Winter trickery.

21 thoughts on “Blues And Purples And Cold

  1. Christina

    ‘Mr Fokker’ is a charmer, I also love how in a group the older flowers fade so the group looks like lots of different flowers. Sisyrinchium likes it dry, I had some but they were smothered by a nearby grass, I should look for others.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Disappointed none of the anemones I planted this fall survived, but the ones from last year are strong. ‘Mr Fokker’ is attractive at all stages–great outdoors and in. Another commenter warned to deadhead to keep Sisyrinchium in control. I’m thinking I should take it out right now because I can’t be trusted to care for it!

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  2. johnvic8

    We are not excited about the frost warnings….but we will survive with lots of pots in the garage. Have you found blue-eyed grass to be invasive? It most certainly was in my garden in Chapel Hill as it seeded itself in unwanted places.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Last year was the first year and it died back in summer. I thought it was dead completely. But am seeing from comments I should move it somewhere else right away. Thanks John.

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  3. Chloris

    Time for your lovely irises to bloom already? Oh dear, frost is bad news. I love the colour of ‘Mr. Fokker’. I wonder who Mr. Fokker was.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Would love to know who Mr. Fokker was (his name seems almost rude). I’m not sure where this iris came from. It’s been in the garden for a couple of years and last year opened April 8. Other irises don’t look ready–they’re using blooming Mid-April — Mid-May.

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  4. Beth @ PlantPostings

    Oh, I really like your arrangement! That’s magical. Something about the shades of blue and the shapes and the vase. Wow. Congrats on the Blue-Eyed Grass: I’ve been meaning to plant some, but haven’t gotten around to it.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Beth. I moved my blue-eyed grass yesterday out into the “hell” strip in front of the house. Several people warned it can seed heavily and I didn’t want to be pulling it out of the garden. It is very attractive though.

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  5. Cathy

    The blue anemone are my favourites, and how lucky you are to have sage flowering at the same time – they go perfectly together!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I like them together also Cathy. The meadow sage is supposed to bloom all summer but mine dies back in the heat. It’s pretty when young and fresh.

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