Last fall I added another three Bowman’s Root (Porteranthus trifoliatus) to the raised bed in the shady Back Garden and I really like how they are filling in and flowering more profusely.
Love the irregular star-shaped flowers, the mahogany stems, and the fall color.
Very glad I added more to this bed. Not a plant that makes a big impact from a distance but it is charming up close. Attracts native bees. Native to Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan, as well as parts of Canada and the American South.
In other news, Judy and I finally lifted the ‘Globemaster’ Allium bulbs. After planting 5 bulbs over ten years ago, we dug up more than 50 bulbs today (many quite small), and we probably left a bunch in the ground. Lifting the bulbs was harder than expected as there was a tree root growing right through the middle of the patch.
‘Globemaster’ reproduces by offsets only, the flowers are sterile. We replanted the largest five bulbs, enriching the soil with leaf mold. The remainder we will give away to friends and neighbors. It will be interesting to see how the replanted bulbs will perform.
We’re starting a heat wave today, with temperatures reaching 90 degrees F through the weekend. This should bring the end of the season for our Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginianus) flowers, which usually last longer into June.
This is absolutely one of my favorite small trees. Another Illinois native that attracts native bees. I wish now I had planted one or two in the Back Garden. I wonder why it isn’t more common in this area.
With this current heat wave it feels that summer has at least unofficially begun. I’ll be back soon with news of herbs, flowering containers, Allliums, nesting birds, and much more.