Flowers big and small

On my recent strolls through the garden, I was—as always at this time of the year— first drawn to the beautiful large flowers of the roses. An unusual iris had also newly opened its purple blooms.

A new iris and our roses Chicago Peace, Citrus Tease and Dame de Chenonceau.

On another round, I looked closer to the ground. Here, I found smaller flowers that were no less beautiful. Some of them emerge at this time of the year on our shade plants that are mostly planted for their pretty foliage, like Heuchera (more on these in a later post) and nettles.

Flowers on feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), the zebra variety of the common mallow (Malva sylvestris), the Japanese orchid Bletilla striata, the yellow corydalis (Pseudofumaria lutea), a Heuchera variety, and a fancy variety of the nettle Lamium maculatum.

Even the weeds that we failed to pull out have their appeal when in bloom. Look at the lacy flowers of bedstraw and ground elder. They are fit for a bridal bouquet. Spiderwort flowers also look quite nice when they are open in the morning, and the bright yellow flowers of a buttercup are probably the reason that this plant is allowed to occupy a corner of our garden. Too bad that these flowers produce a lot of seeds and the plants spread so readily that they become invasive.

Bedstraw (Galium sp.), Ground Elder (Aegopodium podagraria), buttercup (Ranunculus repens) and spiderwort (Tradescantia sp.) in near-white and blue.