This post will feature flowers that are currently blooming in the area of Oswego and Jefferson Counties and other counties in Central and Northern New York.
A lot of our flowering perennials only flower for a short time, but they usually leave us with some nice greenery throughout the rest of the growing season. Some spring perennials will die back completely (as described in the bleeding hearts information in one of my earlier March blog posts), but others will stay green until the fall. If it's a hot, dry summer some of the perennials will start getting crisp edges (like astilbes and ferns) and die back earlier than usual, but will return the following season.
|Rhododendron in bloom|
|Buds on Iceland Poppies|
|Cransbill Geranium growing with hostas|
(Common) Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum Multiflorum). The Solomon's Seal are perennials that have flowers similar to the Lily-of-the-Valley (they are a relative of them) only taller. It can grow to about 35 inches high. They prefer light, moist soil in shade or sun. They are categorized in the Asparagaceae family, and you can see the resemblance to the asparagus in the photo below of the new shoots emerging in the spring.
|Variegated Solomon's Seal coming up in ivy. They look like something out of a sci-fi movie.|
|Flowers on Solomon's Seal|
Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum). Here is a perennial for you if you have a dry, sunny area with poor soil. We planted these in a rock garden that is exposed to the sun all day long. Because it is a raised bed it also has very good drainage. Snow-in-summer form a clump of silvery, grey foliage with white pretty daisy-like flowers in late spring/early summer. It does spread rather easily, but it's also another plant to easily keep under control with transplanting and dividing. It is a low-growing ground cover (grows to about 8 inches), and looks nice edging a garden. The photo below demonstrates it at the edge of a stone wall. After your Snow-in-Summer flowers, trim it back to a few inches to keep it neat looking. Another deer resistant plant.
|Snow-in-Summer blooming with Intermediate Bearded Iris|
Clematis. I planted a Asao Clematis near a Viburnum Shasta (pictured below). The Viburnum Shasta spread out and the Clematis grabbed onto it forming a nice display of the two flowering plants. This was a great surprise because when I purchased the clematis I had no idea when it was going to bloom. Lucky for us it blooms at the same time the Viburnum Shasta is flowering.
|Asao Clematis blooming on Viburnum Shasta|
|Male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) butterfly (males have blue and orange spots near the tail) on wild phlox|
"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul."
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