I love my perennial border
For all the color it brings into my life.
The back of my house looks onto my garden
So I look at it off and on all day.
But color in a perennial border
Can be a tricky thing.
You see, unlike annuals
Perennials don’t bloom all summer.
Most bloom for a few weeks
Or maybe several weeks
If I’m attentive to dead-heading.
So summer is a bit of a dance
With colors coming and going.
May is such a gift.
Columbine is one of the first to appear.
Then big blousy peonies.
And the flush of rose bushes.
Starting with Katy Road Pink
Followed by Aloha
And a host of others whose names escape me.
And of course, Iris have their brief but glorious moment in the sun.
With a few Dutch Iris thrown in amongst the lot.
Then there’s this tiny little orchid looking flower
With intense orchid color
Orchid is the Pantone color of the year for 2015
So I’m glad mine are putting on such a show.
It’s one of the keys to a healthy garden.
It’s one of the keys to a healthy world.
Enjoy this glorious week.