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Plants Bring Joy!

Beautiful natives and more

Today we’re visiting Jana Trusz’s garden.

I live in Canton, Massachusetts, and have been gardening forever. Our lot backs up to conservation land and includes a great deal of woodland plants. Plants just give me so much joy!

This is a peony sorbet (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sorbet’, Zones 3–8), one of my favorite plants.

I have always loved native plants and enjoy seeing what gifts my garden receives. I call these Indian peace pipes (Monotropa uniflora). It is a parasitic plant that lacks chlorophyll, so it is unable to obtain energy from sunlight as most plants do and gathers its energy from tree roots. I think it is a beautiful plant.

How beautiful are these Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica, Zones 3–8)! The pink buds open to blue flowers.

I do not know the name of this plant, nor the butterfly species. It is a very old plant in my garden, and I was thrilled when I saw it full of butterflies one morning. (Note: I think this is Sedum kamtschaticum, Zones 2–9, and small skipper butterflies.)

Here is a second shot of Virginia bluebells, a spring delight!

I always leave common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca, Zones 4–9) in my garden for the monarchs. I did not have any monarchs for two years, but I’ve seen four this year flitting from flower to flower. Just look at the detail on this beautiful flower! It also has a wonderful scent.

Honey garlic (Nectaroscodum siculum or Allium siculum, Zones 4–8), a beautiful allium, surprises me every year, as it seems to come up in a new place.

I got these shooting stars (Dodecatheon meadia, Zones 4–8) from my great aunt’s garden. They come up everywhere in the spring, and I welcome them. They really are like a star shooting to the ground.


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    carolcowee 08/13/2019

    Wonderful garden...

    1. mjtrusz 08/13/2019

      Thank you! So nice to share plants. Jana

  2. btucker9675 08/13/2019

    What a beautiful peaceful space you have made! Love the peony - such a rich color and it's heart shaped!

    1. mjtrusz 08/13/2019

      Yes, that peony was such a surprise! the beautiful heart shape. Spring is such a special time.

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    meander_michaele 08/13/2019

    You have some great plants, Jana, and some very interesting ones like the Indian Peace Pipes and the sooting stars...both very cool looking. I can well imagine that your garden is a happy buffet bar for the winged critters that come to visit.

    1. mjtrusz 08/13/2019

      The Indian Peach Pipes were a gift from the woods, so interesting. It took me a while to figure out what they were when I first saw them years ago. And the shooting stars come up everywhere in the spring. What's good about them is that by this time they have gone except for the seeds so you don't have to worry about them taking over.

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    simplesue 08/13/2019

    Wow! Indian peace pipes (Monotropa uniflora)!!!! I would so love to have those growing in my garden! What an amazing shot of all those little butterflies- I've never seen such a thing before- just gorgeous! Love your photography and garden!

    1. mjtrusz 08/13/2019

      I wish I could take credit for the Peace Pipes, just a woodland gift. And the butterflies was a once in a lifetime happening. I just happened to have my camera with me. Thanks for looking

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