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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