Garden Photo of the Day

READER PHOTO: Mountain bluet

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Photo/Illustration: Andrew Keys

Today’s photo is from Andrew Keys in Topsfield, Massachusetts. He says: “The appearance of cool customer Centaurea montana (USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9) means it’s a sure thing it’s high spring in my garden. One day I note its fuzzy leaves have emerged, and it’s blooming by the time I turn around again. This plant prefers cool, northern latitudes, and even in New England retreats in the height of summer. Cut it back and treat yourself to a new flush of fall bloom when the weather cools down again.” Thanks for sending in this great photo, Andrew!

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  1. arboretum 03/23/2010

    One of my fav. perennials, esp. Gold Bullion the yellow leaved version (though weaker than the green one). I did not know about whacking them back for a second bloom flush. Thank you!

  2. Cinseault 03/25/2010

    What a beautiful flower. I am in Western Canada (Calgary Alberta) My garden is Zone 3 and in some protected areas can be zone 4 but I generally only look for zone 3 or cooler perennials.
    I will look this one up as the colour will add a real zing to my garden that is mainly yellows and burnt oranges
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Colleen12 03/26/2010

    How beautiful. I understand how you feel, but in the reverse. I came from Illinois and moved to California. My love of bulbs and the coming of Spring has never waned.

  4. user-6896190 07/29/2014

    Beautiful. My grandmother grew these but she called them Wild bachleor Buttons.

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