Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cooling Whites

Paraisea liliastrum and Stellaria graminea

Ranunculus aconitifolius 'Flore Plena'
or 'Fair Maids of France'

Aquilegia vulgaris and Cornus kousa 'Wolf Eyes'

Thalictrum aquilegifolium 'Sparkler'

Here in Southern Ontario, we are experiencing some unusually hot weather for the month of May. For several days now the temperatures have been in the low 30's (centergrade), and on cue ( I wish I could claim to have planned this), the garden has produced some wonderfully cooling combinations of blooms and foliage.
Thalictrum aquilegifolium 'Sparkler', despite it's firey name, is tall and elegantly cool and a self-sown Aquilegia pairs well with the foliage of Cornus kousa 'Wolf Eyes'.
Ranunculus aquinitifolius' Flore Pleno' is an antique , double flowered form of the species that is also known as 'Fair Maids of France'. I'm told that it is quite common in Newfoundland, and if true, it might be among some of the earliest european plants to be imported to North America. It forms a little cloud of white button-like flowers and seems unaffected by the heat and humidity.
Equally at ease in the summer heat is Paradisea liliastrum, which blooms the same time as a little plant that I found growing in the grass at a local sports arena, I've since found out that it's Stellaria graminea, a chickweed, but a very well behaved one.


Is the Wiz said...

Absolutely delightful, especially the airy grace of the columbine. Mine have turned out to be a rather dull pale pink, I'm wondering if I could improve them by contrasting with deep purple and white.

Barry said...

The sight of cooling whites is so overdue in these parts. I am most enthralled with the Cornus Wolf Eyes and Aquilegia combination, but the Ranunculus aconitifolia Flore Plena brought a smile to my face. Still need to add a clump or two to the Shaded Walk. So many plans, so little time! Try and keep cool...... your post dropped my body temp by at least ten degrees, thanks!

gardener said...

Hi Barry
Lovely collection. The Aquilegia vulgaris and Cornus kousa 'Wolf Eyes' combo is fabulous. White in the heat in Toronto and tonight it's snowing in Calgary. At least the alpines seem happy.

kilbournegrove said...

Barry, looks like the garden has changed a lot over the last month (can't believe how fast the time has gone). Hope to have another tour. Are you up for another coffee next week?

Barry Parker said...

Hi Is, Barry, gardener and Deborah,

I've been in Montreal for the last week and unable to easily access a computer. So sorry for the delay in responding to your comments.
Thank you all, much appreciated.