Down in the sunny utility meadow, perched on a rock by the side of the stream, a bold statement is being made by the Siberian Iris 'Caesar's Brother'. This clump is on the list for division. I hope to get to it once the bloom is done.
Phacelia purshii makes up in sheer numbers what it may lack in bloom size.
It is joined by the very pale blue, near white Phacelia fimbriata
On a mountain top covered with dozens of blooming rhododendrons and hundreds of iris, the phacelia has been declared the resident gardeners current favorite plant. It has spread like a magic carpet of blue that laps at the feet of all the other perennials and shrubs in the garden and lines many of the paths.
Why is the phacelia your favorite plant, I asked?
Because it was free they replied. They introduced a few plants and the phacelia has done the rest all by itself. A magic carpet of annual blue wildflowers to delight on the evening stroll.
When the hand of the gardener is minimal to non-existent in such a dazzling free display of nature's abundance, how could you not claim favorites for a pretty blue weed?