also known as Blue Cornflower, or Mountain Bluet. This species is low to medium in height and well suited to growing in the sunny border. Plants form a bushy clump of grey-green leaves, setting off a display of clear-blue shaggy flowers in early summer. Removing faded flower heads will encourage repeat blooming. Ruggedly hardy, this plant will grow in most types of soils and climate regions. May self-seed prolifically, so keep an eye out for seedlings appearing where not wanted. Plants may be pruned back hard in mid-summer to maintain a compact habit. Nice for cutting.
I have been very busy in the garden this month. There has been much time spent weeding, watering, deadheading perennials, trimming hedges and renovating garden beds. I have the thyme circle trimmed and looking good, in bloom. I moved the bench further back in its hedge nook and set it on cement blocks. So it is now much higher. The legs that were in the ground have not rusted, I am happy to see. I laid several layers of cardboard under it to cover the violets and smother them. I am covering the cardboard with cedar hedge trimmings. I have lots of this cedar hedge duff. It turns a light brown color and will look good under the turquoise bench.
The rhodos are about finished and the roses are full of blooms. The alpines are all doing very well. The pinks are in bloom, and the campanulas, too. It is all looking nice, but there is more weeding and trimming to do. The garden beds seem to be very dry, so I have been watering a lot. I have not noticed any publications about water restrictions this year.