Monday, April 20, 2009
You Never Know What You'll Find in the Backyard
Not exactly what you were expecting? Part of the fun about buying a new home in summer is that there is some mystery involved. You don't get to see what spring plants you've just bought until long after you have signed on the dotted line. I knew there were plenty of common blue violets (Viola sororia) in our backyard, especially around the bur oak, , but I wasn't expecting this.
This flower, however, has taken me by surprise this spring. Look at those freckles. Aren't they cool? I have seen a light blue, almost white form of Viola sororia in lawns, but never one with spots. A little internet searching, and I do believe that this is Viola sororia "freckles", quite an appropriately named cultivar. A few places even sell it online. I'm lucky to have a little patch at the far back of our yard. Isn't spring great?