A Happy Accident
December 22 2021
I bought a blue Peach-leaved Bellflower, brought it home, planted it, and went on to the next task. When I bought it, it didn’t have any flowers on it yet, but some of the others in that tray did and they were blue. I chose the one I did because it was sturdy and stocky and if I buy a perennial that is in full bloom, that might be it for the year. Mine turned out to be white.
I visited a wholesale greenhouse once and the sheer number of plants is overwhelming. Even the few thousands of plants of our retail sellers makes me know that’s too much for me. It’s not surprising that an occasional plant will be mislabeled-it’s only surprising that it happens so seldom. It could have been simply a different seed, too. I couldn’t tell you if this Campanula (Bellflower-Campanula means bell or little bell) was grown from seed or some other method.
Anyway, I am pretty happy with how those big white bells look next to the arching canes of the pink ‘John Davis’ rose. I’ve mentioned this rose before, but the gazebo in that story has been replaced by an iron tripod tuteur (French for trainer, fitting, yes?) that I wind the canes through. It works for now, but this rose could outgrow it if it reaches its full potential of seven plus feet. That’s ok, odds are good that I can dream up a bigger trellis of some sort. Change is good. I see such structures in my gardens as an opportunity for art. Though in my opinion, the garden itself is art, I like something man made here and there, it feels like an invitation to come into the garden-the human touch is welcoming.
I have to confess, I am not a great planner when it comes to my gardens (or anything really). I wing it, make last minute decisions, buy plants on impulse and it all seems to work out. Of course I make mistakes, but usually not the same ones twice!
I just think in general terms-shade plants here, block the view there, shade the back porch, etc. and then go find some plants that accomplish that. And a few others that have nothing to do with anything. I do know plants, though, and what to expect from them; and if one is new to me, those tags are very helpful! One never knows when a happy accident will happen. Sometimes things don’t turn out quite like you thought they would. Sometimes they’re even better.
Peach-leaved Bellflower, Campanula persicifolia, 18-36” tall, zone 3-8