A Pretty Spot in My Garden

spiderwort and feverfew
Pretty in the garden.

Sometimes things just come together on their own, the flowers and the sunlight as a spotlight.

The spiderwort came up on its own in my yard, and has appeared in several places with no help from me. I did plant the feverfew many years ago from plants a friend gave me, and since then it’s moved all over, in some areas a little too enthusiastically. In this very spot they came together and seeing them bloom together as they did this year brought me joy each day they appeared. Spiderwort flowers open for only a few hours earlier in the day, and each flower is only open for that day. Feverfew blooms in clusters all over the plant and the flowers are long-lived, so the flowers were in place for the whole time the spiderwort was blooming, almost three weeks. Both plants are native, hardy and reliable, and a great friend of bees

Much of my garden is native plants, and many of those showed up on their own. That means a special way of gardening, the “no such thing as a weed” or “a weed is just a plant growing where you don’t want it” of letting plants arrive naturally and do what they will, and judiciously trimming, moving and removing plants that you really don’t want, or that try to populate the place with themselves and their descendants.

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