I was standing out in the garden and noticed I was surrounded by blooms from the pea family of plants.
My initial thought was, “oh good, the Leguminosae family has arrived. Oh wait, not Leguminosae like I learned in college, now it’s Fabaceae. Leguminosae, Fabaceae, does it really matter-a?
What matters is their blooms have shown up in my garden.
The common peas, Pisum sativum, started blooming earlier this week in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral. I’m growing the variety ‘Green Arrow’, obviously.
Nearby, a native wisteria is starting to drip with blossoms.
This particluar wisteria is Kenturcky Wisteria, Wisteria macrostachya. It has a lovely, soft fragrance. I trained it to twirl up a post and then “let” the flowers hang down. I say let because I don’t really have much control over it.
And guess what else from the Leguminose-Fabaceae family is blooming in my garden?
That’s right. Clover.
Trifolium repens, actually. Dutch white clover. It’s growing all through the lawn, on purpose. I sowed seeds for it in the lawn. On purpose.
This particular patch, however, is actually in a path in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral, not on purpose, but not hurting anything really, so I’ve left it. I’ll cut it back some to keep it a little bit in check.
Over in Plopper’s Field, False Indigo, Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ is blooming.
And just a little ways down from it, Baptisia ‘ Caroline Moonlight’ is trying to get some attention, too.
I wonder if it notices a Clematis vine is trying to grow up through it? The clematis is in my other favorite plant family, Ranunculaceae.
Finally, in a container on the patio, I’m growing a new pea variety, ‘Masterpiece’.
See those tendrils? Those are edible, and the pods will be edible and the peas, too. A trifecta pea.
The flowers in there with those peas? Violas, which are in my other favorite plant family, Violaceae.
I love it when a lovely family, like Leguminosae-Fabaceae, comes to my garden, or at least makes itself known all at once.
I wonder which family will show up next?