Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Surprise Bloom

 

While cleaning out one of the flower beds I discovered a surprise flower blooming in one of the flowerbeds.

PurpleClusteredBellflower

In the corner bed I have Purple Clustered Bellflowers, campanula glomerata, growing that blooms in June. They reach between 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall and are hardy in zones 4 to 8. The blooms do not last for a very long period but they are pretty while in bloom. I have them mixed in with Snow Drift white achillea.

Bellflower_AcihlleaSnowDrift 

These campanula’s have grown now for many years in this bed and tend to spread and reseed there even in the hard clay soil.

Clusterd_PurpleBellflower

While cleaning this bed I spotted a white flower blooming there that I had not planted. Upon closer examination to get the identity of what this flower may be I was thrilled and surprised to see that it was a  white Clustered Bellflower blooming.

WhiteClustered_Campanula
One of the seeds from the purple must have reverted back to a parent plant and created a white blooming plant for me. 

 WhiteClustered_Campanula2
It will be nice having this new surprise white clustered bellflower blooming in amongst the Purple ones.
So now I have a free Campanula glomerata alba White Clustered Bellflower growing in the bed.
Our plants do give us some sweet surprises sometimes.

Happy Gardening,
Lona

 

23 comments:

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Balisha said...

I love surprises like that...Balisha

Darla said...

This is a nice garden surprise!

elaine rickett said...

Lucky you - I planted a purple one earlier in the year - and I have seen neither sight nor sound of it since.

Amy said...

I love surprises like that ... ver pretty!

FlowerLady said...

'Volunteers' sure can give us delight in our gardens. I love your bellflowers.

FlowerLady

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Now isn't that a cute surprise. Mine are long gone. Lovely. V

Egretta Wells blog said...

That is quite a nice surprise in your garden!

Patsy said...

What fun to have a surprise in the garden.
I sure hope that little flyer never gets in my house like it did yours.LOL What a mess that must have been.

Susan said...

Nature definitely is amazing. The blue and white look very pretty together.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Lona girl isn't it great to find such beautiful surprises in our gardens : ) I also found a surprise this morning in fact .. my Indian Pinks have set more flower buds even after I cut them way back to protect them from the hot dry weather we were having then. I had no idea they could rebloom for me ! So I am tickled PINK too ;-)
Joy

pogonip said...

Love that color combination--I feel cooler already!

Thanks for your good wishes re my BIL <3

Aerie-el said...

Beautiful combination! They are such pretty flowers, and how fun to find a gift in the garden like that.

Cat said...

What beautiful surprises...I love that about the garden, you never know what you might find!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I love those types of surprises. I think I've only seen the blue ones before. I love the combo of the two!

The Seasonal One said...

Your blog photography and flowers are absolutely beautiful. I am in the midst of trying to plant flowers in my garden. Truly inspired! Thank ou

Autumn Belle said...

The bellflowers are pretty and sweet!

carolynsshadegardens.com said...

I love it when plant plant themselves, and it's even more fun when they extend you color palette.

Karen said...

Lona, I have the purple variety too but have never seen a white one...maybe you have a new plant to introduce to the world?! That would be so cool. I've been cleaning out the Formal Garden bed and have transplanted most of the stuff, but I'm sure I'll miss alot too. I hope I didn't toss out anything neat like your surprise!

TheGardeningBlog said...

That is indeed a wonderful find! Love the photos too.

Grace said...

This is a sweet surprise, for sure, Lona. How nice. Don't you just love this about gardening? :)

Adrienne in Ohio said...

These are lovely, Lona. I really enjoy blue and white flowers mixed together in a flower bed. Such a calming color pallette.

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Jennifer@threedogsinagarden
Lona, Surprises like this are the best! I have never seen a campanula I didn't like. The white ones are a pretty addition.