I spent an hour or so yesterday at Far Reaches Farm in Port Townsend, in the shade pavilion there, where another plant actually managed to draw my focus away from the swath of blooming Cardiocrinum giganteum. They're pretty fabulous plants, these giant Himalayan lilies.
|Blooming Himalayan lily, about ten feet above my head, with last year's dried seedpods|
They're impossible to ignore, these lilies with their soaring, wonderfully scented flowers, and their large shiny leaves. They're one of the first things you see at this time of year when you walk in to the shade pavilion at Far Reaches.
But, hard as it is believe, another plant drew my attention.
So, which one of the many great plants at Far Reaches was it?
|Meconopsis (Hensol's Violet, probably)?|
|These cool peony seedpods?|
No, none of those. I do love how many of the plants at Far Reaches have more than one season of interest, though, like those peonies with their cool seedpods.
|This feathery scarlet lily?|
|This delicate apricot Primula, blooming amidst a swath of skunk cabbage?|
It was this. Maianthemum oleraceum. With its in-your-face panicles of lavender flowers, hanging over the path right at eye level. Such a fantastic plant.
|The Maianthemum's dark legs remind me of black bamboo|
|Even my camera didn't want to focus on the Cardiocrinum. That's the Maianthemum in the background.|