Meet campanula ‘Chettle Charm.’ I’ve had this plant for seven years, and this is the first time I’ve seen the blooms (rabbits have had their way with it every other year). The edges of the petals are just-barely touched with pale blue.
This is geranium ‘Samobor’, which I grow more for the foliage than for the flowers. They’re so small and wispy, they’re easy to overlook. I do love the grape color of the blooms, though, and wish they were larger.
Today’s Thing I Can’t Grow, the New England Aster, has two threats to its existence: rabbits and me.
During the growing season, and especially when it’s first forming flower buds, the aster looks to me like a weed. If I don’t mark it carefully, I pull it by mistake by mid-summer. If it’s lucky enough to make it to August, then the rabbits discover it, and mow the plant down before it blooms.
I have enough chicken-wire cages throughout my garden, in an attempt to keep the marauding hordes from destroying my plants. I don’t need to add more, especially to shield plants that look unattractive until they bloom in fall. Hurrah for hardy chrysanthemums instead!