Aster x frikartii Mönch, planted earlier this year, has opened its first flowers.
They are quite stunning with their simple shape and cool colour. I have been hankering for this plant since I first saw it; it’s thrilling to watch it unfold in our own garden, the earliest of our asters into bloom.
Another ‘new blue’ that has unfurled its petals in the last week or two is Scabiosa caucasica ‘Clive Greaves’. I planted three of these as bare-roots last autumn, sadly the third plant has not appeared, but the remaining two have begun to bloom. The prominent petals that surround the characteristic pinhead centre give these flowers a very elegant appearance, floating on long thin stems.