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White In May

White blooms combine so well with other flowers and help make their companions pop!

White dogwood tree in bloom.

May is always a wonderful month to be out in the garden. There is usually warmth rather than heat, new growth rather than brown sticks, and everything is full of promise.

Author and gardener, Ruth Stout wrote:

“Working in the garden gives me a profound feeling of inner peace. Nothing here is in a hurry; there is no rush toward accomplishment, no blowing of trumpets. Here is the great mystery of life and growth. Everything is changing, growing, aiming at something, but silently, unboastfully, taking its time.”

Although gardening is usually a solitary act, one never seems to feel alone in the garden, and there is always something on the verge of happening.

Today I noticed that my lily-of-the-valley have opened. There are a lot of white blooms in May: bridal wreath spirea, mock orange, snowflakes, candy tuft and white dogwoods and viburnums. I love to have a lot of white flowers in my garden, as they combine so well with other flowers and help make their companions pop. Though, I sometimes find that the white varieties of perennials such as coneflowers, creeping phlox, and oriental poppies, for example, appear not to be as vigorous or persistent as perennials of more common colors.

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Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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